Poverty Quotes

In wealth, many friends; in poverty, not even relatives.

Japanese Proverb

Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.

Eli Khamarov

The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers

William James

Loves conquers all things except poverty and toothache.

Mae West

Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.

Benjamin Franklin

Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil.

Christian Nestell Bovee

Wealth and poverty are seen for what they are. It begins to be seen that the poor are only they who feel poor, and poverty consists in feeling poor. The rich, as we reckon them, and among them the very rich, in a true scale would be found very indigent and ragged.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.

Oliver Goldsmith

Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for.

William Hazlitt

Poverty sits by the cradle of all our great men, and rocks them up to manhood; and this meager foster-mother remains their faithful companion throughout life.

Heinrich Heine

One solitary philosopher may be great, virtuous, and happy in the depth of poverty, but not a whole people.

Isaak Iselin

A man guilty of poverty easily believes himself suspected.

Samuel Johnson

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

Samuel Johnson

The inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence.

Samuel Johnson

It is unmistakable madness to live in poverty only to die rich.


The greatest hardship of poverty is that it tends to make men ridiculous.


Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.


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


I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Groucho Marx

Economic growth without social progress lets the great majority of people remain in poverty, while a privileged few reap the benefits of rising abundance.

John F. Kennedy

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.

Bill Cosby

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass

Hope is necessary in every condition. The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would, without this comfort, be insupportable.

Samuel Johnson

Learn to be pleased with everything; with wealth, so far as it makes us beneficial to others; with poverty, for not having much to care for, and with obscurity, for being unenvied.

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