Slum Quotes

To some extent, if you’ve seen one city slum you’ve seen them all. Spiro T Agnew

What is a slum?… it is something that mostly exists in the imaginations of middle-class do-gooders and bureaucrats…One person’s slum is another person’s community. May Hobbs

The slum is the measure of civilization. Jacob Riis

Slumism is the pent-up anger of people living on the outside of affluence. Slumism is decay of structure and deterioration of the human spirit. Slumism is a virus which spreads through the body politic. As other ‘isms’, it breeds disorder and demagoguery and hate. Hubert Humphrey

The daily lesson of slum life, visualised, reiterated, of low standards, vile living, obscenity, profanity, impurity, is bound to be dwarfing and debasing to the children who are in the midst of it. Albion Fellows Bacon

…several generations of slum environment will produce a slum heredity. Albion Fellows Bacon

One of the saddest sights of the slums is to see the thrifty wife of the working man, with her rosy brood of children, used to country air and sunshine, used to space, privacy, good surroundings, cleanliness, quiet, shut up amid the noise and dirt and confusion, in the gloom of the slum. Albion Fellows Bacon