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Every man has a certain sphere of discretion which he has a right to expect shall not be infringed by his neighbours. This right flows from the very nature of man. William Godwin
The man who gives me employment, which I must have or suffer, that man is my master, let me call him what I will. Henry George
This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty. Lyndon B. Johnson
Poverty is the worst form of violence. Mahatma Gandhi
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. John F. Kennedy
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet. E. M. Forster
Few, save the poor, feel for the poor. Letitia Elizabeth Landon
It is the destiny of the people of Haiti to suffer. Jean-Claude Duvalier
I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything. Eminem
I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. Benjamin Franklin
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. John Berger
Don't expect to build up the weak by pulling down the strong. Calvin Coolidge
The lack of money is the root of all evil. Mark Twain
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships. W. E. B. Du Bois
It is not easy for men to rise whose qualities are thwarted by poverty. Juvenal
That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen. Michael Harrington
To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility. William Cobbett
Global poverty is falling faster today than at any time in human history. Steven Radelet
May God be my witness that there will not be a poor man in my Czardom... and even to my last shirt I will share with all. Boris Godunov
A shining city is perhaps all the President [Ronald Reagan] sees from the portico of the White House and the veranda of his ranch, where everyone seems to be doing well. But there's another part to the shining city. In this part of the shining city there are more poor than ever, more families in trouble, and more people who need help and can't find it. Mario Cuomo
Something must be done; anything must be done, whether it works or not.. Bob Geldof
Just do something. New York Times
We can't turn our back on people who need help. John Kasich
Poverty is often off the beaten track. It always has been. Michael Harrington
All the principal towns are sadly decayed, and instead of finding every mortal employed, you meet with multitudes of poor creatures who are starving in idleness. James Boswell
We cannot have homeless people in our society. It's just wrong. Adrienne Clarkson
Our time has experienced greater technological progress than ever existed before, and yet we are faced with the fact that world-wide poverty, hunger, death of children, unemployment, misery and the destruction of nature have not abated but rather to some extent increased. Many peoples are threatened with economic ruin, social disarray, political marginalization and national collapse. Hans Kung
When they seek to cut programs that help families living in poverty, I will fight them every step of the way. Patty Murray
No city in Italy contains so many miserable beggars, and no town in the world so many blind. Joel Roberts Poinsett
The War on Poverty did not work because it was a war on shame … a war on the family and a war on God. Marvin Olasky
Each landless citizen may occupy and appropriate a small allotment of the National Domain free of charge. Horace Greeley
The fact that some poor, illiterate people have ‘gone Communist’ does not prove that poverty caused them to do so. Barry Goldwater
I've not given the poor people of Bihar heaven, but I have given them a voice. Lalu Prasad Yadav
I never felt poverty as a child as we never knew anything else. Irving Berlin
Allow not the abject to rule over and dominate them who are noble and worthy of honour, and suffer not the high-minded to be at the mercy of the contemptible and worthless, for this is what We observed upon Our arrival in the City (Constantinople), and to it We bear witness. We found among its inhabitants some who were possessed of an affluent fortune and lived in the midst of excessive riches, whilst others were in dire want and abject poverty. This ill beseemeth thy sovereignty, and is unworthy of thy rank…. strive thou to rule with equity among men Baha u'llah
An imbalance between the rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. Plutarch
The rich don’t want the poor to get ahead of them. Huey P. Long
Nobody in America lives at the survival level, Most people in the world would love to live the way poor Americans live. Rick Warren
People without money are slaves. James Baldwin
In many cases democracy has not been able to solve the social problems like poverty. Mikhail Gorbachev
Unless the poor of the world agitate for themselves to be heard, there will be no changes in their circumstances. Vandana Shiva
There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things we could use Mother Teresa
The most successful supporters of tyranny are without doubt those general declaimers who attribute the distresses of the poor, and almost all evils to which society is subject, to human institutions and the iniquity of governments. Thomas Malthus
And if I could get the mayors, and the governors, and the president to look into the eyes of the five-year-olds of this nation, dressed in old raggedy clothes, whose zippers are broken but whose dreams are still alive, they would know what I know-that children need people to fight for them. To stand with them on the most dangerous streets, in the dirtiest hallways, in their darkest hours. Geoffrey Canada
The way to reduce pollution in Detroit is to make automobile company executives drive in non-air-conditioned cars during summer rush hours. The way to get business to join the war on poverty is to make corporate executives drive through Harlem every day instead of going home on air-conditioned trains drinking martinis. Lyndon B. Johnson
We all stand before history. I am a man of peace, of ideas. Appalled by the denigrating poverty of my people who live on a richly endowed land, distressed by their political marginalization and economic strangulation, angered by the devastation of their land, their ultimate heritage, anxious to preserve their right to life and to a decent living, and determined to usher to this country as a whole a fair and just democratic system which protects everyone and every ethnic group and gives us all a valid claim to human civilization, I have devoted my intellectual and material resources, my very life, to a cause in which I have total belief and from which I cannot be blackmailed or intimidated. Ken Saro-Wiwa
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Wealth makes many friends; but the poor is deserted by his neighbor. Book of Proverbs; Solomon
Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers Rutherford B. Hayes
Poverty is not a trait of character. It is created anew in each generation but not by heredity, by circumstances. Lyndon B. Johnson
It is hard to redistribute wealth of there is no productive class producing it. Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Redistribution of wealth has rarely been from the rich to the poor. Usually it is from the poor and middle class to the rich. Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Everything must be in contrast at an affair like this. You know, to show anything off properly you must have the contrast. Now, I am here tonight representing poverty. We have enough wealth right here at this table, right here at the speaker's table alone---their conscience should hurt them, which I doubt if it does---so that we could liquidate our national debt. Every rich man reaches a time in his career when he comes to a turning point and starts to give it away. Will Rogers
The folks who run the poverty industry in this town are worried that kids will get a better education at schools that cost half the amount they spend on the public schools. In their shoes, I'd be worried too. Anette Polly Williams
There's no compassion like the penny. Portuguese Proverb
There is plenty of corn in Castile, but he who has none, starves. Portuguese Proverb
We define poverty as a shortage of material goods, which justifies the production of more and more material goods. It does not occur to us that it might be more realistic to regard it as an aberrant situation in which more material goods are required than can actually be produced, for then the solution would be to create those socio-economic conditions in which less goods rather than more were required. Edward Goldsmith
If everyone gives one thread, the poor man will have a shirt. Russian Proverb
I have read your book and have come to help. [ Theodore Roosevelt
It is a duty certainly to give our sparings to those who want; but to see also that they are faithfully distributed and duly apportioned to the respective wants of those receivers. Thomas Jefferson
Though we cannot relieve all the distressed, we should relieve as many as we can. Thomas Jefferson
No sir, tho’ I was born and bred in England, I can dare to be poor, which is the only thing now—a—days men are asham’d of. John Gay
It is only the poor who are forbidden to beg. Anatole France
I have stopped at farm after farm where lean, underfed women and sickly men repeated again and again the same story—little food and no opportunity to get more. Theodore Roosevelt
This is the great moral issue of our day. 37 million people who live in poverty. It’s wrong. John Edwards
Poverty was nowhere more endurable than in a country where duty towards one's neighbor, that is, one's fellow-citizen, was practiced with the utmost piety, as a means of gaining the favor of God the King. Baruch Spinoza
The biggest problem is that the rich people paying the bills do not share the same goals as the poor people they are trying to help. The wealthy have weak incentives to get the right amount of the right thing to those who need it; the poor are in no position to complain if they don’t. William Easterly
Free markets and democracy are far from an overnight solution to poverty- they require among many other things the bottom-up evolution of the rules of the game, including contract enforcement and fair political competition. William Easterly
The poor have neither the income nor political power to hold anyone accountable for meeting their needs- they are political and economic orphans. William Easterly
Statistically, a “normal” human being in today’s world is poor, lives in oppressive physical, social, and political conditions, and is ruled by unresponsive and corrupt government. Moises Naim
Richer people tend to be happier than poor people, and people in poor countries tend to be less happy than people in rich countries. Joseph Stiglitz
It’s an unfortunate and wonderful characteristic of America that we protect privacy for no reason. Jim Harper
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. Herman Melville
Full stomachs don't believe empty ones. Corsican Proverb
Society’s willingness to provide for the poor among them increases when the standard of living is advancing. Benjamin H. Friedman
It’s a cruel jest to ask a bootless man to lift himself up by his own bootstraps. Martin Luther King Jr.
They took a census of the floating unemployed on the East Side, which covered the homeless men. In the Municipal Lodging House, in the missions and shelters, in flop-houses and speakeasies where a man can stay all night, sleeping on sawdust, if he buys a drink… The regular salaried census takers had a force of between two and three hundred volunteers, divided up into teams…They are rounding up the misery of the East Side. …This is a queer census. It is a census of misery. It is the count of despair. In New York City for future reference they will tabulate the hopeless and put between covers of books how many men are wandering around shelterless, no prospect of jobs, no place to stay in the daytime, no place to sleep at night. How many are there - the wanderers from Municipal Lodging House to Salvation Army shelter, to flop-house, to speakeasy? How many are there sleeping in the subway or under the bridge at One Hundred and Eighty-fourth Street? Mary Heaton Vorse
The central issue of our time remains the fact that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer. Ivan Illich
The poor don’t know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity. Jean-Paul Sartre
God help the poor, for the rich can help themselves. Anonymous
Poverty is no disgrace, but it's no honor either. Anonymous
Poverty is slavery. Anonymous
Church, State, and Nobility exhaust the People to such a degree, I have no Idea of the Possibility of deeper Wretchedness. John Adams
Private beneficence is totally inadequate to deal with the vast numbers of the city's disinherited. Jane Addams
Poverty makes slaves of free men. African Proverb
If you've seen one city slum you've seen them all. Spiro Agnew
Government has a responsibility to the have-nots. Clifford Alexander
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human being become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of respectability at a commensurate speed. Maya Angelou
We will continue to move from misery to poverty with dignity. Jean-Bertrand Aristide
The rich are few everywhere, the poor many. Aristotle
I may be President of the United States but my private life is nobody’s damn business. Chester A. Arthur
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell. Walter Bagehot
Speak up for the people that nobody speaks for. Warren Beatty
In the day of prosperity there is a forgetfulness of affliction. Wisdom of Ben Sira
There is another world out there, the existence of which the Court, I suspect, either chooses to ignore or fears to recognize. And so the cancer of poverty will continue to grow. Harry A. Blackmun
Reducing poverty is in our own interest. Tony Blair
Has every defense contractor yielded a perfect product, at minimal cost? Has every cancer project brought a cure? Has every space launching succeeded? Has every diplomatic initiative brought peace? Why should a less than perfect record for social programs be less tolerable to society than failed economic, military or diplomatic policies? Hyman Bookbinder
Benevolence has come somewhat into fashion of late. Catherine Booth
A population sodden with drink, steeped in vice, eaten up by every social and physical malady, these are the denizens of darkest England ... the submerged tenth: Is it then beyond the reach of the nine-tenths in the midst of whom they live. William Booth
Los Angeles cannot permanently exist as two cities—one amazingly prosperous, the other increasingly poorer in substance and in hope.... This city, like the nation, is living with an increasing polarization of incomes. A rising tide no longer lifts all boats. Thomas Bradley
Upon the state falls directly the ... burden of the demoralization of its citizenry and of the social unrest which attend destitution and the denial of opportunity. Louis D. Brandeis
There exists in modem America the necessity for protecting all of us from arbitrary action by governments more powerful and more pervasive than any in our ancestors’ time. William J. Brennan, Jr.
The poor generally follow behavior patterns established by the rich. Jane Brody
The great unwashed Henry Peter Brougham
Those of us who have been economically successful cannot forget those who have not. Ronald H. Brown
The great unwashed Edmund Burke
Deep persistent poverty is unworthy of our nation’s promise …. All of us are diminished when any are hopeless. George W. Bush
Poverty and immorality are not synonymous. James F. Byrnes
When I feed the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. Helder Camara
The rich must protect the poor just as clothes protect the body. Cambodian Proverb
The greatest and best of our race have necessarily been nurtured in the bracing school of poverty—the only school capable of producing the supremely great. Andrew Carnegie
Raise your hand if you have a poor friend? Jimmy Carter
The poor don't vote all the time. Rosalynn Carter
Those who claim they are the prisoners of the laws of economics, only testify that they are prisoners of the idol. Catholic Bishops
The needs of the poor take priority over the desires of the rich Catholic Church
There are only two families in the whole world, my old grandmother used to say, The Haves and the Have-Nots. Miguel de Cervantes
How we behave in our public lives inevitably reflects values, attitudes and experiences embedded in our private lives and vice versa. William H. Chafe
The poor are the Negroes of Europe. Nicolas Chamfort
Guerrilla troops, especially when supported by much of the population, [can] hold a colonial army at bay. David Chandler
The personal life of every individual is based on secrecy, and perhaps it is partly for that reason that civilized man is so nervously anxious that personal privacy should be respected. Anton Chekhov
A poor man is a man who has not got much money. This may seem a simple and unnecessary description, but in the face of a great mass of modern fact and fiction, it seems very necessary indeed; most of our realists and sociologists talk about a poor man as if he were an octopus or an alligator. Gilbert K. Chesterton
We are undemocratic, then, in our religion, as is proved by our efforts to “raise” the poor. Gilbert K. Chesterton
The working poor is a growing population in this country. Deborah Chollet
As more of our medical records are stored electronically, the threats to our privacy will increase. Bill Clinton
Remove poverty from politics. Bill Clinton
Global poverty is a powder keg ignitable by our own indifference. Bill Clinton
Half the people of the world are living on less than $2 a day. Bill Clinton
I'm tired of people on trust funds telling people on food stamps how to live. Bill Clinton
It's not an underclass anymore; it's an outer class. Bill Clinton
No one who works full time and has children should be poor in America. Bill Clinton
You can't have generation after generation not knowing work. Bill Clinton
In a well-governed nation poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a badly governed country wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
What a miserable place a city is for poor people. David Crockett
The real threat to the democracy is the half a nation in poverty. Walter Cronkite
We are at great risk in our democracy for failing to understand the great depths of poverty. Walter Cronkite
I have lived in Chicago all my life and I still say we have no ghettos in Chicago. Richard Joseph Daley
There are no "points of light" for those who sleep on grates and park benches. Patti Davis
Poverty breeds a lack of self reliance. Daniel DeLeon
Politicians don't like to target benefits to poor people, because poor people don't contribute to their campaigns. Alfred DelliBovi
Poverty is ever an inbred growth Demaratos
Merry Christmas to the poor of Salt Lake City. Palmer DePaulis
The poor will never cease out of the land. Book of Deuteronomy
It is assumed that the daughters of the poor are for the use of the rich. They assume that we’re their property. Phoolan Devi
The Privileged and the People form Two Nations. Benjamin Disraeli
Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other's habits, thoughts and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones or inhabitants of different planets ... the rich and the poor. Benjamin Disraeli
We are two nations. John Dos Passos
Something must be done. Edward VIII
I want to be the voice and the vision for the poor and the powerless. Joycelyn Elders
No man can be wise on an empty stomach. George Eliot; Mary Ann Cross
Part of the responsibility of government is to serve the needs of those that have the least among us. Rodney Ellis
Poverty demoralizes. Ralph Waldo Emerson
[Describing London:] Close to the splendid houses of the rich such a lurking place of the bitterest poverty may also be found. Friedrich Engels
In prosperity remember adversity. English Proverb or Saying
The Devil dances in an empty pocket. English Proverb or Saying
I think the problem is that we Nigerians have yet to accept that we are now poorer than we used to be. Olu Falae
There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty. George Farquhar
It’s poverty and hunger that drive these students to the madrasahs. Aziz Ahmed Faruqi
What the poor did to the poor was the business of the poor, not the business of the proper people who ran the city. Howard Fast
It was a common vice of the English, when they were reduced to poverty, that rather than endure it patiently, they exposed their own children to sale. Girald of Wales; Girald
There is not enough wealth in the cities to redistribute it from those who are wealthy to those who are poor. Stephen Goldsmith
Who takes the blame: the leader who talks of poverty but lives in luxury, or the poor who choose a leader of that type? Gora; Shri Goparaju Ramachandra
Poverty is born of super-abundance itself. Charles Fourier
Everything I say and do, I assume that I am being spied on. Vincente Fox
Only the poor are forbidden to beg. Anatole France; Jacques Anatole Francois Thibault
Your poverty is my shame. Liu Fu
He whose belly is full believes not him whose is empty. Thomas Fuller
We should remember the poor. Book of Galatians
Where the conditions to which material progress everywhere tends are most fully realized, we find the deepest poverty .... Amid the greatest accumulations of wealth, men die of starvation, and puny infants suckle dry breasts. Henry George
Poverty is an open-mouthed, relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. Henry George
The association of poverty with progress is the enigma of our times. Henry George
Why should there be such abject poverty? Henry George
So long as all the increased wealth which modern progress brings, goes but to build up great fortunes, to increase luxury, and make sharper the contest between the House of Have and the House of Want, progress is not real and cannot be permanent. Henry George
There are at this day in Scotland two hundred thousand people begging from door to door. These are not only no way advantageous, but a very grievous burden to so poor a country … It were better for the nation if they were sold to the galleys or West Indies, than that they should continue any longer to be a burden and curse upon us. Andrew Fletcher
Individuals and families whose standards of living are shockingly low quite naturally feel that they have nothing to lose by championing Communism. Bertie Charles Forbes
We will not settle for a state that will settle for an underclass. Mike Foster
A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, decent, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seeds of things to come. Eric Hoffer
However badly off a community may be at any given time, someone profits while the community remains in its present conditions. Someone owes his status to retention of the present conditions. Someone's plans and investment in the future depend on everything remaining the same. J. Herbert Holloman
The worst food comes to the poor, which their poverty makes them buy and their necessity makes them eat. Their stomachs are the waste-basket of the State. It is their lot to swallow all the adulterations on the market. George Jacob Holyoake
No one has starved. Herbert Hoover
The poorhouse is vanishing from among us.... We ... today are nearer to the final triumph over poverty than ever before in the history of any land.... We shall soon ... be in sight of the day when poverty will be banished from this nation. Herbert Hoover
Man cannot maintain his morals when he has no ordinary means of living. Kenko Hoshi
Attacking poverty is very expensive, and means doing things politically that are either impossible or very difficult to bring off. Harold Howe II
The security of the Republic will be found in the treatment of the poor and ignorant; in indifference to their misery and helplessness lies disaster. Charles Evans Hughes
We’ve lost the line between public and private. Ellen Hume
What the working-classes really need is to be allowed some part in the direction of public affairs. Henrik Ibsen
What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor. Book of Isaiah
Woe to them, that take away the right of the poor. Book of Isaiah
Most people are poor at some time in their lives. But poverty is no excuse for committing crime. Sharpe James
I never knew an instance of the English parliament's undertaking to relieve the poor, by a distribution of bread in time of scarcity.... I think, that according to the principles of their government, they would only vote a sum of money, and address the King to employ it for the best. Thomas Jefferson
It is easy to say that poverty is no crime .... It is a blunder though, and is punished ... A poor man is despised the whole world over. Jerome K. Jerome
It is not enough, for example, to acknowledge and respect every man's right to the means of subsistence if we do not strive to the best of our ability for a sufficient supply of what is necessary for his sustenance John XXIII; Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli
For the first time in America's history, poverty is on the run. Lyndon B. Johnson
People who didn't know the depression just don't know what being poor means. Lyndon B. Johnson
Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance. Lyndon B. Johnson
The wall between rich and poor is a wall of glass which all can see. Lyndon B. Johnson
The war on poverty is not a struggle simply to support people, to make them dependent on the generosity of others. It is a struggle to give people a chance. Lyndon B. Johnson
Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult. Samuel Johnson
Poverty abides no line drawn by color or culture. Jacqueline Jones
They do not easily rise whose abilities are repressed by poverty at home. Decimus Junius Juvenal
Learn to succor the distressed Macmillan Clan
The problem with having an all-encompassing privacy law … is the protection it gives to those who don’t merit protection. [Corrupt officials] Peter Mandelson
The cry of the poor for bread has been answered by warheads! Timothy Manning
Underneath the conservative popular base is the substratum of the outcasts and outsiders, the exploited and persecuted of other races and other colors, the unemployed and the unemployable. They exist outside the democratic process; their life is the most immediate and the most real need for ending intolerable conditions and institutions. Herbert Marcuse
With the poor people of this world I will cast my lot and share their fate. Jose Marti
If you are poor today, you will always be poor. Only the rich now acquire riches. Marcus Valerius Martial
Poverty divide not only nations but societies within nations. Malachi Martin
Pauperism is the hospital of the labor army. Karl Marx
For you will have the poor with you always. Book of Matthew
Poor children fare worse than rich children on just about everything that social scientists measure. Susan Mayer
As London is the greatest of all cities, there is naturally the greatest amount of human wretchedness to be seen concentrated within it; wretchedness too, that is made to look still more wretched, simply from the fact of its being associated with the most abundant comfort in the world. Henry Mayhew
There are corporations worth billions of dollars—and hundreds of thousands of people who don't get to eat. Carson McCullers
I wouldn't want everything in my personal life spread on a billboard any more than anyone else would, because we've all had our escapades. George McGovern
Poverty was not caused by the churches; so how can the churches solve the poverty problem? Aaron McGruder
How fared the Irish artisan—how fared the Irish peasant? Where one pined, as he yet pines, in your beggared cities, the other starves, upon your fruitful soil. Thomas Francis Meagher
Poverty is a soft pedal upon all branches of human activity. H. L. Mencken
Put all other sufferings on one side of the scale, and poverty on the other, and poverty would be heavier. Midrash
Can we blame an elector of the poorer classes, who has only the choice among two or three rich men, for requiring from the one he votes for a pledge to those measures which he considers as a test of emancipation from the class-interests of the rich? John Stuart Mill
No American should have to choose between heating and eating. Joseph Moakley
Poverty in America wears a diaper much more often than it wears a hearing aid. Money desperately needed by poor kids is going to rich elderly. Richard Lamm
It’s not that the actual suffering is so great—though it’s bad enough—but the men seem such big helpless children, and the women so impersonal—little Atlases under a load they know will crush them out at last, but it doesn’t matter. They aren’t conscious any more than their hearts are conscious of their endless business of beating. They have no conscious life, no windows. It makes me ill. D. H. Lawrence
One-fourth of the children in this country are poor—and they don't vote. Patrick Leahy
The greatest problem we [in Kenya] face is the growing number of people living in poverty. The related sense of hopelessness has to be impacting on every part of environmental management. Richard Leakey
Russia is in the advanced stages of poverty. Juri Liim
No men living are more worthy to be trusted than those who toil up from poverty. Abraham Lincoln
When awesome investigative power is entrusted to so many individuals, it is extremely important that they wield it with a proper regard for your constitutional rights, especially your right to privacy. Edward V. Long
Do you come here often? Edward M. Kennedy
We have gone about as far as good will and even good legislation will take us. Robert Kennedy
The curse of poverty has no justification in our age. It is socially as cruel and blind as the practice of cannibalism at the dawn of civilization, when men ate each other because they had not yet learned to take food from the soil or to consume the abundant animal life around them. The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. Martin Luther King Jr.
Compassion is not a sloppy sentimental feeling for people ... it is an absolutely practical belief that regardless of a person's background, ability or ability to pay, he should be provided with the best that society has to offer. Neil Kinnock
It is nothing less than a shocking indictment on western society that we spend so much on ourselves and so little on those on have nothing. George Carey
In France … the Gentry who may possess Lands, live in good condition, though the Peasants are little better then Slaves, because they can possess nothing but at the will of others. Josiah Child
It is a mistake to condemn a horse for being slim and to condemn a capable person for being poor. Chinese Proverb
The poor should not have to learn how to be frugal and the rich should not have to learn to be extravagant. Chinese Proverb
Poverty fills armies, mans navies. Daniel Defoe
Beggars cannot be choosers English Proverb or Saying
Fame is a magnifying glass English Proverb or Saying
If wishes were horses, beggars could ride. English Proverb or Saying
None of the lower orders need suffer for an hour, the Poor House is open. Elizabeth Grant
Poor men's words have little weight. Greek Proverb
There is no commonwealth at this day in Europe wherein there is not great store of poor people, and those necessarily to be relieved by the wealthier sort, which otherwise would starve and come to utter confusion. With us the poor is commonly divided into three sorts, so that some are poor by impotence, as the fatherless child, the aged, blind, and lame, and the diseased person that is judged to be incurable; the second are poor by casualty, as the wounded soldier, the decayed householder, and the sick person visited with grievous and painful diseases; the third consisteth of thriftless poor, as the rioter that hath consumed all, the vagabond that will abide nowhere, but runneth up and down from place to place (as it were seeking work and finding none), and finally the rogue and the strumpet, which are not possible to be divided in sunder, but run to and fro over all the realm, chiefly keeping the champaign soils in summer to avoid the scorching heat, and the woodland grounds in winter to eschew the blustering winds. William Harrison
Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Dennis Kucinich
Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies Clive Staples Lewis
The citizens were so destitute that all the tropical fish in the city’s aquarium were devoured and even respectable women were driven to prostitution. Norman Lewis
The wealth of this land must be immediately redistributed among its 125 million people if America is to be saved as a country. Huey P. Long
The high price, therefore, which is so much complained of by the poor, has essentially mitigated their distress by bringing down to their level two or three millions more, and making them almost equal sharers in the pressure of the scarcity. Thomas Malthus
If our beggars of England should, with so much ease as they, furnish themselves with food at all seasons, there would not be so many starved in the streets, neither would so many gaoles [jails] be stuffed, or gallouses furnished with poore wretches, as I have seen them. Thomas Morton
It is the enormity of existing economic disparities that convinces me that only through new partnerships and coalitions, which unite private, public and quasi-public institutions, can they be overcome. David J. O'Reilly
There are but two families in the world … The haves and the have-nots. Panza Sancho
There should only be charity when it does not increase the need for charity. Elmer Pendell
A plantation seems a fit place for those ingenious spirits that being low in the world, are much clogged and oppressed about a livelihood. For the means of subsisting being easy there, they may have time and opportunity to gratify their inclinations, and thereby improve science and help nurseries of people William Penn
You cannot fight poverty unless you have stability. Ashraf Jehangir Qazi
Almost one-fourth of our children are living in poverty. No other western industrialized nation has anything close to that figure. This is not an act of God. There is no divine intervention that says children in America have to live in poverty more than children in Italy, or Denmark, or Great Britain, or Canada, or other western industrialized nations. It a result of flawed policy. It is a result of policy that panders to those who make campaign contributions rather than to needs Paul Simon
All the households of the poor are not equally submissive Sumerian Proverb
Men in masses do not forget the main gains of their civilization, and that, in spite of deteriorations, their tendency is upward. Andrew Dickson White
How rich, how happy is he who lives in poverty! He lives his days in wisdom, and sleeps in peace. Only he can be really happy, only he is so always! Maximilien Robespierre
Nations put too much effort and money into defending their borders. They know very little about the poverty and the suffering that exist in the countries where those bordering on destitution live. If they would only defend these defenseless people with food, shelter, and clothing, I think the world would be a happier place. Mother Teresa
Those who are more influential because they have greater share of goods and common services should feel responsible for the weaker and be ready to share with them all they possess John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
A change of mentality is needed, no longer seeing the poor as a burden, or as intruders trying to profit from others, but as people seeking to share the goods of the world so that we can create a just and prosperous world for all. John Paul II; Giovanni Battista Montini
Bread lines Anonymous
There is no starvation in China today. This is something that has not ever been achieved by any other government in China – ever. He Ya-Fei
The conflict against the mean oppression of poverty is a conflict for the liberation of the world from that net of coarse contradictions in which all men are fiercely and impotently struggling Maxim Gorky; Aleksei Maximovitch Peshkov
One could afford to treat with silent contempt a government run mad, and to laugh at the farces in which the pottering pantaloons employed by that government play in their muddling and meddling parts, did not these farces turn out to be tragedies for thousands of men, women, and children. Jenny Marx Longuet
... popular art has no chance of a healthy life, or, indeed, of a life at all, till we are on the way to fill up this terrible gulf between riches and poverty. William Morris
Every laborer, when possessing most strength and skill, and even when also exhibiting industry and general worth of character, and however healthy, and entirely free from family or other encumbrances, still is regarded by every poor-rate payer and by every parish official as a prospective pauper; or one who, though not yet chargeable to the parish, will surely become so thereafter, when his health fails, or old age approaches, if not much sooner. The most independent laborer regards himself in the same light of a pauper in a state of transition. Edmund Ruffin
The people of Pullman are destitute and starving. Over five thousand human beings are in dire necessity, and appeal to the liberal minded people of Chicago for help. Their unfortunate condition is due to no fault of theirs. They have been noted for their thrift, sobriety, and industry. The fault lies in the hard times and a hard taskmaster. . . . They have struck against a slavery worse than that of the negroes of the South. They, at least, were well fed and well cared for, while the white slaves of Pullman, worked they ever so willingly, could not earn enough to clothe and feed themselves decently--hardly enough to keep body and soul together. Now that they have struck for a living wage, they find themselves penniless, with gaunt famine and despair staring them in the face. . . . Help them as you wished to be helped in the hour of affiliation. Their cause is the cause of humanity. Their struggle is the struggle of honest industry against corporate greed William Thomas Stead
You’ve got to stop beating up your women because you can’t find a job because you didn’t want to get an education and now you’re [earning] minimum wage. William Cosby
The reigning model of economic globalization threatens earth’s life systems, undermines cultural integrity and diversity, and endangers the lives of many who are poor in order that some might consume exorbitantly and a few accumulate vast wealth. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda
Jobs are being outsourced at such an alarming rate My neighbor has no job at all with no prospects to date. So perhaps I should be thankful for the little that I make If I dare to ask for a living wage My job would be at stake. Phyllis Rosino
People who, whether they inhabit the desert or settled areas and cities, live a life of abundance and have all the good things to eat, die more quickly than others when a drought or famine comes upon them Ibn Khaldun
I cannot believe that human beings live that way. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Preventing poverty beats curing it. Anirudh Krishna
Poverty is a noose that strangles humility and breeds disrespect for God and man. Sioux Indian Tribe
I am not looking for people to be more kind to the homeless; I want to put an end to homelessness. Walter Benn Michaels
It might be that my poverty is my fault—the result of my ineptitude or my laziness. However, is there any way that the poverty that my child is condemned to is his fault? He certainly does not have the same opportunity as my child would if I were rich. But where then is our equality of opportunity? Walter Benn Michaels
The fragility and powerlessness of the state in large swathes of Africa, and the uncivil nature of the forces that emerge to fill the gaps, give cause for concern. In places such as Sierra Leone or Liberia, where there is mass illiteracy and up to three-quarters of the women have been raped, what are the prospects for civil peace and reducing widespread violence? Amina Mama
Nature is rich; but everywhere man, the heir of nature, is poor. Never in this happy country or elsewhere except in the Land of Miracle, where "they did all eat and were filled"-has there been enough of anything for the people. Never since time began have all the sons and daughters of men been all warm, and all filled, and all shod and roofed. Henry Demarest Lloyd
In size and population Manchester is the second city in the United Kingdom, containing above four-score thousand inhabitants. Imagine this multitude crowded together in narrow streets, the houses all built of brick and blackened with smoke; frequent buildings among them as large as convents ... where you hear from within ... the everlasting din of machinery; and where, when the bell rings, it is to call wretches to their work instead of to their prayers…. if Dante had peopled one of his hells with children, here was a scene worthy to have supplied him with new images of torment Robert Southey
The Moral and Physical Condition of the Working Classes Employed in the Cotton Manufacture in Manchester James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth
Bread and the Constitution Anonymous
Empty stomachs have no ears. French Proverb
I would rather govern rich men than be rich myself; since for one man to abound in wealth and pleasure, when all about him are mourning and groaning, is to a jailer and not a king. Fabricus; Caius Fabricius Luscinus
It is unjust to let any starve, when we think it just to limit the wages of the poor, so as they can lay up nothing against the time of their impotency and want of work. William Petty
The comforts and well-being of the poor cannot be permanently secured without some regard on their part, or some effort on the part of the legislature, to regulate the increase of their numbers, and to render less frequent among them early and improvident marriages. David Ricardo
Freedom from the wants of the body can help fulfill the needs of the spirit. Lyndon B. Johnson
Maximum Feasible Participation of the Poor Sargent Shriver
What is this War on Poverty? Money is going to people in Chicago who are against me. Richard Joseph Daley
I pity the poor soul who will have to run this program. Sargent Shriver
If any of thy brethren be poor …, thou shalt lend him sufficient. Book of Deuteronomy
The Palestinian population is relatively affluent in the Arab world. Poverty is not the root cause of the Palestinian problems. Hillel Fradkin
If the wealth of the whole world is, as you say, "pre-eminently and beneficially the nation's wealth," how is it that thousands of able-bodied, willing, earnest men and women are suffering the pangs of hunger? We may boast of our wealth and civilization, but to the hungry man and woman and child our progress is a hollow mockery, our civilization a sham, and our "national wealth" a chimera. Samuel Gompers
The war on poverty had not been undertaken at the request of the poor. Daniel P. Moynihan
The chief problem with lower income farmers is poverty Nelson A. Rockefeller
The Palestinian population is relatively affluent in the Arab world. Poverty is not the root cause of the Palestinian problems. Gabriel Schoenfeld
Yet all the poor commonly lay the blame on the Evil Government, excusing their own sloth, and luxury, as if their private goods forsooth were wasted by public exactions. Thomas Hobbes
nothing more afflicts the mind of man than Poverty Thomas Hobbes
But for fate we, the fortunate and the unfortunate, might have been each other. Bill Clinton
In a land of great wealth, families must not live in hopeless poverty. In a land rich in harvest, children just must not go hungry. In a land of healing miracles, neighbors must not suffer and die unattended. In a great land of learning and scholars, young people must be taught to read and write. Lyndon B. Johnson
A host of unemployed citizens face the grim problem of existence, and an equally great number toil with little return. Only a foolish optimist can deny the dark realities of the moment. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I see tens of millions of its citizens--a substantial part of its whole population--who at this very moment are denied the greater part of what the very lowest standards of today call the necessities of life. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
The impoverishment of any single people in the world means danger to the well-being of all other peoples. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Riches run after the rich, and poverty runs after the poor. French Proverb
God help the rich, the poor can look after themselves English Proverb or Saying
A hungry man is an angry man English Proverb or Saying
Every thing is moving and changing. Persons in poverty, are rising to opulence, and persons of wealth, are sinking to poverty. Catharine Beecher
Poverty is an artificial imposition on a human being. Muhammad Yunus
Poor people do not cause poverty. Poverty is thrust upon them. Muhammad Yunus
The biggest pressure towards bankruptcy is health expenses … an unexpected health problem is the biggest driver. Katherine S. Newman
‘Money can't buy happiness.’ That's just a lie we tell poor people to keep them from rioting in the streets Eva Longoria
A generation of entrepreneurs will mop up poverty at a rate that no government ever could. Newt Gingrich
If poverty was an easy problem to solve, it would have been solved a long time ago. Luis Alberto Moreno
I don’t deny that Cuba poverty exists, but at least the peasants there have an illusion of progress, whereas the Bolivian lives without hope. Che Guevara
One half of the world knows not how the other half lives. George Herbert
You don't have to be impoverished to understand poverty. Gary Hart
All the measures of government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer. William Henry Harrison
No person ought to be in a worse condition when born under what is called a state of civilization, than he would have been had he been born in a state of nature Thomas Paine
The great mass of the poor in countries are become an hereditary race, and it is next to impossible them to get out of that state of themselves Thomas Paine
The classical case is that of the starving man who steals a loaf of bread. That he should be allowed to go free is understandable enough; but it is less understandable that 'society's' obligation not to let him starve should devolve upon one baker chosen at random and not on society as a whole. Vilfredo Pareto
The misery of the people here is very great, the beggars innumerable and increasing everyday…One half of the people in Ireland eat neither bread nor flesh for one half of the year, nor wear Shoes or Stockings; your Hogs in England and Essex Calves lie and live better than they. John Parker
It is futile to speak of liberty as long as economic slavery exists … poverty is slavery! Peter Kropotkin
Poverty causes crime. John Cooke
Treating women like a burden to the men is one of the reasons for poverty. Averroes; Abu'l Walid Muhammad Ibn Rushd Al-Qurtubi
Reducing poverty is a political challenge. It involves overcoming class-based interests in inequality and it requires effective institutions to deliver resources to and create opportunities for the poor, frequently in the face of local opposition. When poor women are the target of these kinds of interventions, resistance can be even more intense than opposition to pro-poor measures…. Notions of gender equality are profoundly counter-cultural in many societies …. Efforts to promote women’s equal entitlements to resources and equal opportunities to flourish in their productive and private lives encounter considerable social resistance. This resistance is often shared by development workers - from the top-level decision-makers to the "street-level" workers who implement policy Ashu Pasricha
Severely deprived, neglectful or abusive environments must have negative effects on a great many aspects of development, including intelligence. American Psychological Association
We are not here in this world to find elegant solutions, pregnant with initiative, or to serve the ways and modes of profitable progress. No, we are here to provide for all those who are weaker and hungrier, more battered and crippled than ourselves. That is our only certain good and great purpose on earth Michael Foot
Lord, give bread to the hungry, and hunger … to those who have bread. Catherine Doherty
It’s dangerous to live among poor people, because if they don’t have income, they are coming for you. Walter E. Fauntroy
You have to provide 5 things to the people: Income, Housing, Education, Health Care, and Justice. Walter E. Fauntroy
The second part of all his revenues, which came yearly into his possession, and was included in the receipts of the exchequer, as we mentioned a little before, he, with ready devotion, gave to God, ordering his ministers to divide it carefully into four parts, on the condition that the first part should be discreetly bestowed on the poor Asserius Menevensis; John Asser
Give not much to whom you should give little, nor little to whom much should receive much. Gregory I
The second part of all his revenues, which came yearly into his possession, and was included in the receipts of the exchequer, as we mentioned a little before, he, with ready devotion, gave to God, ordering his ministers to divide it carefully into four parts, on the condition that the first part should be discreetly bestowed on the poor Asserius Menevensis; John Asser
I’m really not concerned about the very poor. They have a safety net. Mitt Romney
If our Chancellor of the Exchequer had a Fortunatus' purse, and miraculous sacks of Indian meal that would stand scooping from forever,--I say, even on these terms Pauperism could not be endured; and it would vitally concern all British Citizens to abate Pauperism, and never rest till they had ended it again. Pauperism is the general leakage through every joint of the ship that it is rotten. Were all men doing their duty, or even seriously trying to do it, there would be no Pauper. Were the pretended Captains of the world at all in the habit of commanding; were the pretended Teachers of the world at all in the habit of teaching,--of admonishing said Captains among others, and with sacred zeal apprising them to what place such neglect was leading,--how could Pauperism exist? Thomas Carlyle
Yet today our splendid theory of government is confronted by a great peril. We have become blind to evils that menace us. We are confronted with glutted markets and idle labor. It is a condition that makes it possible for a few men to become landlords of a proud city like this while God's poor are packed in the slums. Such a condition is not only a menace to Republican institutions, but a travesty upon the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mary Elizabeth Lease
The labor movement has lifted more people out of poverty than all the programs in the country. Patricia A. Ford
My friends, my brothers! I know why you are coming to cross the river . . . our land is hungry, and offers little food. But it will always be this way, unless you young men give your strength to the fields around your homes. The few cattle you bring home will be gone before you know it, and you will have to risk your lives again and again to steal more. And what is becoming of the small flocks you were given? They are starving, because you have been neglecting them. The Navajos have suffered drought before, and lived through it without making enemies on every side of their land. If you dig deep enough, you will find water. If your thoughts become harmonious, the rain will come. Give your hearts to your own land, not to the trails which lead to your neighbors' land. Barboncito
This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times. Henry George
The meek are a hell of a long way from inheriting the earth. Christopher Vokes
The compassionate are not rich; therefore, the rich are not compassionate. Leo Tolstoy
Poverty, and material and moral misery, are everywhere. There is little to cheer us. Unfortunately, this is the true state of the country. It’s not our fault: unthinking rulers, ignorant of the way of the world, have run this country for years, not to say centuries, and reduced a paradise to this sorry state. Most of our officials are inexperienced and at a loss. Our poor people have ability, but they have fallen under the influence of superstitions which have been presented as sacred dogma. Kemal Ataturk
…nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want. Jonathan Swift
The poor developed an envy and an extreme jealousy, born of the realization that they are as worthy, or even more worthy than the wealthy, and are nonetheless afflicted with poverty, hunger, misery, and contempt. Jean Bodin
Problems of persistent poverty cannot be addressed unless they are acknowledged. William Julius Wilson
Boileau said that Kings, Gods and Heroes only were fit subjects for literature. The writer can only write about what he admires. Present-day kings aren't very inspiring, the gods are on a vacation and about the only heroes left are the scientists and the poor … And since our race admires gallantry, the writer will deal with it where he finds it. He finds it in the struggling poor now. John Steinbeck
One of the glaring failures of capitalism is the continuing widespread existence of poverty - often extreme poverty. Even in the advanced economies, many millions of people endure terrible economic and social deprivation, despite the incredible wealth all around them. Jim Stanford
The awful phantom of the hungry poor. Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford
If thou wouldst help others, deal with them as though they were what they should be John Lancaster Spalding
Poverty Corrodes Freedom Harry Heinz Schwarz
It is a melancholy but an undoubted fact, that, even in the most thriving countries, part of the population annually dies of mere want. Jean-Baptiste Say
Religious feuds are rife…. Everybody goes on just the same, and nobody cares except those who can’t get bread to eat. Fulke Baron; Charles Fulke Greville
The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty. Michael Parenti
Asking a man to tighten up his belt when he has already been stripped down to his underwear is not inspirational can be insensitive and insulting. Al Sharpton
Giving away food only encourages the poor not to starve. Increase productivity, not employment. Insure profits before we insure people Don’t be haters! We’re job creators. Bailout banks, not these losers (people evicted by banks foreclosing on their mortgages). Brian McFadden
In India, more people have cell phones than access to a toilet Geoffrey C. Ward
The function of democratic living is not to lower standards but to raise those that have been too low. Eleanor Roosevelt
I regard the poor man, in his present condition, as so much wasted raw material. Cut up and properly canned, he might be made useful to fatten the natives of the cannibal islands and to improve our export trade in that region. I shall recommend legislation upon the subject in my first message. My campaign cry will be: "Dessicate the poor working-man; stuff him into sausages.” Mark Twain
From these cities they would go on again, by the roads of vines and olives, through squalid villages, where there was not a hovel without a gap in its filthy walls, not a window with a whole inch of glass or paper; where there seemed to be nothing to support life, nothing to eat, nothing to make, nothing to grow, nothing to hope, nothing to do but die. Charles Dickens
As covetousness is the root of all evil, so poverty is, I believe, the worst of all snares. Daniel Defoe
They had been brought up in the School of Hard Knocks. George Ade
… poor people deserve access to food, education, housing, and medical services Paul Farmer
Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organization. Atal Bihari Vajpayee
The great mass of our poor white population begin to understand that they have rights, and that they, too, are entitled to some of the sympathy which falls upon the suffering. They are fast learning that there is an almost infinite world of industry opening before them, by which they can elevate themselves and their families from wretchedness and ignorance to competence and intelligence.. Charles Francis Adams II
The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich. Bertrand Russell
We cannot rest while Brazilians are going hungry, while families are living in the streets, while poor children are abandoned to their own fates and while crack and crack dens rule. Dilma Rousseff
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ten men in our country could buy the whole world and ten million can't buy enough to eat. Will Rogers
Destroy poverty, that source of crime, by assuring to each the satisfaction of all needs! And how difficult is this to achieve? Ravachol; Francois Claudius
By helping the poor, we must be able to remove their poverty. By extending help to one here and one there in the form of providing food will not remove poverty Periyar E. V. Ramasamy
A small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth. Democritus
We are suffering just now from a bad attack of economic pessimism …. The economic problem may be solved, or at least be in sight of a solution, within a hundred years. John Maynard Keynes
What enchants me the most here is that all citizens are brothers. In America there are no poor, not even what one might call peasants. Marquis de Lafayette
It’s what you have to do to find a way to kick poverty’s ass. Paul Tudor Jones
… in the old days there were one thousand castes and destinies in India. These days, there are just two castes: Men with Big Bellies and Men with Small Bellies. And only two destinies: eat – or get eaten up Aravind Adiga
It was not until I got down to Latin America that I began to get a political education. Whatever my ideas when I went down there, I saw things around me every day that influenced me. I saw the terrible economic and social conditions, and the injustices that could not be ignored. Philip Agee
When a poor man has bread, he has no salt, and when he has salt, he has no bread. If he has some seasoning he has no meat. If he has some meat, he has no seasoning. Sumerian Proverb
Wealth is far away. Poverty is near. Sumerian Proverb
Jobless Men Keep Going We Can’t Take Care of Our Own Chamber of Commerce
The old simplifications about "more" schools and "more" housing, or even "better" schools or "better" housing, have not proved very successful in breaking the cycle of poverty or in dealing with the Negro family structure. Daniel Bell
Indigence in itself is neither a source of rights or a basis for denying them. Robert Houghwout Jackson
Let’s make the poor richer. Ricardo Salinas Pliego
Poverty decreased in America as a result of the War on Poverty Patrick McCarthy
Perhaps our generation … will live to reflect … that our hard times were not in vain. They should make us more conscious of the conditions which we wish to eradicate. Eleanor Roosevelt
Poverty is a corrosive brew, capable of eating away at the underpinnings of democratic life itself. Sasha Abramsky
Millions of middle-class Americans, in free fall during the economic collapse that began around 2008, have had a taste of what it means to be poor. David K. Shipler
Poverty violates core American values. It challenges the American dream’s promise of prosperity for anyone who works hard, a faith central to the national ethic. David K. Shipler
It does seem terribly unfair that such thousands of people are born and live and die with no past to regret and no future to look forward to. Dorothy Blake
Prohibiting Poverty Prestonia Mann Martin
They are, in general, very poor, destitute of most of the comforts of life, and extremely indolent: but a mild, inoffensive race. Benjamin Bonneville
We used to wage war on poverty—not poor people. Aaron Sorkin
Abolish Poverty Indira Gandhi
Until a leader drinks the dirty water from the wells … and then falls ill, he will not understand anything about poverty. Rahul Gandhi
This statement of fact is an eloquent comment on the apathy with which many people regard the mental and physical health of the rising generation…A woman will lavish love and care, and attention on her pet cat or ‘prize’ poodle, and yet draw her skirts aside from the starving children in the gutter. The mew of the cat and the howl of the dog, to say nothing of the squeal of the ‘tortured rabbit’- that figment of anti-vivisectionist imagination- are far more potent to loosen the purse-strings of the sentimentalists than the wail of children. Victoria Woodhull
China is now suffering from poverty, not from unequal distribution of wealth. Where there are inequalities of wealth, the methods of Marx can, of course, be used; a class war can be advocated to destroy the inequalities. But in China, where industry is not yet developed, Marx's class war and dictatorship of the proletariat are impracticable. Sun Yat-sen
The idea that the poor should have leisure has always been shocking to the rich. Bertrand Russell
The number one cause of poverty in the United States is kids having children before they are married. Rand Paul
The thing that the government does very well is to write checks. Get rid of all the bureaucracy and programs and just write check [to the poor]. Ross Douthat
The great network of social insurance programs established by President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, President Harry Truman’s Fair Deal, President John F. Kennedy’s Great Society, and President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and defended by President Bill Clinton, sharply limits the amount of poverty a downturn [in the economy] can cause. J. Bradford DeLong
Poor people don’t make campaign contributions. Bob Dole
We will not rest until this war [on poverty] is won. Lyndon B. Johnson
We’ve convinced ourselves that poverty is a tolerable thing. The basic problem is the sense of resignation about poverty in our society. Artur Davis
If any man was compelled by poverty to sell his farm or his pasture, he received it back again intact at the year of the Jubilee. Baruch Spinoza
It is right to be forward in the defense of the poor; no system that is not just as between rich and poor can hope to survive. Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess Salisbury
It would be impossible adequately to describe the privations which they [the Irish poor] habitually and silently endure…. In many districts, there only food is the potato, their only beverage, water … their cabins are seldom a protection against the weather … a bed or a blanket is a rare luxury … and nearby it all, their pig and manure heap constitute their only property. William Courtenay
I have seen the Indian in his forests and the negro in his chains, and thought as I contemplated their pitiable condition, that I saw the very extreme of human wretchedness, but I did not then know the condition of unfortunate Ireland …. In all countries, more or less, paupers may be discovered but an entire nation of paupers is what never was seen till it was shown in Ireland. The misery of Ireland descends to degrees unknown elsewhere. Gustave de Beaumont
Negro poverty is not white poverty. Many of its causes and many of its cures are the same. But there are differences—deep, corrosive, obstinate differences—radiating painful roots into the community and into the family, and the nature of the individual. These differences are not racial differences. They are solely and simply the consequence of ancient brutality, past injustice, and present prejudice. Lyndon B. Johnson
American poverty is darkened by lonliness: poverty in so many poor countries …. Is brightened only by community. Helping people gain other people to lean on—not just offering cheaper health care and food stamps, tax cuts and charter schools—seems essential to making the American dream work … Anand Giridharadas
The only remedy for Mexico's poverty which has appealed to our politicians has been to contract foreign loans, which have never been paid, and to invite foreign capital to invest in Mexico. Toribio Esquivel Obregon
… perceptions of poverty have gone up because there’s been rising inequality. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Government becomes a burden only when it functions on behalf of the poor. John Kenneth Galbraith
It is surprising how few references in our politics there are to the underclass as compared by the middle class. John Kenneth Galbraith
I have found out in later years we [his family] were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. Dwight D. Eisenhower
I could persuade a millionaire on a Friday to subsidize a revolution for Saturday out of which he would make a huge profit on Sunday even though he was certain to be executed on Monday. Saul Alinsky
Government's basic purpose is to allow those blessed with talent to go as far as they can—on their own merits. But ... government also has an obligation to assist those who, for whatever reason, have been left out by fate: the homeless, the infirm, the destitute. Mario Cuomo
The legislation of the age about " vagabonds" is written in blood. The only remedy suggested was to punish the vagrant by cruel tortures—by whipping and branding. Even death was resorted to after a second or third offence; and though these penalties proved very ineffectual, the system was not abandoned till the law of 43 Elizabeth recognized that punishment had failed as a remedy Arnold J. Toynbee
A large portion of pauperism and misery is really attributable to bad government and injustice. Arnold J. Toynbee
The poorest county in America is Clay County, Kentucky which is 94 percent white.. Jim Webb
The chaos of poverty feeds on itself. Robert D. Putnam
Poverty gives rise to the desire for change, the desire for action and the desire for revolution. Mao Zedong
People don't eat in the long run. They eat every day. Harry Hopkins
It is hard to make an empty sack stand upright. Benjamin Franklin
You’ve got to help people that are downtrodden and poor, and I just think that that’s part of our culture. You’ve got to help people that can’t help themselves. John Kasich
Poverty is sexist. Melinda Gates
Everywhere they are just alike, possess pretty much the same characteristics, the same vernacular, the same boorishness, and the same habits . . . everywhere, Poor White Trash. Daniel Robinson Hundley
Our poor white people . . . are suffered to while away an existence in a state but one step in advance of the Indian of the forest. William Gregg (industrialist)
There are a large number of white people who never owned a foot of land, who never have been in possession of any property, not even a cow or a horse, yet who have been as true and devoted loyalists as anybody else. Green Clay Smith
The ‘poor white’ is actually degraded; the mountain white is a person not yet graded up. William Goodell Frost
scum of the land … John Winthrop
The poor white Virginians are the shiftless, ignorant, and worthless class of anti-Social whites of the South, Albert S. Priddy
Shall then this man go hungry, here in lands Blest by his honor, builded by his hands? Do something for him: let him never be Forgotten: let him have his daily bread: He who has fed us, let him now be fed. Let us remember his tragic lot— Remember, or else be ourselves forgot! Edwin Markham
The South presents right now the Nation’s No. 1 economic problem. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Dependency had long defined the South. Since the 1870s, impoverished sharecroppers and convict laborers, white as well as black, had clung to the bottom rung of the social order. It may be hard for us to fathom, but the convict population was no better off than southern slaves had been. Nancy Isenberg
American Pesants Charles Morrow Wilson
We are the wealthiest country in the world. There is no excuse not to help poor people….When was the last time you saw poverty mentioned on television. Bernie Sanders
Those who are not hard-hearted enough to murder themselves leave it to others, to parish nurses who leave the babies to starve. Daniel Defoe
We have moved from a commitment to serve the deserving poor to an assumption that all are deserving. And much of this rests at the feet of politicians trolling for votes by larding on the largesse. Peter Cove
The government’s unprecedented expenditures failed to bring about the decline in poverty that Johnson had promised. Instead, they made things worse. Peter Cove
Not only does big government get in the way when it provides disincentives to work, it also has a profoundly negative effect on community. […] The more the government does for individuals, the more community is diminished. Peter Cove
This may sound like common sense, but the unfortunate reality is that objective self-review and recalibration are rarely the norm with most social programs. The widespread belief that commitment, good intentions, and good deeds are enough carries the day. Peter Cove
I care about the enviornment; I really do. But when you see that money, then you don't care. Becasue your getting the thing you need. Reecca Ten Bear Reed
If your baby is going to die and it doesn't have to, it shouldn't matter how much money you make. Jimmy Kimmel
No man should be made poor so another man can be made rich. Gary Ross
The poor are little folks living on little lands who want what we already have. Lyndon B. Johnson
Poverty for a female, went beyond teh wretchedness of having no money. Nancy Isenberg
The scalawag of today is the southern liberal who is painted by conservative ideologues as a traitor to the South for daring to say that poor whites and poor blacks possess similar economic interests. Nancy Isenberg
We're going to look at comparisons of things in the poorest group: beds, roofs, cooking. And observe, in all these comparisons, their homes are chosen so they are in completely different places of the world. But what we see is pretty identical. So the poorest billion cooking would look somewhat the same in these two places; you might not have shoes; eating, if you don't have a spoon; storing salt would be similar whether you're in Asia or in Africa; and going to the toilet would be pretty much the same experience whether you're in Nigeria or Nepal. In the middle, we have a huge group of five billion, but here we can see you will have electric light, most likely; you will no longer sleep on the floor; you will store your salt in a container; you will have more than one spoon; you will have more than one pen; the ceiling is no longer leaking that much; you will have shoes; you might have a phone, toys, and produce waste. Coming to our group ... [the more affluent], similar shoes, Jordan, US. We have sofas, fruits, hairbrushes, bookshelves, toilet paper in Tanzania, Palestine, hard to distinguish if we would sit in US, Palestine or Tanzania from this one. Vietnam, Kenya: wardrobes, lamps, black dogs, floors, soap, laundry, clocks, computers, phones, and so on Anna Rosling Ronnlund