Poverty Quotes

Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor. William Cobbett

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved. Mother Teresa

He who knows how to be poor knows everything. Jules Michelet

Debt is the worst poverty. Thomas Fuller

Empty pockets never held anyone back. Only empty heads and empty hearts can do that. Norman Vincent Peale

We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition. William James

It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them. Bill Vaughan

Poverty does not produce unhappiness: it produces degradation. George Bernard Shaw

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor. James Baldwin

To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility. William Cobbett

The most common cause of fear of old age is associated with the possibility of poverty. Napoleon Hill

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin. Charles Darwin

Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. Rutherford Hayes

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time. Willem de Kooning

It is easy enough to tell the poor to accept their poverty as God’s will when you yourself have warm clothes and plenty of food and medical care and a roof over your head and no worry about the rent. But if you want them to believe you – try to share some of their poverty and see if you can accept it as God’s will yourself! Thomas Merton

This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort. Lyndon Baines Johnson

Poverty is hereditary – you get it from your children. Phyllis Diller

Poverty is not socialism. To be rich is glorious. Deng Xiaoping

It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty. Juvenal

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. Robert F Kennedy

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. Aristotle.

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor. H L Mencken

You lose your manners when you are poor. Lillian Hellman

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations. Adam Smith