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Poverty is uncomfortable, as I can testify: 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 for himself. See quote detail

Poverty is very terrible, and sometimes kills the very soul within us; but it is the north wind that lashes men into Vikings; it is the soft, luscious, south wind, which lulls them to lotus dreams.

Poverty is, except where there is an actual want of food and raiment, a thing much more imaginary than real. The shame of being thought poor is a great and fatal weakness, though arising in this country from the fashion of the times themselves.

Poverty makes you sad as well as wise.

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Poverty palls the most generous spirits; it cows industry, and casts resolution itself into despair.

Poverty possesses this disease, that through want it teaches man to do evil.

Poverty, in large cities, has very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for.

Short of genius a rich man cannot even imagine poverty.

Spinoza, greatest abstract philosopher, left his sister a bed and a small silver pen knife, no money, no land, no house, but his thought has taught the world's greatest thinking men.

That amid our highest civilization men faint and die with want is not due to the niggardliness of nature, but to the injustice of man.

That man is to be accounted poor, of whatever rank he be, and suffers the pains of poverty, whose expenses exceed his resources; and no man is, properly speaking, poor, but he.

The child was diseased at birth - stricken with an hereditary ill that only the most vital men are able to shake off. I mean poverty - the most deadly and prevalent of all diseases.

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of privation for the poor.

The cure for "Materialism" is to have enough for everybody and to spare. When people are sure of having what they need they cease to think about it.

The greatest man in history was the poorest.

The more progress we have the more we suffer from poverty - that is, some of us. Great riches seem nearly always to bring extreme poverty.

The poor always ye have with you.

The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.


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