Poverty Quotes


  • The poor ye have always with you.
    o Jesus, the Bible, Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7, and John 12:8

  • The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
    o Bernard Shaw, Major Barbara (1906), preface

  • We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time. […] I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.
    o Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus; quoted in Karl Ritter and Doug Mellgren, , “Nobel laureate: Poverty fight essential”, Associated Press (via Yahoo! News), 10 December 2006. URL accessed on 2006-12-10.

  • For the first time in our history it is possible to conquer poverty.
    o Lyndon B. Johnson’s Special Message to Congress (March 16, 1964)


  • Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
    o Frederick Douglass speech, April 1886

  • Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
    o Aristotle

  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
    o Ali ibn Abi Talib

  • The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.
    o Franklin D. Roosevelt

  • Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. And one never really forgets either — everything serves as a constant reminder of it.
    o Eli Khamarov

  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
    o Ali ibn-Abi-Talib

  • It’s the same the whole world over,
    It’s the poor wot gets the blame,
    It’s the rich wot gets the gravy.
    Ain’t it all a bleedin’ shame?
    o Chorus of the song “She was Poor but she was Honest”, popular among British Army soldiers during the First World War.

  • If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    o Bernard Baruch


  • Beg help and you will meet with refusals; ask for alms and you will meet with misers.
    o Anonymous

  • A poor man has no friends.
    o Anonymous

  • He who has no house has no word in society.
    o Anonymous

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