How vainly shall we endeavor to repress crime by our barbarous punishment of the poorer class of criminals so long as children are reared in the brutalizing influences of poverty, so long as the bite of want drives men to crime.
(Henry George (1839-1897), U.S. economist. Social Problems, ch. 9 (1883).)
There's a point of poverty at which the spirit isn't with the body all the time. It finds the body really too unbearable. So it's almost as if you were talking to the soul itself. And a soul's not properly responsible.
(Louis-Ferdinand Céline (1894-1961), French author. The narrator (Ferdinand Bardamu), in Journey to the End of the Night, p. 196 (1932, trans. 1934, 1966).)
I believe that one of the most dignified ways we are capable of, to assert and then reassert our dignity in the face of poverty and war's fears and pains, is to nourish ourselves with all possible skill, delicacy, and ever-increasing enjoyment.
(M.F.K. Fisher (1908-1992), U.S. author and food expert. How to Cook a Wolf, Conclusion (1942).)
Abolish plutocracy if you would abolish poverty. As millionaires increase, pauperism grows. The more millionaires, the more paupers.
(Rutherford Birchard Hayes (1822-1893), U.S. president. Diary and Letters of Rutherford Birchard Hayes: Nineteenth President of the United States, vol. IV, p. 544, ed. Charles Richard Williams, The Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society, 5 vols. (1922-1926), Diary (February 16, 1890).)