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The poor on the borderline of starvation live purposeful lives. To be engaged in a desperate struggle for food and shelter is to be wholly free from a sense of futility.

The real wants of nature are the measure of enjoyments, as the foot is the measure of the shoe. We can call only the want of what is necessary, poverty.

The rich would have to eat money, but luckily the poor provide food.

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

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.

There were times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.

They did not break the padlock or clear the wall away. The men in debt that drank of old still drink in debt today. Chained to the rich by ruin. Cheerful in chains as then, when old unbroken. Pickwick walked among the broken men.

This is one of the bitter curses of poverty: it leaves no right to be generous.

Through tattered clothes small vices do appear; robes and furred gowns hide all.

To be poor, and seem to be poor, is a certain way never to rise.

Want is a bitter and a hateful good, because its virtues are not understood; yet many things, impossible to thought, have been by need to full perfection brought; the daring of the soul proceeds from thence, sharpness of wit and active diligence; prudence at once, and fortitude it gives; and, if in patience taken, mends our lives.

Want of prudence is too frequently the want of virtue; nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.

We can be the generation that no longer accepts that an accident of latitude determines whether a child lives or dies. But will we be that generation? See quote detail

We should not so much esteem our poverty as a misfortune, were it not that the world treats it so.

When it is not despicable to be poor, we want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.

When we have only a little we should be satisfied; for this reason, that those best enjoy abundance who are contented with the least.

Who can confess his poverty and look it in the face, destroys its sting: but a proud poor man, he is poor, indeed.

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