Poverty quotes and quotations
Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Poverty is the step-mother of genius.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
You are going to let the fear of poverty govern your life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
George Bernard Shaw
Poverty is the discoverer of all the arts.
Leave the poor Some time for self-improvement. Let them not Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms For bread, but have some space to think and feel Like moral and immortal creatures.
Philip James Bailey
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty.
It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.
Chill penury repress'd their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul.
The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Oh, the little more, and how much it is! And the little less, and what worlds away.
Needy knife-grinder! whither are ye going? Rough is the road, your wheel is out of order; Bleak blows the blast--your hat has got a hole in it. So have your breeches.
Thank God for poverty That makes and keeps us free, And lets us go our unobtrusive way, Glad of the sun and rain, Upright, serene, humane, Contented with the fortune of a day.
William Bliss Carman
So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
Patiently bear the burden of poverty.
The beggarly last doit.
And plenty makes us poor.
Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Living from hand to mouth.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas
The greatest man in history was the poorest.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so.
One must be poor to know the luxury of living.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas
Poverty is no sinne.
Yes, child of suffering, thou may'st well be sure He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I wasn't born in a log cabin, but my family moved into one as soon as they could afford it.
Melville D. Landon
Poverty ... It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest.
Henry David Thoreau
Poverty is the mother of health.
The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.
Hard as it may appear in individual cases, dependent poverty ought to be held disgraceful.
Thomas Robert Malthus
When you're really poor, everything you see is something you can't have.
The child was diseased at birth, stricken with a hereditary ill that only the most vital men are able to shake off. I mean poverty--the most deadly and prevalent of all diseases.
Poverty is the openmouthed relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. And it is hell enough.
As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
He who knows how to be poor knows everything.