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Poverty And The Poor Quotes

There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.

Author: George Farquhar (1677-1707)

Profession: Irish Playwright

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. (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged.) Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.

Author: Jules Feiffer (1929)

Profession: American Cartoonist

It is a sin to be poor.

Author: Charles Fillmore

Profession: American Co-founder of Unity School of Christianity

We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

Author: Edward M. Forster (1879-1970)

Profession: British Novelist, Essayist

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.

Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)

Profession: French Writer

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.

Author: St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226)

Profession: Italian Preacher, Founder of the Franciscan Orde

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat

Poor men's reasons are not heard.

Author: Thomas Fuller (1608-1661)

Profession: British Clergyman, Author

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

Author: Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

Profession: Indian Political, Spiritual Leader

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

Author: John W. Gardner (1912)

Profession: American Educator, Social Activist

Poverty is uncomfortable; but 9 times out of 10 the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and be compelled to sink or swim.

Author: James A. Garfield (1831-1881)

Profession: Twentieth President of the USA

Four specters haunt the Poor -- Old Age, Accident, Sickness and Unemployment. We are going to exorcise them. We are going to drive hunger from the hearth. We mean to banish the workhouse from the horizon of every workman in the land.

Author: David Lloyd George (1863-1945)

Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister

Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune.

Author: Thomas Gray (1716-1771)

Profession: British Poet

The best way to help poor people is to not be one of them.

Author: Bob Harrington

Profession: American Minister of ''Chaplain of Bourbon Street"