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Poverty And The Poor Quotes

That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.

Author: Michael Harrington


Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.

Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)

Profession: German Philosopher

You lose your manners when you're poor.

Author: Lillian Hellman (1905-1984)

Profession: American Playwright

I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.

Author: Henry IV (1366-1413)

Profession: King of England from 1399-1413

Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.

Author: Don Herold


Oh, God! that bread should be so dear! And flesh and blood so cheap!

Author: Thomas Hood (1799-1845)

Profession: British Poet and Humorist

In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than is any other land.

Author: Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964)

Profession: American - 31st American President

We have not yet reached the goal but.. we shall soon, with the help of God, be in sight of the day when poverty shall be banished from this nation.

Author: Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964)

Profession: American - 31st American President

It is no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.

Author: Kin Hubbard (1868-1930)

Profession: American Humorist, Journalist

Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.

Author: Victor Hugo (1802-1885)

Profession: French Poet, Dramatist, Novelist

We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.

Author: William James (1842-1910)

Profession: American Psychologist, Professor, Author

It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.

Author: Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

Profession: British Humorous Writer, Novelist, Playwright

Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name of poverty to the want of superfluities.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author