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Poverty Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Poverty

Please enjoy these Poverty Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

 

Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Love conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- Mae West

We think sometimes that poverty is only
being hungry, naked and homeless.
The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and
uncared for is the greatest poverty.
We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
- Mother Teresa

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Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

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

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody,
I think that is a much greater hunger,
a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
- Mother Teresa

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty,
and love from woes.
- Khalil Gibran

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

An important lever for sustained action in tackling
poverty and reducing hunger is money.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
- Jimmy Dean

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

Poverty is unnecessary.
- Muhammad Yunus

What matters poverty? What matters anything to him
who is enamoured of our art? Does he not carry in himself
every joy and every beauty?
- Sarah Bernhardt

Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind.
- George Gilder

The world is very different now.
For man holds in his mortal hands
the power to abolish all forms of human poverty,
and all forms of human life.
- John F. Kennedy

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty
is a kind of slander on the poor.
- H. L. Mencken

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

Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.
- Anzia Yezierska

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul,
impossible.
- Michel de Montaigne

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually
there would be no wars and no poverty.
I have made myself personally responsible
for the fate of every human being who has come my way.
- Anais Nin

Poverty must be reduced not only for reasons of moral and justice,
but also of security.
- Anna Lindh

It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.
- Robert D. Kaplan

There are no quick fixes to Indigenous poverty and social disaster.
- Malcolm Fraser

Poverty breeds lack of self-reliance.
- Daniel De Leon

There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
- George Farquhar

Wealthy men can't live in an island that is encircled by poverty.
We all breathe the same air.
We must give a chance to everyone, at least a basic chance.
- Ayrton Senna

Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty.
That's oppression in this country.
- H. Rap Brown

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.
- Charles Peguy

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

Poverty should not be viewed by us as a humiliation
and even less so as a position of honour or a fatality.
- Mathieu Kerekou

Republics end through luxury; monarchies through poverty.
- Charles de Secondat

People from both political parties have long recognized
that welfare without work creates negative incentives
that lead to permanent poverty.
It robs people of self-esteem.
- Mitt Romney

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

Traditionally the great men of our country have sprung from poor environments;
that being so,
it would appear we have long suffered from a severe lack of poverty.
- Gerald F. Lieberman

Alleviating poverty would be the Bank's overarching objective.
- Lewis Thompson Preston

I want to fight poverty and ignorance and give opportunity
to those people who are locked out.
- Russell Simmons

What power can poverty have over a home where loving
hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?
- Orison Swett Marden

People can be so apathetic.
They continue to ignore the real people trapped in
poverty and homelessness.
It's almost maddening.
- Daphne Zuniga

To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.
- J. P. Donleavy

The community which has neither poverty nor riches
will always have the noblest principles.
- Plato

Poverty does not make people terrorists,
but terrorists can exploit the frustration it creates
and use it as a breeding-ground for violent ideas.
- Anna Lindh

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty
as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.
- Samuel Johnson

A nobler example, because a less personal one,
of the pinch of poverty, is when it prevents the accomplishment
of some cherished scheme for the benefit of the human race.
- James Payn

As in the rankest soil the most beautiful flowers are grown,
so in the dark soil of poverty the choicest flowers
of humanity have developed and bloomed.
- James Allen

That is one of the bitter curses of poverty;
it leaves no right to be generous.
- George Gissing

Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying.
- William Pitt

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
- Henry Fielding

The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the
things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age.
- Dorothy Dix

Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more
loved ones there are to assist in bearing it.
- Jean Paul

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.
- Adam Smith

The essence of Africa's crisis is fundamentally its extreme poverty.
- Jeffrey Sachs

The hope that poverty and ignorance may gradually be extinguished,
derives indeed much support from the steady progress
of the working classes during the nineteenth century.
- Alfred Marshall

First, women are more likely to live in poverty during
their retirement years than are men.
- Ginny B. Waite

Without Social Security, poverty rates for African
American seniors would more than double.
- Chaka Fattah

Our poverty will be brought home to us to its full
extent only after the war.
- Joseph A. Schumpeter

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

The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty,
and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised,
the latter lest he be plundered.
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Affluence creates poverty.
- Marshall McLuhan

Of course I am frustrated with regard to extreme poverty,
to violence that never seems to cease.
- Roger Moore

Hundreds of millions of human beings on our planet
increasingly suffer from unemployment,
poverty, hunger, and the destruction of their families.
- Hans Kung

Poverty doesn't imply necessarily violence.
- Alberto Fujimori

There's only one thing money won't buy,
and that is poverty.
- Joe E. Lewis


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