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If rich, it is easy enough to conceal our wealth; but if poor, it is not quite so easy to conceal our poverty. We shall find that it is less difficult to hide a thousand guineas than one hole in our coat.

If riches are, as Bacon says, the baggage (" impedimenta ") of virtue, impeding its onward progress - poverty is famine in its commissary department, starving it into weakness for the great conflict of life.

If you've ever really been poor, you remain poor at heart all your life.

In a terrible crisis there is only one element more helpless than the poor, and that is the rich.

In America today we are nearer a final triumph over poverty than in any land. The poorhouse has vanished from amongst us.

In one important respect a man is fortunate in being poor. His responsibility to God is so much the less.

In proportion as nations get more corrupt, more disgrace will attach to poverty, and more respect to wealth. There are two questions that would completely reverse this order of things: "What keeps some persons poor? and what has made some others rich?" The true answer to these queries would often make the poor man more proud of his poverty than the rich man is of his wealth, and the rich man more justly ashamed of his wealth, than the poor man unjustly is of his poverty.

It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It is a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over.

It is life near the bone, where it is sweetest.

It is not poverty so much as pretence, 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. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business ; and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess.

It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy and yet unenvied, to be healthy without physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.

It would be a considerable consolation to the poor and discontented, could they but see the means whereby the wealth they covet has been acquired, or the misery that it entails.

It's hard to rise above poverty if society keeps deriding the human qualities that allow you to escape from it.

Lord God, I thank thee that thou hast been pleased to make me a poor and indigent man upon earth. I have neither house nor land nor money to leave behind me.

Many good qualities are not sufficient to balance a single want - the want of money.

Modern poverty is not the poverty that was blest in the Sermon on the Mount.

Nations like men, can be healthy and happy, though comparatively poor. . . . Wealth is a means to an end, not the end itself. As a synonym for health and happiness, it has had a fair trial and failed dismally.

Not to be able to bear poverty is a shameful thing; but not to know how to chase it away by work is a more shameful thing yet.

O God! that bread should be so dear, And flesh and blood so cheap!


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