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Poverty And The Poor Quotes

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.

Author: Bertolt Brecht (1898-1956)

Profession: German Dramatist, Poet

When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.

Author: Dom H. Camara

Profession:

The Poor Man whom everyone speaks of, the Poor Man whom everyone pities, one of the repulsive Poor from whom ''charitable'' souls keep their distance, he has still said nothing. Or, rather, he has spoken through the voice of Victor Hugo, Zola, Richepin. At least, they said so. And these shameful impostures fed their authors. Cruel irony, the Poor Man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.

Author: Albert Camus (1913-1960)

Profession: French Existential Writer

There's a point of poverty at which the spirit isn't with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it's almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul's not properly responsible.

Author: Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1894-1961)

Profession: French Author

The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.

Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Profession: British Author

The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.

Author: Ching-An

Profession: Chinese Book

To suppose such a thing possible as a society, in which men, who are able and willing to work, cannot support their families, and ought, with a great part of the women, to be compelled to lead a life of celibacy, for fear of having children to be starved; to suppose such a thing possible is monstrous.

Author: William Cobbett (1762-1835)

Profession: British Journalist, Reformer

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Author: Confucius

Profession: Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher

The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as ''Soho'' poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.

Author: Quentin Crisp (1908)

Profession: British Author

To be shelterless and alone in the open country, hearing the wind moan and watching for day through the whole long weary night; to listen to the falling rain, and crouch for warmth beneath the lee of some old barn or rick, or in the hollow of a tree; are dismal things -- but not so dismal as the wandering up and down where shelter is, and beds and sleepers are by thousands; a houseless rejected creature.

Author: Charles Dickens (1812-1870)

Profession: British Novelist

One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need the money the most, are the ones that never have it.

Author: Finley Peter Dunne (1867-1936)

Profession: American Journalist, Humorist

I have found out in later years that my family was very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. [On his childhood]

Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969)

Profession: Thirty-fourth President of the USA

It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable.

Author: George Eliot (1819-1880)

Profession: British Novelist

Poverty consist in feeling poor.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

The greatest man in history was the poorest.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist