Poverty Quotes, Sayings about being poor

War and drink are the two things man is never too poor to buy.
William Faulkner

Poverty won’t allow him to lift up his head; dignity won’t allow him to bow it down.

Poverty wants much; but avarice, everything.
Publilius Syrus

I do not believe that one can become rich without being a shark; a sensitive man will never amass wealth.
– Petrus Borel

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

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
Benjamin Franklin

Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.
George Orwell

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
Mahatma Gandhi

When poverty comes in the door love goes out the window.

Submitted by: matthew

Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
Edward Gibbon quotes

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

There’s no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
– George Farquhar

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.
– Hélder Câmara

The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.
Oscar Wilde

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.
– Plutarch

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