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Quotes about poverty

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice.
Nelson Mandela / 

Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées / 

Another cause of our poverty lies in our new needs.
Voltaire - The Man with Forty Crowns / 

A propensity to hope and joy is real riches: One to fear and sorrow, real poverty.
David Hume - Essays, Moral, Political, and Literary / 

Abundance makes me poor.
Publius Ovidius Naso - Metamorphoses / 

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.
Henry David Thoreau / 

Do not call yourself poor because your dreams were not ful-filled; truly poor is the one who never dreamed.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach / 

The contempt of riches in philosophers was only a hidden desire to avenge their merit upon the injustice of fortune, by despising the very goods of which fortune had deprived them; it was a secret to guard themselves against the degradation of poverty, it was a back way by which to arrive at that distinction which they could not gain by riches.
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims / 

I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
Victor Hugo - Les Misérables / 

But I, being poor, have only my dreams.
William Butler Yeats / 

If it is true that one is poor on account of all the things one wants, the ambitious and the avaricious languish in extreme poverty.
Jean de La Bruyere - Les Caractères / 

While poverty persists, there is no true freedom.
Nelson Mandela

Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.
Nelson Mandela

A man's nobility is not affected by poverty, as it is by riches.
Giovanni Boccaccio - The Decameron / 

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.
Charles Darwin

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
Bertolt Brecht

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.
Alan Watts

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.
George Bernard Shaw

What I would say to the young men and women who are beset by hopelessness and doubt is that they should go and see what is being done on the ground to fight poverty, not like going to the zoo but to take action, to open their hearts and their consciences.
Abbé Pierre

You are going to let the fear of poverty govern you life and your reward will be that you will eat, but you will not live.
George Bernard Shaw

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