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48 Poverty Quotes

Oh, the little more, and how much it is! And the little less, and what worlds away.

Robert Browning Quotes , Source: By the Fireside (st. 39)

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Needy knife-grinder! whither are ye going? Rough is the road, your wheel is out of order; Bleak blows the blast--your hat has got a hole in it. So have your breeches.

George Canning Quotes , Source: The Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder

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Thank God for poverty That makes and keeps us free, And lets us go our unobtrusive way, Glad of the sun and rain, Upright, serene, humane, Contented with the fortune of a day.

William Bliss Carman Quotes , Source: The Word at Saint Kavin's

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Patiently bear the burden of poverty. [Lat., Paupertatis onus patienter ferre memento.]

Dionysius Cato Quotes , Source: Disticha (lib. I, 21)

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The beggarly last doit.

William Cowper Quotes , Source: Task (bk. V, The Winter Morning Walk, l. 126)

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And plenty makes us poor.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: The Medal (l. 126)

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Content with poverty, my soul I arm; And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.

John Dryden Quotes , Source: Third Book of Horace (ode 29)

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Living from hand to mouth.

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas Quotes , Source: Divine Weekes and Workes (second Week, first day, pt. IV)

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One must be poor to know the luxury of living.

Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas Quotes , Source: Divine Weekes and Workes (second Week, first day, pt. IV)

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Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe, That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: The Deserted Village (l. 413)

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The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.

Oliver Goldsmith Quotes , Source: Vicar of Wakefield (ch. IV)

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Poverty is no sinne. [Poverty is no sin.]

George Herbert Quotes , Source: Jacula Prudentum

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I wasn't born in a log cabin, but my family moved into one as soon as they could afford it.

Melville D. Landon Quotes

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When you're really poor, everything you see is something you can't have.

Patrick Duncan Quotes

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

Eugene O'Neill Quotes

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As society advances the standard of poverty rises.

Theodore Parker Quotes

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He who knows how to be poor knows everything.

Jules Michelet Quotes

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

Henry David Thoreau Quotes

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The hermit doesn't sleep at night, in love with the blue of the vacant moon. The cool of the breeze that rustles the trees rustles him too.

Ching-an Quotes

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Hard as it may appear in individual cases, dependent poverty ought to be held disgraceful.

Thomas Robert Malthus Quotes

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I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.

Anatole France Quotes

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

Confucius Quotes

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

Benjamin Franklin Quotes

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