Quotes About Poverty

Wars of nations are fought to change maps.  But wars on poverty are fought to map change.
Muhammad Ali

People who are homeless are not social inadequates.  They are people without homes.
Sheila McKechnie

I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor; rich is better.
Sophie Tucker

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

Whoso mocketh the poor reproacheth his Maker.
Proverbs 17:5

We were poor when I was young, but the difference then was that the government didn’t come around telling you you were poor.
Ronald Reagan

Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought poor.
William Cobbett

Poverty is the open-mouthed, relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society.
Henry George

A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
Samuel Johnson

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
John F. Kennedy

Poverty has many roots, but the tap root is ignorance.
Lyndon B. Johnson

For ye have the poor always with you...
Matthew 26:11

Remember the poor — it costs nothing.
Josh Billings

Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but is confoundedly inconvenient.
Sydney Smith

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
Raymond B. Egan

The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
Willem de Kooning

Poverty is no sin!
George Herbert

I used to think I was poor.  Then they told me I wasn’t poor, I was needy.  Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy.  I was deprived.  Then they told me that underprivileged was overused.  I was disadvantaged.  I still don’t have a dime.  But I have a great vocabulary.
Jules Feiffer



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