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  Poverty is the mother of crime.  
 -  Isaac Asimov
  

  Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.  
 -  Woody Allen
  

  I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.  
 -  Jerry Garcia
  

  Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.  
 -  Muhammad Ali
  

  Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.  
 -  James Garfield
  

  For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.  
 -  John W. Gardner
  

  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.  
 -  John F. Kennedy
  

  I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.  
 -  Bill Gates
  

  Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.  
 -  Doris Day
  

  In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge. The young they keep out of mischief; to the old they are a comfort and aid in their weakness, and those in the prime of life they incite to noble deeds.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.  
 -  James A. Baldwin
  

  Americans think African writers will write about the exotic, about wildlife, poverty, maybe AIDS. They come to Africa and African books with certain expectations.  
 -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  

  Affluence separates people. Poverty knits 'em together. You got some sugar and I don't; I borrow some of yours. Next month you might not have any flour; well, I'll give you some of mine.  
 -  Ray Charles
  

  It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context.  
 -  Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  

  In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Chile has done a lot to rid itself of poverty, especially extreme poverty, since the return to democracy. But we still have a ways to go toward greater equity. This country does not have a neoliberal economic model anymore. We have put in place a lot of policies that will ensure that economic growth goes hand in hand with social justice.  
 -  Michelle Bachelet
  

  He is now rising from affluence to poverty.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Brazil has a lot of issues that are similar to a lot of countries in Latin America, but the dominant issue Brazil is dealing with is poverty and political corruption.  
 -  Morena Baccarin
  

  First we have to recognize that the cause of poverty is both structural and behavioral. And the first thing about the behavior part is that we need a moral revolution within the African American community. Look - no white racist makes you get pregnant when you are a black teenager.  
 -  Henry Louis Gates
  

  This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.  
 -  Lyndon B. Johnson
  

  When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.  
 -  Lyndon B. Johnson
  

  Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.  
 -  Lyndon B. Johnson
  

  To be idle and to be poor have always been reproaches, and therefore every man endeavors with his utmost care to hide his poverty from others, and his idleness from himself.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.  
 -  Samuel Johnson
  

  In Afghanistan, there is a plan to build democracy; hundreds of thousands of troops are protecting it. There is a plan to rebuild and reconstruct there. But many thousands of Americans die from violence and poverty every year and we don't have a plan for reconstruction at home.  
 -  Jesse Jackson
  

  Prosperity is a way of living and thinking, and not just money or things. Poverty is a way of living and thinking, and not just a lack of money or things.  
 -  Eric Butterworth
  

  So much talent comes from the base of poverty and those in the margins. You limit the base, you miss too much talent.  
 -  Jesse Jackson
  

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

  The Right insists that anyone can escape poverty by working hard but that is simply not the case.  
 -  Henry Louis Gates
  

  Since the day Martin Luther King was killed, the black middle classes have almost quadrupled, but the percentage of black children living on or below the poverty line is almost the same.  
 -  Henry Louis Gates
  

  When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then.  
 -  Dennis Banks
  

  Since Social Security was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to ensure economic security for American workers, poverty among American seniors has dramatically declined.  
 -  Steve Israel
  

  As a result of the current universal benefit, the poverty rate for seniors in America is about 10%. Without the universal benefit, it would be over 50%.  
 -  Steve Israel
  

  It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.  
 -  Robert D. Kaplan
  

  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
  

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

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

  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
  

  For as long as our people are held hostage by controllable socio-economic forces, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the ravages of poverty in all its dimensions and ramifications.  
 -  Ibrahim Babangida
  

  I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.  
 -  Robert Kennedy
  

  Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.  
 -  Henry David Thoreau
  

  Gerald Boyd was a classic specimen of the self-made man. Born poor, he worked and studied his way up out of poverty under the guidance of his widowed grandmother.  
 -  Russell Baker
  

  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.  
 -  Mother Teresa
  

  Extreme poverty threatens people's right to life itself and makes impossible the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms essential to a humane way of life.  
 -  Daisaku Ikeda
  

  It is not poverty so much as pretense that harasses a ruined man - the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse - the keeping up of a hollow show that must soon come to an end.  
 -  Washington Irving
  

  We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.  
 -  Mother Teresa
  

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

  Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.  
 -  Mother Teresa
  

  Laziness travels so slowly that poverty soon overtakes him.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  My family kinda hit the skids. We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job, where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. And I just got angry.  
 -  Jim Carrey
  

  The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one, but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.  
 -  Jim Carrey
  

  Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.  
 -  Coco Chanel
  

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

  The mother of revolution and crime is poverty.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  In poverty and other misfortunes of life, true friends are a sure refuge.  
 -  Aristotle
  

  On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have.  
 -  David Cameron
  

  Poverty is the worst form of violence.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Money can't buy poverty  
 -  Marty Feldman
  

  Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.  
 -  Lou Holtz
  

  The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.  
 -  Lloyd Banks
  

  He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.  
 -  Victor Hugo
  

  Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.  
 -  Henry Ford
  

  There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.  
 -  King Farouk
  

  Medicare is a promise we made to seniors more than four decades ago. When President Johnson signed Medicare into law, one in three seniors lived in poverty. Half of seniors had no health coverage at all.  
 -  John Garamendi
  

  You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.  
 -  Bill Cosby
  

  In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  In wealth, many friends; in poverty, not even relatives.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  Many words are poverty.  
 -  Greek proverb
  

  True poverty does not come from God.  
 -  Yiddish proverb
  

  Poverty is death in another form.  
 -  Latin proverb
  

  Painless poverty is better than embittered wealth.  
 -  Geek proverb