Quotations About / On: POVERTY

  • 41.
    Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
    (Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931). Sanger, one of eleven children in a financially stressed family, became the first prominent advocate of birth control and of the dissemination (then illegal) of birth control information.)
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  • 42.
    The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 273 (1956).)
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  • 43.
    I have no desire for riches. Honest poverty and a conscience torpid through virtuous inaction are more to me than corner lots and praise.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1881. "A Cat Tale," p. 769, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992).)
  • 44.
    Poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
    (Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. (Article originally published 1858). The Waverley Novels, vol. 2, Literary Studies (1878).)
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  • 45.
    In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 23, 1890, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 24, "Nauka" (1976).)
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  • 46.
    Clothes make the poor invisible.... America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.
    (Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1962).)
  • 47.
    Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
    (Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. The Macdermots of Ballycloran, vol. 3, ch. ix, London, T.C. Newby (1847).)
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  • 48.
    We have two useless gods who never leave our island, but like to dwell in it constantly, Poverty and Helplessness.
    (Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.111.2.)
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  • 49.
    False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.
    (Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 317.)
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  • 50.
    Liberalism, above all, means emancipation—emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination ... from poverty.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, March 29, 1967, New York City.)
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