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Poverty Quotes

Poverty is not restricted to just lack of food but also extends to other basic needs that he/she is deprived of such as food, clothing, shelter, health care, education and hygienic water. A person living in poverty is the one who is incapable of providing these basic necessities for himself and his family. The main reasons for poverty are mainly insufficient funds, corrupt officials and instable government that lead to such poor quality of life. In many countries poverty is still a major issue that needs to be dealt with. Read through these empathic poverty quotations and sayings to understand the hardships of a poverty driven life.

James Baldwin

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Kin Hubbard

It's pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

Frederick Douglass

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

Adam Smith

The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.

Marvin Olasky

Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart.

My mom grew up in poverty in Oklahoma - like Dust Bowl, nine people in one room kind of place - and the way she got out of poverty was through education. My dad grew up without a dad, with very little and he also made his way out through education.

Coco Chanel

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

Novak Djokovic

Those born into poverty or on the margins of society require our extra support to realize their dreams.

Mother Teresa

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.

Jim Carrey

Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.

We need to steer clear of this poverty of ambition, where people want to drive fancy cars and wear nice clothes and live in nice apartments but don't want to work hard to accomplish these things. Everyone should try to realize their full potential.

Lyndon B. Johnson

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.

If we want to reduce poverty and misery, if we want to give to every deserving individual what is needed for a safe existence of an intelligent being, we want to provide more machinery, more power. Power is our mainstay, the primary source of our many-sided energies.

Mother Teresa

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

Woody Allen

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

Nelson Mandela

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination.

Robert Burns

I foresee that poverty and obscurity probably await me, and I am in some measure prepared and daily preparing to meet them.

Quentin Crisp

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.

Lyndon B. Johnson

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.

Mother Teresa

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.

Barack Obama

Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.

Robert Downey Jr.

If you're raised with a poverty mentality, nothing is going to change it. I do know some really stingy billionaires. I come from such a generation of hand-to-mouthers.

Willie Nelson

I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.

Brad Pitt

By the time this concert ends this evening, 30,000 Africans will have died because of extreme poverty. By this time tomorrow evening, another 30,000. This does not make sense.

Confucius

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

I think one of the biggest mistakes that America has made - and maybe the world because this is, sort of, the core of communism and socialism - is that you can have perfect solutions to social problems like poverty, like crime. You're not going to eliminate all crime. Maybe you'll never eliminate all poverty.

Robert Kennedy

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.

Henry Ford

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

Kin Hubbard

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed.

Poverty entails fear and stress and sometimes depression. It meets a thousand petty humiliations and hardships. Climbing out of poverty by your own efforts that is something on which to pride yourself but poverty itself is romanticized by fools.

Jim Carrey

My family kinda hit the skids. We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job, where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. And I just got angry.

Priyanka Chopra

I can't eradicate poverty, but at least for the people around me, I can help make sure no child is denied a dream.

Groucho Marx

I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Washington Irving

It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end.

Muhammad Ali

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

Anatole France

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

Anais Nin

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.

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Zora Neale Hurston

There is something about poverty that smells like death.

Marcus Aurelius

Poverty is the mother of crime.

If we as a nation are to break the cycle of poverty, crime and the growing underclass of young people ill equipped to be productive citizens, we need to not only implement effective programs to prevent teen pregnancy, but we must also help those who have already given birth so that they become effective, nurturing, bonding parents.

Robert Kennedy

We develop the kind of citizens we deserve. If a large number of our children grow up into frustration and poverty, we must expect to pay the price.

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Khalil Gibran

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

Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache.

Simone Weil

If we are suffering illness, poverty, or misfortune, we think we shall be satisfied on the day it ceases. But there too, we know it is false; so soon as one has got used to not suffering one wants something else.

Albert Camus

I grew up with the sea, and poverty for me was sumptuous; then I lost the sea and found all luxuries gray and poverty unbearable.

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Narendra Modi

My entire childhood was steeped in poverty. For me, poverty, in a way, was the first inspiration of my life, a commitment to do something for the poor.

Mahatma Gandhi

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.

Camille Paglia

I'm very pro-American - my entire family escaped poverty in Italy because they rightly believed in the American dream.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

Horace

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

Ivanka Trump

You can be born into privilege, or you can not be born into privilege. You can be born into the opposite extreme and into poverty. I think from there on, though, you really do have to make your luck.

Sonia Sotomayor

An alcoholic father, poverty, my own juvenile diabetes, the limited English my parents spoke - although my mother has become completely bilingual since. All these things intrude on what most people think of as happiness.

Robert Redford

I remember my dad came from Ireland and Scotland, and so he carried with him the fear of poverty. So when I wanted to break loose, it kind of made him very nervous.

Lyndon B. Johnson

When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.

Narendra Modi

I come from a poor family, I have seen poverty. The poor need respect, and it begins with cleanliness.

Bill Gates

I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.

Sophia Bush

I fight for the environment because we only have one planet, but I see how the environment affects poverty and how the environment affects women around the world.

Robert Kennedy

Ultimately, Communism must be defeated by progressive political programs which wipe out the poverty, misery, and discontent on which it thrives.

Henry David Thoreau

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.

Robert Kennedy

In the final analysis, poverty is a condition of helplessness - of inability to cope with the conditions of existence in our complex society.

Bill Gates

The belief that the world is getting worse, that we can't solve extreme poverty and disease, isn't just mistaken. It is harmful.

Nelson Mandela

There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.

Bill Gates

Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable.

Khalil Gibran

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.

Michel de Montaigne

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.

Stephen Hawking

Science can lift people out of poverty and cure disease. That, in turn, will reduce civil unrest.

H. L. Mencken

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

Benjamin Franklin

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.

Aristotle

In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.

Mark Zuckerberg

We know that for every 1 person who get access to the Internet, one new job gets created, and one person gets lifted out of poverty. So in theory, going and connecting everyone on the Internet is a large national and even global priority.

Poverty is but the worst form of violence.