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Poverty is the worst form of violence.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.
I worked myself up from nothing to extreme poverty.
The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied but written off as trash. The twentieth-century consumer economy has produced the first culture for which a beggar is a reminder of nothing.
When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.
When the rich wage war it is the poor who die.
You don't seem to realize that a poor person who is unhappy is in a better position than a rich person who is unhappy. Because the poor person has hope. He thinks money would help.
Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
Only in relationship can you know yourself, not in abstraction and certainly not in isolation. The movement of behavior is the sure guide to yourself. It's the mirror of your consciousness: this mirror will reveal its content, the images, the attachments, the fears, the loneliness, the joys and sorrow. Poverty lies in running away from this, either in its sublimations or its identities.
Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth.
Anyone who has struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.
The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
Who ever mocks the poor insults his maker; and he that is glad at calamities shall not go unpunished.
Poverty is the step-mother of genius.
The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as Soho poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
Do not ask the name of the person who seeks a bed for the night. He who is reluctant to give his name is the one who most needs shelter.
Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.
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.
The greatest evils and the worst of crimes is poverty; our first duty, a duty to which every other consideration should be sacrificed, is not to be poor.
America is an enormous frosted cupcake in the middle of millions of starving people.
A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
The poor will always be with you. [John 12: 8]
Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.
I have found out in later years that my family was very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it. [On his childhood]
One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need the money the most, are the ones that never have it.
The greatest man in history was the poorest.
I used to think I was poor. Then they told me I wasn't poor, I was needy. Then they told me it was self-defeating to think of myself as needy. I was deprived. (Oh not deprived but rather underprivileged.) Then they told me that underprivileged was overused. I was disadvantaged. I still don't have a dime. But I have a great vocabulary.
Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.
That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.
Poverty in itself does not make men into a rabble; a rabble is created only when there is joined to poverty a disposition of mind, an inner indignation against the rich, against society, against the government.
I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.
Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
Oh, God! that bread should be so dear! And flesh and blood so cheap!
We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.

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