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Poverty quotes and quotations

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.
Antiphanes

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
Anatole France

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Confucius

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
Benjamin Franklin

Poverty is the step-mother of genius.
Josh Billings

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Aristotle

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.
Apuleius

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.
Bible

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

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.
Kin Hubbard

Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent.
Plato

For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
Bible

The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.
Oliver Goldsmith

Chill penury repress'd their noble rage, And froze the genial current of the soul.
Thomas Gray

The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Bible

Oh, the little more, and how much it is! And the little less, and what worlds away.
Robert Browning

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.
George Canning

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.
Bible

Patiently bear the burden of poverty.
Dionysius Cato

The beggarly last doit.
William Cowper

And plenty makes us poor.
John Dryden

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
Bible

Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux

Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
John Dryden

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Bible

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.
Oliver Goldsmith

One must be poor to know the luxury of living.
Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas

Poverty is no sinne.
George Herbert

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.
George Herbert

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.
Ching-an

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.
Patrick Duncan

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.
Eugene O'neill

Poverty is the openmouthed relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. And it is hell enough.
Henry George

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
Theodore Parker

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