Poverty Quotes

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

Groucho Marx

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

Juvenal

Poverty is the schoolmaster of character.

Antiphanes

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

Juvenal

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

Juvenal

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 has, in large cities, very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Samuel Johnson

Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life.

Honore de Balzac

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.

Theodore Parker

It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

Mother Teresa

Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy.

Benjamin Franklin

I hope we realize that the people of New Orleans weren't just abandoned during the hurricane. They were abandoned long ago — to murder and mayhem in the streets, to substandard schools, to dilapidated housing, to inadequate health care, to a pervasive sense of hopelessness.

Barack Obama

The test for aid to poor nations is therefore whether it makes them capable of being productive. If it fails to do so, it is likely to make them even poorer in the not so very long run.

Dean Acheson

If poverty was a man, I would have slain him.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

Woody Allen

Paying visits to ones own relatives prolongs the life of a person and prevents poverty and indigence.

Jafar ibn Muhammad as-S

Wealth and poverty do not lie in a person's estate, but in their souls.

Antisthenes

Of course, for a lot of people, death was a welcome change. Grinding poverty takes the edge off most things, including life.

Tom Baker

The test for aid to poor nations is therefore whether it makes them capable of being productive. If it fails to do so, it is likely to make them even poorer in the not so very long run.

Dean Acheson

The most powerful tool to lift families out of extreme poverty is to grant micro-loans to women.

Begum Aga Khan

A parents' dissatisfaction causes poverty and leads to humiliation.

al-Hadi, Ali

He who practices moderation and frugality will never be threatened with poverty.

Ali bin Abu-Talib

Come away; poverty's catching.

Aphra Behn

Injustice, poverty, slavery, ignorance these may be cured by reform or revolution. But men do not live only by fighting evils. They live by positive goals, individual and collective, a vast variety of them, seldom predictable, at times incompatible.

Sir Isaiah Berlin

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Updated On : January 21, 2014
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