Quotations About / On: POVERTY

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    The psychological pain—and the ethical shame—of American poverty are made greater by the fact that this country possesses the wealth and the energy to raise all children to a minimally decent standard of living.
    (Kenneth Keniston (20th century), U.S. professor, human development. All Our Children, ch. 2, The Carnegie Council on Children (1977).)
  • 53.
    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.)
  • 54.
    Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 159, published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).)
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  • 55.
    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).)
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  • 56.
    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).)
  • 57.
    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).)
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  • 58.
    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).)
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  • 59.
    Give a beggar a dime and he'll bless you. Give him a dollar and he'll curse you for witholding the rest of your fortune. Poverty is a bag with a hole at the bottom.
    (Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950).)
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  • 60.
    Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty. There is none to tell the rich to go on striving, for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
    (Sean O'Casey (1884-1964), Irish dramatist. "Pennsylvanian Visit," vol. 5, Rose and Crown (1952).)
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