A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilization.
A poor, charitable person can sometimes feel rich, a miserly Croesus
-Marie Ebner von Ebner-Eschenbach
Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive
it is to be poor.
By and large the poor have the same impulses as the rich, with only less
opportunity or skill to implement them.
By experts in poverty I do not mean sociologists, but poor men.
Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose
their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost
all incentive because we've given them too much money.
Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the
poor is poverty. What is matter with the rich is uselessness.
-George Bernard Shaw
Gambling promises the poor what property performs for the rich,
something for nothing.
-George Bernard Shaw
He who covets is always poor.
History will judge societies and governments- and their institutions-
not by how big they are or how well they serve the rich and the
powerful, but by how effectively they respond to the needs of the poor
and the helpless.
Hope is the poor man's bread.
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.
I would rather be a poor man in a garret with plenty of books than a
king who did not love reading.
-Thomas Babington Macaulay
I'd like to live like a poor man with lots of money.
I've been rich and I've been poor... Believe me, rich is better.
If a nation cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few
who are rich.
-John F. Kennedy
If poor you are, poor you will always be,
For wealth's now given to none but to the rich.
If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor,
either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or
we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve
the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do
If you are rich, you have to be an idiot not to stay rich. And if you
are poor, you have to be really smart to get rich.
If you have two jobs and you're rich, you have diversified interests. If
you have two jobs and you're poor, you're moonlighting.
If your name is on the building, you're rich. If your name is on your
desk, you're middle class. If your name is on your shirt, you're poor.
In America, even a poor boy can grow up to win the support of powerful
special interest groups.
It is easier to ask of the poor than of the rich.
It is said that the children of the very poor are not brought up, but
It's no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.
-Frank McKinney (Kin) Hubbard
Money is a poor man's credit card.
Never in the history of the world have so many people been so rich;
never in the history off the world have so many of those same people
felt themselves so poor.
-Lewis H. Lapham
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
-Gabriel Garcia Márquez
Of course there's a different law for the rich and poor; Otherwise who
would go into business?
-E. Ralph Stewart
Plenty has made me poor.
Politics is the gentle art of getting votes from the poor and campaign
funds from the rich by promising to protect each from the other.
Poor is a state of mind you never grow out of, but being broke is just a
Poor men want meat for their stomachs, rich men want stomachs for their
Poor people have access to the courts in the same manner that the
Christians had access to the lions.
-Judge Earl Johnson, Jr.
Poor people have more fun than rich people, they say; and I notice it's
the rich people who keep saying it.
Poor people know poor people, and rich people know rich people. It is
one of the few things La Rochefoucauld did not say, but then La
Rochefoucauld never lived in the Bronx.
Rich people pay Fox people to make middle-class people blame poor people.
Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor, which is one
very strong argument in favour of matrimony.
Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
The bonus is really one of the great give-aways in business enterprise.
It is the annual salve applied to the conscience of the rich and the
wounds of the poor.
The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character-building value of
privation for the poor.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The contented and economically comfortable have a very discriminating
view of government. Nobody is ever indignant about bailing out failed
banks and failed savings and loans associations... But when taxes must
be paid for the lower middle class and poor, the government assumes an
aspect of wickedness.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
The contented person is never poor-the discontented is never rich. The
quantum of wantum remains constant.
The difference between our rich and poor grows greater every year. Our
distribution of wealth is getting more uneven all the time. A man can
make a million and he is on every page in the morning. But it never
tells you who gave up that million he got. You can't get money without
taking it from somebody.
The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but
money is poorer still.
The genius of capitalism consists precisely in its lack of morality.
Unless he is rich enough to hire his own choir, a capitalist is a fellow
who, by definition, can ill afford to believe in anything other than the
doctrine of the bottom line. Deprive a capitalist of his God-given right
to lie and cheat and steal, and the poor sap stands a better than even
chance of becoming one of the abominable wards of the state from whose
grimy fingers the Reagan Administration hopes to snatch the ark of
-Lewis H. Lapham
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never
The Law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich, as well as the
poor, to sleep under the bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal
The man who has his millions will want everything he can lay his hands
on and then raise his voice against the poor devil who wants ten cents
more a day.
The money was all appropriated for the top in the hopes that it would
trickle down to the needy. Mr. Hoover didn't know that money trickled
up. Give it to the people at the bottom and the people at the top will
have it before night, anyhow. But it will at least have passed through
the poor fellow's hands.
The observances of the church concerning feasts and fasts are tolerably
well-kept, since the rich keep the feasts and the poor keep the fasts.
The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly
extravagances of the poor.
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have
always objected to being governed at all.
The poor have the same basic pleasures as the rich, and the rich will
always resent it.
The problem of our age is the proper administration of wealth, so that
the ties of brotherhood may still bind together the rich and poor in
The rich rob the poor and the poor rob one another.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.
-Willem de Kooning
The two greatest obstacles to democracy in the United States are, first,
the widespread delusion among the poor that we have a democracy, and
second, the chronic terror among the rich, lest we get it.
The world has grown rich and refined, but chiefly by the efforts of
those who themselves continue poor and ignorant.
There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and
those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are
rich people out of luck.
There is no literate population in the world that is poor, and there is
no illiterate population that is anything but poor.
-John Kenneth Galbraith
There is nothing that keeps poor people poor as much as paying doctor
There is one rule that works in every calamity. Be it pestilence, war,
or famine, the rich get richer and poor get poorer. The poor even help
Those who have some means think that the most important thing in the
world is love. The poor know that it is money.
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is
the very bottom of hardships.
We have two American flags always; one for the rich and one for the
poor. When the rich fly it, it means that things are under control; when
the poor fly it, it means danger, revolution, anarchy.
We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we
insist on their suffering.
We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people
with suicide bombs killing middle class people, middle-class people with
suicide bombs started killing rich guys.
We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in
every sense except that of being equal to us.
What does peace mean to the poor who are being actively robbed of their
resources and for whom everyday life is a grim battle for water,
shelter, survival and, above all, some semblance of dignity? For them,
peace is war.
What we have in this country is socialism for the rich and free
enterprise for the poor.
When I give food to the poor they call me a saint. When I ask why the
poor have no food they call me a communist.
When the rich make war it's the poor that die.
Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right
to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared
that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.
You can't do much for the poor, as they are not in with the right people.
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.
You've got to pity the poor Democrats in Congress. Most of them are on
record against capital punishment, since they naturally don't want to
diminish their constituent base.