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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.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

But while they prate of economic laws, men and women are starving. We must lay hold of the fact that economic laws are not made by nature. They are made by human beings.


An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.

Kin Hubbard

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

William Butler Yeats

But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

Dorothy Day

I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.

Mother Teresa

The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.

Gertrude Stein

I've been rich and I've been poor. It's better to be rich.

Gloria Steinem

Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.

Anatole France

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

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.

Adam Smith

No complaint... is more common than that of a scarcity of money.

Willie Nelson

As long as there's a few farmers out there, we'll keep fighting for them.

Anatole France

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

Andy Warhol

What's great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.

George Foreman

When I was a kid in Houston, we were so poor we couldn't afford the last 2 letters, so we called ourselves po'.

John F. Kennedy

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

Mother Teresa

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

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.

Adam Smith

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

Francis Bacon

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Samuel Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.

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.

Khalil Gibran

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

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.

Khalil Gibran

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

Poverty is but the worst form of violence.