Top 1287 Poor Quotes

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“There is no concept more generally cherished by publishers than that of the Undeserving Poor.”

― A. J. Liebling

“I joined Planned Parenthood because I wanted to help poor women with real health care needs.”

― Abby Johnson

“Hatred, intolerance, poor hygienic conditions and violence all have roots in illiteracy, so we’re trying to do something to help the poor and the needy.”

― Abdul Qadeer Khan

“My father was a factory worker, and we were really poor. But everything I earned peddling papers and working in stores, he made me put aside for education.”

― Abraham A. Ribicoff

“The seminaries must be like the churches’ poor relations, prolonging their existence with austerity.”

― Abraham Kuyper

“This is why I have always said that it would be better if Muslims were poor.”

― Abu Bakar Bashir

“I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father… it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books.”

― Ada Yonath

“I was born in Jerusalem in 1939 to a poor family that shared a rented four-room apartment with two additional families and their children.”

― Ada Yonath

“In poor countries, the rich and powerful crush the poor and powerless.”

― Adam Davidson

“The cardinal rule of taxation is that whatever you put a levy on, you’ll inevitably get less of. Taxing corporate activity means less investing, less hiring, fewer jobs and a smaller economy, which hurts the rich, the poor and the middle class alike.”

― Adam Davidson

“George W. Bush was a silver spoon dolt with no record to speak of other than bankruptcy and selling tropical plants, and we let him sail into the White House, but Barack talks about religious fundamentalism and guns being prevalent in poor areas, and we roast him for weeks?”

― Adam McKay

“When you’re poor, you don’t want anyone to know you’re poor.”

― Adam Rapp

“Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war.”

― Adam Schiff

“No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.”

― Adam Smith

“The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.”

― Adam Smith

“Poor David Hume is dying fast, but with more real cheerfulness and good humor and with more real resignation to the necessary course of things, than any whining Christian ever dyed with pretended resignation to the will of God.”

― Adam Smith

“If you look around Brazil you see pregnant women everywhere. Here you don’t see that as much. There the only thing they do is babies, babies, babies! Especially the poor families.”

― Adriana Lima

“Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.”

― Aesop

“The universe lies before you on the floor, in the air, in the mysterious bodies of your dancers, in your mind. From this voyage no one returns poor or weary.”

― Agnes de Mille

“Besides being a prime cause of poor economic growth, poor governance breeds corruption, which cripples investment, wastes resources, and diminishes confidence.”

― Ahmed Zewail

“Everything I was told should be my greatest insecurities and weaknesses, everything that I’ve been labeled – short, nerdy, skinny, weak, impulsive, ugly, tomboy, poor, rebel, loud, freak, crazy – turned out to be my greatest strengths. I didn’t become successful in spite of them. I became successful because of them.”

― AJ Lee

“I didn’t have the easiest time growing up; it’s no secret. We were just poor.”

― AJ Lee

“Gentrification is a problem of poor planning.”

― Aja Brown

“Rules designed for the Ma Bell monopoly during the era of rotary phones were a poor fit for the greatest innovation of our time, the Internet.”

― Ajit Pai

“Last year, when we were in Mobile, Al., covering Hurricane Ivan, we heard the stories of poor people, many of them black stranded downtown because they had no way out.”

― Al Roker

“I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was easy – a little too easy – to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a vicious cycle of diminished opportunities and imprisonment.”

― Al Sharpton

“The number one person who needs my books is me. I’m not some sort of disinterested guru who has worked life out and is handing things out to the poor people who might not have life worked out.”

― Alain de Botton

“Poor laborers from all parts of Asia as well as Africa, the Americas and even Europe are transported by plane each day to wealthier nations where low-tier jobs are plentiful; sometimes the travelers board without even knowing their final destination.”

― Alan Huffman

“My mother kept the house clean and we ate good. I didn’t know we were poor until I started giving interviews.”

― Alan King

“My parents were so poor when I was a kid, I never went anywhere. I take our youngsters with us because I don’t know anything that teaches them so much.”

― Alan Ladd

“I grew up poor and used to look at people in big houses and thought they had everything. Then later on I looked at models in magazines and thought they had it all.”

― Alana Stewart

“You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.”

― Albert Camus

“But, in the name of the experimental method and out of our poor knowledge, are we really entitled to claim that everything happens by chance, to the exclusion of all other possibilities?”

― Albert Claude

“The man of science is a poor philosopher.”

― Albert Einstein

“As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything.”

― Albert J. Nock

“I hated Peter O’Toole. I wanted to kill that guy! When they said he was dead, I was happy. People said, ‘Poor Peter O’Toole.’ I was happy!”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“African runners regularly work out in the United States and Europe, and the International Olympic Committee sends some of the cash from the Games to Olympic committees in poor nations, which use the money to finance their own programs.”

― Alex Berenson

“As long as Rupert Murdoch has owned it, the ‘New York Post’ has been defined by its shamelessness and total lack of interest in taking responsibility for its worst errors and poor judgment.”

― Alex Pareene

“Saying the Tech Bloom is not commercially driven is like saying Mother Teresa had an interest in the poor.”

― Alex Steffen

“Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.”

― Alexander Pope

“But Satan now is wiser than of yore, and tempts by making rich, not making poor.”

― Alexander Pope

“The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.”

― Alfred Hitchcock

“A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.”

― Ali ibn Abi Talib

“My family was a poor farming family, and we lived under absolute segregation.”

― Alice Walker

“We are very conscious of our poor record against the SANZAR nations. We’ve simply not done well enough against New Zealand or South Africa.”

― Alun Wyn Jones

“Like every poor person, I used to dream about winning the lottery. I didn’t just get money, though. I got fame. And I got fame before I got money, and it was scary.”

― Amber Rose

“The illegal immigrants are like termites. They are eating the grain that should go to the poor; they are taking our jobs.”

― Amit Shah

“Irrespective of economic theories, we will take decisions in the larger interest of the poor people.”

― Amit Shah

“It is not the responsibility of the judiciary to amend poor legislative drafting, even if judges would personally prefer a different outcome than what is required by a statute’s text.”

― Amul Thapar

“As I wrote about my childhood, I realized that there was no big tragedy. Being multiethnic is not a tragedy. I didn’t have any big life-threatening illnesses, no tumors, no kidney malfunctions… I came from a very poor family. I was chubby as a kid.”

― Amy Hill

“The consequences of poor nutrition and a lack of exercise are serious.”

― Amy Klobuchar

“If all schools become privatized in the U.S., the poor wouldn’t be given vouchers for ‘school choice.’ They would have no choices.”

― Ana Kasparian

“I think Millennials are more progressive, more socially progressive, much more concerned about economic issues that impact the poor and middle class, and so that basically shows me that the Democratic party will have a bright future.”

― Ana Kasparian

“Unless I move to a desert island with poor reception, I’ll never stop speaking out!”

― Ana Navarro

“Written laws are like spiders’ webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.”

― Anacharsis

“It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.”

― Anatole France

“You cannot understand what it means to be poor until you have suffered it.”

― Andre Aciman

“We no longer live in a world that is neatly divided between rich and well-educated countries, and poor and badly-educated ones.”

― Andreas Schleicher

“I wanted to be successful. I definitely didn’t want to be poor.”

― Andrew Cherng

“’Give me your poor.’ It didn’t say, ‘Give me your poor who can afford a $680 citizenship.’ If I had my way, it would be free. If I had my way, the state would subsidize every eligible application, period.”

― Andrew Cuomo

“There’s so many politicians who have given politics a pretty poor name… their actions have been demonstrated to be part of their over-enthusiasm to get reelected.”

― Andrew Forrest

“The goal to strive for is a poor government but a rich people.”

― Andrew Johnson

“In India there are more poor people in three states… than there are in the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.”

― Andrew Mitchell

“Most problems in poor countries are locally generated even though international factors do play a role.”

― Andrew Mwenda

“Always my fallback is – I’m gonna move to a poor town and open a scone shop.”

― Andrew Rannells

“Income taxes are very poor at generating income from automation because the gains are realized by technology companies that are experts at not paying taxes.”

― Andrew Yang

“Civil rights leaders are involved in helping poor people. That’s what I’ve been doing all my life.”

― Andrew Young

“Uncertainty is not an indication of poor leadership; it underscores the need for leadership.”

― Andy Stanley

“Poor fellow, he suffers from files.”

― Aneurin Bevan

“As recognized since ancient times, the coexistence of very rich and very poor leads to two possibilities, neither a happy one. The rich can rule alone, disenfranchising or even enslaving the poor, or the poor can rise up and confiscate the wealth of the rich.”

― Angus Deaton

“If poverty and underdevelopment are primarily consequences of poor institutions, then by weakening those institutions or stunting their development, large aid flows do exactly the opposite of what they are intended to do.”

― Angus Deaton

“International development aid is based on the Robin Hood principle: take from the rich and give to the poor.”

― Angus Deaton

“For the poor, learning to manage money well is central to improving their lives.”

― Ann Cotton

“Camfed has worked for more than two decades in partnership with poor families, transforming this desire for girls’ education into reality, and showing the measurable benefits of girls’ education for all of us.”

― Ann Cotton

“If all Christians and Jews tithed their income as the Bible commands, every poor person would be cared for, every naked person clothed, and every hungry person fed.”

― Ann Coulter

“We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing, it can be here today and gone tomorrow.”

― Ann Romney

“The world is richer than ever, and the gaps between rich and poor are wider.”

― Anna Lindh

“No one has ever become poor by giving.”

― Anne Frank

“It doesn’t matter how rich or poor you are: when you’re sick, you want the exact same thing.”

― Anne Wojcicki

“Desperation is a fact of life in many poor, overcrowded countries.”

― Anthony Lewis

“When I grew up, my house contained only two books: the Bible and the ‘Edmonds’ cookbook. We were a working-class household. Books were a poor second to the television, which was always on, usually with me in front of it.”

― Anthony McCarten

“Misguided economic and tax policies have hampered growth, allowing the rich to become richer while turning the middle class into the working poor.”

― Anthony Scaramucci

“But then in novels the most indifferent hero comes out right at last. Some god comes out of a theatrical cloud and leaves the poor devil ten thousand-a-year and a title.”

― Anthony Trollope

“I watched the ‘Seven Samurai’ a lot because I loved it growing up. I can’t describe to you how powerful that was. When you’re a kid, you can’t watch an almost-three-hour movie, but this was a war I just never saw before, with these samurai. I could relate to it, just being poor.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“We are privileged. There are poor people out there. We must to do something to make them privileged.”

― Antonia Fraser

“ITC works to help firms in poor countries become more competitive and overcome the barriers that are keeping their goods and services out of international markets.”

― Arancha Gonzalez

“A safety net for the poor indeed requires some level of income redistribution.”

― Ari Fleischer

“In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.”

― Aristotle

“The minimum wage is the black teenage unemployment act. It is the guaranteed way of holding the poor, the minorities and the disenfranchised out of the mainstream is if you price their original services too high.”

― Arthur Laffer

“Even if I can take sanitary napkins to 10% of the poor women in India, it will be big achievement.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“On the campaign trail, Hillary Clinton emphasized her experience. Yes, experience matters, but judgment matters more. Despite her experience, Hillary Clinton’s poor decisions have produced bad results. Just think about it.”

― Asa Hutchinson

“The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world’s poor.”

― Atal Bihari Vajpayee

“Outsiders tend to be the first to recognize the inadequacies of our social institutions. But, precisely because they are outsiders, they are usually in a poor position to fix them.”

― Atul Gawande

“Suffice it to say, I’m not poor.”

― August Wilson

“In elementary school, I did well in science, but I was a poor writer. When I got to high school, I failed all my courses.”

― Avi

“It’s the concept of having a computer voting machine that bothers me, more so than the specific poor implementation that we have from Diebold.”

― Avi Rubin

“I grew up very poor, so I learned how to stretch a dollar. It’s nice to combine high-end with low-end or whatever-end you want.”

― Azita Ghanizada

“I prefer to stay poor.”

― Azzedine Alaia

“There was no welfare state, and people had to rely mainly on the Poor Law – that was all the state provided. It was very degrading, very humiliating. And there was a means test for receiving poor relief.”

― Barbara Castle

“North Korea’s whole idea is to create a crisis to solve a crisis. They’re so poor and they’re so desperate that they realize that this bombastic rhetoric can drive the South Korean stock market down and get the U.S. in a tizzy. And it’s a game they’ve been playing for many, many years.”

― Barbara Demick

“Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month’s rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“At home, growing up, we weren’t really poor. We had everything we needed, we just didn’t have what we wanted.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

“Women do two thirds of the world’s work. Yet they earn only one tenth of the world’s income and own less than one percent of the world’s property. They are among the poorest of the world’s poor.”

― Barber Conable

“Few of us doubt that stealing is wrong, especially from the poor. But the accusation of ‘cultural appropriation’ is overwhelmingly being used as an objection to syncretism – the mixing of different thoughts, religions, cultures, and ethnicities that often ends up creating entirely new ones.”

― Bari Weiss

“As a liberal, I am morally obligated to be pragmatic. What good do I do poor people, elderly people, people who are being discriminated against because of their sexual orientation if I’m not realistic about accomplishing something.”

― Barney Frank

“But when others suggested that the poor should not simply be the objects of these programs but also the subjects – that they should be actively involved in shaping the programs, making decisions about how to spend the money etc. – some of the previous supporters reconsidered.”

― Barney Frank

“For many of those who had historically supported welfare programs in the broadest sense, it was perfectly reasonable to enact legislation in which poor people were the objects of efforts to assist them.”

― Barney Frank

“Madonna is a creation, so perhaps we should give her and the factory that created her a little credit, but I think that she should quietly disappear now. Poor Madge seems unable to decide whether she wants to look like Marilyn Monroe or Marlene Dietrich.”

― Barry Humphries

“I grew up really poor and have always been the type of person who will work earlier or work harder or more than the other person to even the playing field.”

― Barry Jenkins

“In New York, the former lack of real competition allowed taxis to extract excessive charges, regardless of the poor service.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“Despite all the media coverage, glitz and glam of hedge funds, they have not done well for their investors. They have high – some say excessively high – fees; their short- and long-term performance has been poor.”

― Barry Ritholtz

“For a decade, makers of AIDS medicines had rejected the idea of lowering prices in poor countries for fear of eroding profits in rich ones. The position required a balancing act, because the companies had to deflect attacks on the global reach of their patents, which granted exclusive marketing rights for antiretroviral drugs.”

― Barton Gellman

“Girls from poor families of the ‘untouchable,’ or lower, caste are ‘married’ to Yellamma as young as four. No longer allowed to marry a mortal, they are expected to bestow their entire lives to the service of the goddess.”

― Beeban Kidron

“There’s something really great and romantic about being poor and sleeping on couches.”

― Ben Affleck

“Deflation can be particularly dangerous when a financial system is shaky, with household and corporate balance sheets in poor shape and banks undercapitalized and heavily burdened with bad loans.”

― Ben Bernanke

“I love football. But it goes through periods of poor play.”

― Ben Domenech

“Trump’s rise was contingent on wide swaths of the country completely tuning out so-called mainstream media sources, while all too many outlets did a poor job covering 2016.”

― Ben Domenech

“When we say ‘less fortunate,’ we generally mean the poor rather than the disabled, who actually are less fortunate. In truth, the poor are generally ‘less fortunate’ only in terms of genetics. They are certainly not less fortunate in the amount of help they receive.”

― Ben Shapiro

“The ordinary American – as far as I can tell – knows so much less than he did fifty years ago and has such poor work habits compared with fifty years ago that the average multiplicand of knowledge/capabilities is a much smaller number than it was in 1961.”

― Ben Stein

“In my youth, I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.”

― Benjamin N. Cardozo

“With all the other -isms that we deal with, that sort of nameless -ism that we have in too many of our hearts against the poor in this country is what wounds us most broadly.”

― Benjamin Todd Jealous

“Laissez Faire was very good sauce for the goose, labor, but was very poor sauce for the gander, capital.”

― Benjamin Tucker

“I worked with these liberal elites for 28 years at CBS News, and they were always throwing around the term ‘white trash,’ by which they meant poor southerners who didn’t go to Harvard. I’m not sure why that makes them trash.”

― Bernard Goldberg

“I grew up in Manchester, and we were very poor. My father was a miner who joined the Navy during the war and developed a lung disease and had to have a lung removed.”

― Bernard Hill

“In Finland, where 80 percent of workers belong to unions, all employees enjoy at least 30 days paid vacation, and the gap between the rich and poor is far more equitable than in the United States.”

― Bernie Sanders

“There is no shame like poor shame. It can make you warm and charming, bitter and resentful, all at once.”

― Beth Ditto

“In the future society, i.e. the communist society that we want to build, we are not going to establish charity institution, as there shall be no needy or poor, and no alms-giving and alms-taking.”

― Bhagat Singh

“Companies need to weed out drivers who dont drive well or have got poor ratings from the customers.”

― Bhavish Aggarwal

“Since the whole village was poor, we didn’t realize our own poverty. I was happy.”

― Bidzina Ivanishvili

“If you go back to 1800, everybody was poor. I mean everybody. The Industrial Revolution kicked in, and a lot of countries benefited, but by no means everyone.”

― Bill Gates

“We make the future sustainable when we invest in the poor, not when we insist on their suffering.”

― Bill Gates

“Most poor people live in the poorest countries.”

― Bill Gates

“Some very poor countries run great vaccination systems, and some richer ones run terrible programs.”

― Bill Gates

“Capitalism has shortfalls. It doesn’t necessarily take care of the poor, and it underfunds innovation, so we have to offset that.”

― Bill Gates

“Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it’s about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it’s less than one ton. It’s an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.”

― Bill Gates

“I believe the returns on investment in the poor are just as exciting as successes achieved in the business arena, and they are even more meaningful!”

― Bill Gates

“Investing for the poor requires participation from the entire community.”

― Bill Gates

“The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.”

― Bill Gates

“By 2035, there will be almost no poor countries left in the world. Almost all countries will be what we now call lower-middle income or richer.”

― Bill Gates

“Surely our inaction with respect to Syria is a poor precedent if we’re fighting a war on terror.”

― Bill Kristol

“Pity the poor senator or representative trying to stay alive in the political jungle. At every turn, there’s a danger: a constituent who actually wants something done. Or worse, a campaign donor who might be offended by that something.”

― Bill McKibben

“Safety nets for the poor and disadvantaged are a must for any compassionate nation, but encouraging folks to go on the dole when not absolutely necessary is disgraceful.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“The gap between rich and poor under President Obama is getting bigger because fewer well-paying jobs are available. Corporations are being taxed to the hilt and are loathe to add more workers. Thus, salaries fall because there are more than enough applicants to fill any job vacancy.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them.”

― Bill Vaughan

“The tax collector must love poor people, he’s creating so many of them.”

― Bill Vaughan

“The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.”

― Billy Sunday

“With fewer resources to share around more people, how can the poor have improved lifestyles?”

― Bindi Irwin

“I just love cars; I’ve been like that since I was a kid. It’s an infatuation because we grew up poor. Cars was something we were always trying to get.”

― Birdman

“I was poor my whole life.”

― Blackbear

“It’s a scary, exhilarating thing to have your work adapted by someone else. There are so many ways it can go wrong or be a poor example of the underlying story.”

― Blake Crouch

“The nation’s children, families, poor, workers, and senior citizens deserve more than lip service. They deserve more than outrage. They deserve real support, protection, and solid action.”

― Blase J. Cupich

“Obama made his no-new-taxes pledge over and over again four years ago as he campaigned. Not only has he repeatedly and blatantly violated it, but his policies have relentlessly assaulted poor and middle-income family budgets.”

― Bob Beauprez

“We know that in the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. They recruit people from poor areas and turn them into terrorists.”

― Bob Beckel

“I don’t think anyone sets out to malign poor people but certainly that’s what we do through organizations such as the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”

― Bob Geldof

“God makes confetti out of our titles and accomplishments to celebrate the poor and the humble.”

― Bob Goff

“You can’t be a parent and say, ‘I need you to be more active and I need you to eat right,’ when you’re still choosing to have poor eating habits.”

― Bob Harper

“The level of journalism in this country is just so pathetically poor, and I’ve, in a sense, gone over the top of them, which they don’t like.”

― Bob Hawke

“Poor quality of representatives… is not a purely Australian phenomenon – it’s a worldwide phenomenon.”

― Bob Hawke

“We’ve got to take care of the poor.”

― Bob Riley

“If you’re poor and you do something stupid, you’re nuts. If you’re rich and do something stupid, you’re eccentric.”

― Bobby Heenan

“Sometimes, I play a round of extremely poor golf.”

― Bobby Keys

“It’s a privilege to serve the poor, to be servants of noble Africans, but I better belong in the rehearsal room or in the studio with my band. That’s where I want to be and I still wake up in the morning with melodies in my head.”

― Bono

“Nowadays there is more dynamism in chess, modern players like to take the initiative. Usually they are poor defenders though.”

― Boris Spassky

“I didn’t get bullied any more than anybody else. I think I got bullied more for being poor than being gay. But no more than any other kid. And I’m sure that I did my fair share of picking on other kids, too. We’re all humans.”

― Brandi Carlile

“It is a good deed to forget a poor joke.”

― Brendan Behan

“Sanctions always hurt the poor, the weak, the children.”

― Brian May

“I would make a poor vegetarian because I adore meat.”

― Britt Ekland

“It is poor civic hygiene to install technologies that could someday facilitate a police state.”

― Bruce Schneier

“We might be on the brink of an apocalypse if, instead of poor people with suicide bombs killing middle class guys, middle-class people with suicide bombs started killing rich guys.”

― Bruce Sterling

“We’ve done a very poor job at really reflecting on our legacy of racial inequality… You see it in the South, but it’s everywhere.”

― Bryan Stevenson

“Make the people sovereign and the poor will use the machinery of government to dispossess the rich.”

― C. Northcote Parkinson

“Once you become poor, tired and time-constrained, you become a much better human being.”

― Caitlin Moran

“Why has the Democratic Party become so arrogantly detached from ordinary Americans? Though they claim to speak for the poor and dispossessed, Democrats have increasingly become the party of an upper-middle-class professional elite, top-heavy with journalists, academics and lawyers.”

― Camille Paglia

“My favorite stories are about kids who refuse to give up; their homes and schools may have been destroyed; they’ve probably had to rely on themselves more than a lot of adults do, and they’ve resisted the many bad alternatives that city life offers to poor teens.”

― Campbell Brown

“I grew up in the hood in Miami in a poor neighborhood.”

― Carl Hart

“The Christian missionary may preach the gospel to the poor naked heathen, but the spiritual heathen who populate Europe have as yet heard nothing of Christianity.”

― Carl Jung

“Amateurism is the strongest form of discrimination in sports. Because it discriminates against the underprivileged, it discriminates against the poor. If we want sports to go back to the wealthy, let’s make it amateur again.”

― Carl Lewis

“I’m afraid of being poor; I’m afraid of living in the projects… I’m afraid of being thought as unsuccessful.”

― Carlos Mencia

“I grew up poor. The fact that I had to struggle to succeed, that wasn’t a big deal to me. I’d struggled my whole life.”

― Carlos Mencia

“The real solution is to improve the incomes of the poor and provide their children with decent education.”

― Carol Bellamy

“If you’re from a poor background, you have to work even harder. But that’s what makes you who you are.”

― Carol Vorderman

“I love people, but I don’t do so well in a system. We’re poor, and we lead a very different kind of life. We depend on other people so much.”

― Carolyn Chute

“With upper- and middle-class lawns, there’s more hidden, whereas with working-class or poor lawns, there’s more out to see. It just sits right out there. Very honest. Like the people.”

― Carolyn Chute

“Even if the ocean on Enceladus starts out being as microbially poor as the pelagic ocean on Earth, which is the worst case, we still have a chance of seeing lots of organisms in the plumes.”

― Carolyn Porco

“You don’t want to burden some poor wretch with the entire story of your life.”

― Carolyn See

“Most elderly are retirees with relatively low incomes. But some may possess assets, and they will be classified as poor. As such, the elderly poverty rate could be overstated.”

― Carrie Lam

“Given the relativity concept, poverty cannot be eliminated. Indeed, an economic upturn with a broad improvement in household income does not guarantee a decrease in the size of the poor population, especially when the income growth of households below the poverty line is less promising than the overall.”

― Carrie Lam

“It is not acceptable that we continue to see thousands of acres burn because of forest fires, because of poor management on our forests, big kill, and we have these catastrophic situations take place when we are not able to take action.”

― Cathy McMorris Rodgers

“We learned many years ago that the rich may have money, but the poor have time.”

― Cesar Chavez

“Since the Church is to be servant to the poor, it is our fault if that wealth is not channeled to help the poor in our world.”

― Cesar Chavez

“Though many of the poor have come to see the affluent middle class as its enemy, that class actually stands between the poor and the real powers in this society – the administrative octopus with its head in Washington, the conglomerates, the military complex.”

― Cesar Chavez

“Who gets the risks? The risks are given to the consumer, the unsuspecting consumer and the poor work force. And who gets the benefits? The benefits are only for the corporations, for the money makers.”

― Cesar Chavez

“As long as we have a poor country bordering California, it’s going to be very difficult to win strikes.”

― Cesar Chavez

“The South African government, unlike a lot of African governments, isn’t poor.”

― Charlayne Hunter-Gault

“I just grew up a poor black kid in Alabama with a single mom and two brothers.”

― Charles Barkley

“Times were poor. I wore hand-me-downs. And because the kids just older than me in the family were girls, sometimes I had to wear my sisters’ hand-me-downs.”

― Charles Bronson

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.”

― Charles Darwin

“Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!”

― Charles Dickens

“It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.”

― Charles Dickens

“It is a sin to be poor.”

― Charles Fillmore

“Obama is a leveler. He has come to narrow the divide between rich and poor. For him the ultimate social value is fairness. Imposing it upon the American social order is his mission.”

― Charles Krauthammer

“Often, those with the most to lose as a result of a poor policy move are the most vulnerable and most marginalized. Those folks need a voice, and I will endeavor to be that voice.”

― Charles M. Blow

“Victorian values meant brutalizing people who were often poor.”

― Charles Palliser

“The poor child was the drudge of the household, and was always in the wrong. He was, however, the most bright and discreet of all the brothers; and if he spoke little, he heard and thought the more.”

― Charles Perrault

“No one is so miserable as the poor person who maintains the appearance of wealth.”

― Charles Spurgeon

“The peasant must always be helped technically, economically, morally and culturally. The guerrilla fighter will be a sort of guiding angel who has fallen into the zone, helping the poor always and bothering the rich as little as possible in the first phases of the war.”

― Che Guevara

“I’ll always be poor in my mind.”

― Chet Atkins

“Why do I love kids so much? Because I was never a kid myself. I was too poor to really have a childhood.”

― Chi Chi Rodriguez

“I’m too careful with money – comes out of being poor for several years while growing up.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“Too many veterans are poor or near poor and homeless because of it.”

― Chris Gardner

“My mom had to be resourceful. She grew up dirt poor in rural Louisiana.”

― Chris Gardner

“I always wanted to write. But honestly I’m glad I didn’t do it back when I was twenty-five or so, when it’s now clear to me that I was a very poor writer and could’ve ruined my career before it even started.”

― Chris Pavone

“I am a surfer, though quite a poor one.”

― Chris Weitz

“If the poor overweight jogger only knew how far he had to run to work off the calories in a crust of bread he might find it better in terms of pound per mile to go to a massage parlor.”

― Christiaan Barnard

“The advantage of the analytical approach is that it is widely applicable, and it can provide a considerable amount of quantitative information even with a relatively poor resolving power.”

― Christian de Duve

“My freshman year, the hate was all directed toward Danny Ferry. And every year, there’s some new poor sucker at Duke who draws the ire of everybody.”

― Christian Laettner

“I enjoy my money, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’d certainly rather be rich than poor.”

― Christine McVie

“Even though Haitian women are considered the ‘poto mitan’ – the ‘central pillars’ of the family and their communities – they are often the most underserved members of already poor communities.”

― Christy Turlington

“Worrying about the poor is one thing. To contend that equality is necessary for growth is an altogether different and more radical idea.”

― Chrystia Freeland

“I was born in South Carolina. On my dad’s farm, I didn’t have much. I’m just a poor kid who worked in a produce market.”

― Chubby Checker

“I’m poor white trash from the state of Washington.”

― Chuck Close

“We need to make sure middle-class people are able to pay the bills. We need to make sure that poor people don’t starve. Those are values, too.”

― Chuck Schumer

“Africa is no more this poor continent. It’s on the march.”

― Claire Denis

“A servant church must have as its priority solidarity with the poor.”

― Claudio Hummes

“In fact, effective solidarity with the poor, both individual persons and entire nations, is indispensable for the construction of peace.”

― Claudio Hummes

“If you can’t sell your product, it goes from being an asset to a liability. Learn to sell, partner with someone who can sell, or learn to be poor.”

― Clay Clark

“Sex – the poor man’s polo.”

― Clifford Odets

“I prefer career artists that have spent time honing their craft, as opposed to, ‘I won a karaoke contest on a reality show and now I have a record.’ That’s such a drag. The music that comes out of it is so poor.”

― Conor Oberst

“The black population now consists of two distinct classes-the middle class and the poor.”

― Constance Baker Motley

“It is plain that we don’t care about our poor people except to exploit them as cheap labor and victimize them through excessive rents and consumer prices.”

― Coretta Scott King

“Our Congress passes laws which subsidize corporation farms, oil companies, airlines, and houses for suburbia. But when they turn their attention to the poor, they suddenly become concerned about balancing the budget and cut back on the funds for Head Start, Medicare, and mental health appropriations.”

― Coretta Scott King

“If they think they have issues with the president not doing enough for the poor now, wait and see what happens if the opposition takes office. Then they would really need a poverty tour.”

― Cornel West

“We need to put strong Democratic pressure on President Obama in the name of poor and working people.”

― Cornel West

“Traditional autobiography has generally had a poor press. The novelist Daphne du Maurier condemned all examples of this literary form as self-indulgent. Others have quipped that autobiography reveals nothing bad about its writer except his memory.”

― Craig Venter

“They’ve got us surrounded again, the poor bastards.”

― Creighton Abrams

“We weren’t poor growing up on Long Island, but it wasn’t lavish – just a regular middle-class house.”

― Criss Angel

“I’ve always felt like a lot of people’s misconceptions of me have to do with how I grew up. I grew up poor, and I grew up rich.”

― Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“At what point is someone precluded from availing themselves of the justification of self-defense because of their own poor judgment or bad behavior?”

― Dan Gelber

“I decided to set out to prove that you could make a reasonable living building for the poor using recycled materials and only hiring unskilled labor.”

― Dan Phillips

“Republicans have been accused of abandoning the poor. It’s the other way around. They never vote for us.”

― Dan Quayle

“My mother often told us that it is a poor dog that will not wag its own tail.”

― Danny K. Davis

“Especially, I don’t want to ever be compared to The Rock because I’d be the poor man’s version of The Rock. I’m just not him; it’s not who I am as a person or as a performer. The Rock’s very big and bold, and I’m not.”

― Dave Bautista

“I did software development for a while, and I also spent several years directing a nonprofit in San Francisco that did computer education for the poor. I also did a lot of work in fast food.”

― David Autor

“I board with a poor Scotchman: his wife can talk scarce any English.”

― David Brainerd

“Historically, central planners have generally done a poor job of managing economic resources – this we’ve known since the time of the Pharaohs.”

― David Brin

“The rich don’t exploit the poor. They just out-compete them.”

― David Brooks

“I was an only child. We were so poor, my parents and I had the same room.”

― David Copperfield

“A poor self-image is the magnifying glass that can transform a trivial mistake or an imperfection into an overwhelming symbol of personal defeat.”

― David D. Burns

“Though there are many differences between Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, they are strikingly similar in their poor economic records and even more so in their shared pessimism and bearishness on America.”

― David Limbaugh

“After being married for over 37 years, I showed extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital affair.”

― David Petraeus

“I do remember smiling quite a bit inside it though since I knew it wouldn’t be seen on film – so of course while the poor planet is being blown up I’m smiling and laughing like mad!”

― David Prowse

“I will say this, – though: If it is true that fusion will put unlimited amounts of energy into our hands, then I’m worried. Our record on this score is extremely poor.”

― David R. Brower

“When I was 16, I made some little 35mm documentaries about the poor in London. I went round Notting Hill, which was a real slum in the 1950s, shooting film.”

― David Suchet

“Too often, governments are quick to use excessive force and even pervert the course of justice to keep oil and gas flowing, forests logged, wild rivers dammed and minerals extracted. As the Global Witness study reveals, citizens are often killed, too – especially if they’re poor and indigenous.”

― David Suzuki

“Children’s books are often seen as the poor relation of literature. But children are just as demanding as adult readers, if not more so. I should know. I’m a children’s writer myself.”

― David Walliams

“Our ministry also supports orphanages in the U.S. and overseas, thousands of poor children in Latin America, drug centers for addicted men, and a drug center in Israel.”

― David Wilkerson

“Having money is better than not having it, but I’ve been poor, and I’ve survived.”

― Dawn Steel

“Poor people put a low value on themselves and their efforts.”

― Daymond John

“We were rather poor, but we always had what we needed.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“I have very poor taste in men, and I married all the wrong men.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“The very rich, very poor, and the very famous get the worst medical care. The very rich can buy it, the very poor can’t get any, and the very famous can dictate it.”

― Debbie Rowe

“It’s risky to show poor Americans. People see it as a downer. But I really wanted to make a tightly wound piece of storytelling that also happened to explode the myth of American affluence.”

― Debra Granik

“Defensively, I could be a lot better; my decision-making at times can be a bit poor.”

― Dele Alli

“By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.”

― Democritus

“Success in life comes not from holding a good hand, but in playing a poor hand well.”

― Denis Waitley

“Democratic Latin America limps sideways because it can’t run ahead. There are too many entry barriers to the poor, the innovative, and those without access to credit.”

― Denise Dresser

“The tax code is not the only area where the administration is helping the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It has spent $155 billion for an unnecessary war driven by fear.”

― Dennis Kucinich

“I came from a very poor background. I came from children’s homes; I came from a violent family, and against all the odds, I succeeded.”

― DeObia Oparei

“I didn’t pass the scholarship exam for Oxford because of poor mathematics.”

― Derek Walcott

“I can be upset by malice. Most critics are very poor poets. Poetry is a craft that takes a lot to appreciate, and there are some critics who have no ear for it. An irresponsible critic can do a lot of psychic damage, but eventually, they don’t affect your work.”

― Derek Walcott

“All the United States, it is a society that is split like to the bottom, that had very poor people in the country that is one of the wealthiest countries.”

― Desmond Tutu

“Niger is not an isolated island of desperation. It lies within a sea of problems across Africa – particularly the ‘forgotten emergencies’ in poor countries or regions with little strategic or material appeal.”

― Desmond Tutu

“My grandma forbid us from describing ourselves as poor. She said, ‘we’re broke.’ Because broke is temporary.”

― Deval Patrick

“Aside from the poor example it sets, the federal government enables reckless spending on public-employee pensions by offering hope of assistance from Washington if things get bad enough.”

― Devin Nunes

“Poor, darling fellow – he died of food. He was killed by the dinner table.”

― Diana Vreeland

“One thing that improved my cooking skills was being a poor student in California… If you don’t have much money, you have to learn to cook.”

― Diane Mott Davidson

“I grew up in South Florida, and my family was pretty poor. We weren’t your upper-class whites by any means.”

― Dickey Betts

“I believe in the Democratic party, and their philosophy and what they stand for – for the poor people.”

― Dikembe Mutombo

“I hated school. Even to this day, when I see a school bus it’s just depressing to me. The poor little kids.”

― Dolly Parton

“I’ve been to those places where it’s ‘poor, pitiful me.’”

― Dolly Parton

“I had to get rich so I could sing like I was poor again.”

― Dolly Parton

“A Brexit with a poor outcome will damage our country and lead to years of further division.”

― Dominic Grieve

“I want to see somebody go to jail over the financial crisis and not just black, brown and poor whites over humbles and minor drug beefs.”

― Don Cheadle

“Good pitchers, after a tough outing, bounce back. Real good pitchers don’t let too many poor games get in there.”

― Don Cooper

“Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.”

― Don Herold

“I felt like a loser. I was unhappy as a child most of the time. We were terribly poor and I hated my size.”

― Don Knotts

“The rich are staying in school, and the poor are being drafted. I can’t live with that.”

― Donald E. Graham

“See that the President, the Cabinet and staff are informed. If cut out of the information flow, their decisions may be poor, not made, or not confidently or persuasively implemented.”

― Donald Rumsfeld

“I’m obsessed with the thought of making things happen… Ultimately, I do it because I’m scared. I don’t ever, ever, ever want to be poor again.”

― Donna Brazile

“Helping the poor doesn’t mean redistributing the wealth. It means removing the breaks that give the wealthy an advantage so huge that big chunks of the nation’s income are automatically removed from individual economic competition.”

― Donna Brazile

“Marie Stopes had established the first birth control clinic in Britain; the whole question of informing women, especially those who were poor, about methods of contraception, began to be discussed.”

― Dora Russell

“I firmly believe that our salvation depends on the poor.”

― Dorothy Day

“I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn’t know it then.”

― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.”

― E. M. Forster

“The average man’s judgment is so poor, he runs a risk every time he uses it.”

― E. W. Howe

“When the idle poor become the idle rich, you’ll never know just who is who, or which is which.”

― E. Y. Harburg

“I do think that every super power on the globe has a very poor record on human rights.”

― Ed Schultz

“There aren’t any poor cable hosts.”

― Ed Schultz

“Lord, help my poor soul.”

― Edgar Allan Poe

“John McCain’s choice of Sarah Palin as running mate is the towering example of his poor judgment. Palin’s ignorance of public affairs is monumental.”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“Boxing, in the most general terms, is a poor man’s sport. All you have is your hands to make a living.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“Our musical alphabet is poor and illogical.”

― Edgard Varese

“If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.”

― Edmund Burke

“Vexed sailors cursed the rain, for which poor shepherds prayed in vain.”

― Edmund Waller

“The walls are the publishers of the poor.”

― Eduardo Galeano

“Some have too much, yet still do crave; I little have, and seek no more. They are but poor, though much they have, And I am rich with little store.”

― Edward Dyer

“The thing which grieves and oppresses my heart with respect to poor Scotland, is the hardness of heart manifest in the levity and cruelty with which they speak of others.”

― Edward Irving

“I wasn’t afraid of being poor. I didn’t want to live in a big house. I’m the perfect size for poetry. I can move around.”

― Eileen Myles

“I’m proud that I’ve never stopped writing about being poor.”

― Eileen Myles

“I agree that income disparity is the great issue of our time. It is even broader and more difficult than the civil rights issues of the 1960s. The ’99 percent’ is not just a slogan. The disparity in income has left the middle class with lowered, not rising, income, and the poor unable to reach the middle class.”

― Eleanor Holmes Norton

“The poor pay more, and that’s one of the reasons people get trapped at the bottom of the economic ladder.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“The American Dream, coupled with government subsidies of utilities and cheap consumer goods courtesy of slave labour somewhere else, has kept the poor huddled masses from rising up.”

― Elizabeth Wurtzel

“I gained direct knowledge of the life of the poor in big towns: I have lived the narrowing mechanism of its conditioning and feared it.”

― Ella Maillart

“I have very poor eyesight, and I can’t imagine a world without my glasses or contacts.”

― Ellen Hollman

“So many people for so many years have promoted technology as the answer to everything. The economy wasn’t growing: technology. Poor people: technology. Illness: technology. As if, somehow, technology in and of itself would be a solution. Yet machine values are not always human values.”

― Ellen Ullman

“The ransoming of captives has been practiced by Jews for many centuries and has been regarded as a greater obligation than charity for the poor.”

― Elliott Abrams

“I never interned. The first job I ever had was a very low-paying job, and the guy running the radio station was so poor, he couldn’t pay us sometimes – so it’s almost like an internship, right?”

― Elvis Duran

“He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.”

― Emily Dickinson

“Men who are scandalized at the lack of freedom in Russia do not ask themselves how real is liberty among the poor, the weak, and the ignorant in capitalist society.”

― Emily Greene Balch

“Even though it is the case that poverty is linked to AIDS, in the sense that Africa is poor and they have a lot of AIDS, it’s not necessarily the case that improving poverty – at least in the short run, that improving exports and improving development – it’s not necessarily the case that that’s going to lead to a decline in HIV prevalence.”

― Emily Oster

“I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I’m not ashamed of anything.”

― Eminem

“I am a living illustration of Bosnian mixing and converting. My grandparents lived in eastern Herzegovina. Very poor. The Turks came and brought Islam. There were three brothers in the family. One was Orthodox Christian. The other two took Islam to survive.”

― Emir Kusturica

“Heaven must be an awfully dull place if the poor in spirit live there.”

― Emma Goldman

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

― Emma Lazarus

“When a family is poor, everyone is poor, and there is huge solidarity. People will take a bullet for you. But when one makes it, it is like you owe everyone.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“In Africa, you know, if you’re poor, at least you can go to the forest and share some mangoes with the gorillas and monkey.”

― Emmanuel Jal

“I have to spend my time worrying about poor families at the expense of helping businesses, or vice versa. To me, I really see that’s the bridge I need to build.”

― Eric Garcetti

“Once they are charged, too many poor New Yorkers find themselves trapped by our unjust bail system. Unable to pay for bail, they languish in Rikers Island or other jails while they await trial, regardless of guilt.”

― Eric Schneiderman

“Sadly, because of the enormous gap between rich and poor, some mothers can afford helpers, but many can’t. Those who can would be kinder to refrain from criticizing other women.”

― Erica Jong

“I am of the international upper class, the Swedish petit bourgeoisie of Jewish extraction with poor language skills, a conveyor of a few expressions and faces, with some intonation that combines ancient human experience with timely coquetry.”

― Erland Josephson

“I always have to get my U.K. fix, and ‘Downton Abbey’ is definitely that. I absolutely love period dramas, but this one is particularly appealing – following the ins and outs of aristocracy as well as the interaction between the rich and the poor.”

― Estelle

“In the 19th century, smallpox was widely considered a disease of filth, which meant that it was largely understood to be a disease of the poor. According to filth theory, any number of contagious diseases were caused by bad air that had been made foul by excrement or rot.”

― Eula Biss

“When a man’s stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.”

― Euripides

“I didn’t design schools for poor kids. I’m designing schools to be world-class.”

― Eva Moskowitz

“I used to watch actors and say, ‘You poor suckers, that job looks miserable.’”

― Evangeline Lilly

“Charity separates the rich from the poor; aid raises the needy and sets him on the same level with the rich.”

― Evita Peron

“Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense. I just use the money for the poor. I can’t stop to count it.”

― Evita Peron

“Like so many poor Ilokanos, my grandparents left their village, for it could no longer sustain them. The Ilocos is a narrow coastal plain where, so often, the mountain drops to the sea. Land hunger had always afflicted the Ilokanos and made them migratory.”

― F. Sionil Jose

“A big part of the anti-immigration narrative is the perception that the majority of immigrants are poor, uneducated, and unskilled.”

― Fabrizio Moreira

“In real terms, there is a greater disparity of earnings between the very rich and the very poor.”

― Ferdinand Mount

“Lula’s political culture translated into a government project that sought to include the poor in the budget with minimal efforts in terms of structural transformation. The inclusion of the poor would trigger the economy, creating a virtuous cycle of mass consumption market, increased tax collection, more investments, and more benefits.”

― Fernando Haddad

“Christ didn’t choose the rich to preach the doctrine; he choose 12 poor ignorant workers – that is, he chose the proletariat of the times.”

― Fidel Castro

“For revolutionary Cubans, to cooperate with other poor and exploited peoples has always been a political principle and a duty towards humanity.”

― Fidel Castro

“One of the strangest things about life is that the poor, who need the money the most, are the ones that never have it.”

― Finley Peter Dunne

“It seems that the fiction writer has a revolting attachment to the poor, for even when he writes about the rich, he is more concerned with what they lack than with what they have.”

― Flannery O’Connor

“I grew up in a very large, poor family.”

― Florence Henderson

“The UK has a poor investment record. According to IMF data, we have come seventh out of the top seven industrialised countries since 1999.”

― Frances O’Grady

“Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.”

― Francis Bacon

“Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.”

― Francis Bacon

“In France, the image I had was of a shy girl – a poor lonely girl and not too good-looking. When I went to England, I had another image. I felt the journalists were much more interested in my looks than in my songs.”

― Francoise Hardy

“My idea for peace in the Middle East is to go back to the 1966 line, but to build even more houses for the Palestinians, who are a poor people.”

― Frank Carson

“Some, like Mother Teresa, are born with a gene to help the poor, and some are born with a gene to write. I was born with a gene to tell my story, and I just had to.”

― Frank McCourt

“We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor – got her master’s with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure.”

― Frank Ocean

“When the mayor of Sao Paulo wanted to increase bus fare by 21 centavos in 2013, the country erupted in the largest mass protests in its history. It wasn’t a dramatic hike – just nine cents – but a perfect symbol of the increasing burdens on the working poor, forced to fend with an inadequate system, insensitive to their plight.”

― Franklin Foer

“Dogmatists have one advantage: they are poor listeners.”

― Frans de Waal

“Nationalism makes us poor because its Siamese twin, protectionism, will destroy the internal market and disrupt international trade.”

― Frans Timmermans

“If nationalism makes us poor, weak, and morally insecure, how can it claim to be patriotic? I maintain that nationalists are unpatriotic.”

― Frans Timmermans

“Poor diet and sedentary behaviour have led to an increase in obesity and lifestyle-related disease and a huge rise in chronic medical conditions.”

― Frans van Houten

“Above all things, I must not get angry. If I do get angry I knock all the teeth out of the mouth of the poor wretch who has angered me.”

― Franz Schubert

“Originally created to serve the poorest and sickest among us, the Medicaid program has grown dramatically but still doesn’t include the kind of flexibility that states need to provide better health care for the poor and disadvantaged.”

― Fred Upton

“I would rather write for the instruction, or even the amusement of the poor than for the amusement of the rich.”

― Frederick Marryat

“The rich become richer and the poor become poorer is a cry heard throughout the whole civilized world.”

― Friedrich Schiller

“I come from a poor community, and I still go back there whenever I can, and I think that makes it easier to cope with fame and being on TV.”

― Gabriel Jesus

“Now my poor hometown is being castigated as the center of an IRS scandal. Humble workers at the Cincinnati office targeted Tea Party groups and other conservative organizations for special scrutiny when those groups applied for tax-exempt status. There’s no conceivable excuse for that. It was deeply, deeply wrong.”

― Gail Collins

“I’ve personally demanded that tyrants let their people go. I’ve tried to feed the hungry, clothe the poor, protect the elderly and infirm, and defend the needy from the aggressively greedy. I’ve led a blessed life. What a kick for a kid from the projects.”

― Gary Ackerman

“When people move from poor countries to America, they quickly adapt in at least one way – their consumption habits.”

― Gary Bauer

“Hope is the poor man’s bread.”

― Gary Herbert

“One year’s poor form remains a blip but if it happens next year, you can say it’s a trend.”

― Gary Neville

“No other facet of American business is more corrupt, more intoxicated with illegality, more weakly regulated, and has a greater impact on poor and working people than debt collectors; not credit card companies or subprime mortgages, not even payday lenders.”

― Gary Weiss

“Numerous academic studies have shown that amateur investors make poor traders – buying stocks for the wrong reasons, holding losers for too long, and acting on whims and emotions.”

― Gary Weiss

“It was tough for him in that newsroom with Ted Baxter getting all the glory and this poor guy doing all the work. Murray worried so much he worried his hair off!”

― Gavin MacLeod

“Isn’t it wrong to target and brand an entire state in a poor light?”

― Geeta Phogat

“The Electoral College was necessary when communications were poor, literacy was low, and voters lacked information about out-of-state figures, which is clearly no longer the case.”

― Gene Green

“The Boxer Rebellion is a war that was fought on Chinese soil in the year 1900. The Europeans, the Japanese and their Chinese Christian allies were on one side. On the other were poor, starving, illiterate Chinese teenagers whom the Europeans referred to as the Boxers.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Nobody really knows for sure how the Boxer Rebellion started. It began among the poor, and the history of the poor is rarely written down.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“As I was researching, I was struck by how similar the Boxers were to Joan of Arc. Joan was basically a French Boxer. She was a poor teenager who wanted to do something about the foreign aggressors invading her homeland.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I work for everything I’ve got. I started off as a very poor kid. I want to get paid.”

― Gene Simmons

“Poor is the power of the lead that becomes bullets compared to the power of the hot metal that becomes types.”

― Georg Brandes

“The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.”

― Georg C. Lichtenberg

“Very few people can afford to be poor.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“Every single wave, when I was overwhelmed and poor and struggling in New York, there were these extraordinary people in New York who said, ‘Come this way.’”

― George C. Wolfe

“One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!”

― George Eliot

“When I was a kid in Houston, we were so poor we couldn’t afford the last 2 letters, so we called ourselves po’.”

― George Foreman

“The first priority of any serious program against poverty is to strengthen the male role in poor families.”

― George Gilder

“It is part of a poor spirit to undervalue himself and blush.”

― George Herbert

“My parents were very poor, but we never felt any sense of need or want. It was a very close, loving, tightly-knit family growing up, and I never felt any sense of deprivation or anything like that.”

― George J. Mitchell

“I was born in Saratoga, Texas, a little town there in the Big Thicket about 60 miles north of Beaumont. Needless to say, we were very, very poor, but we always managed to have enough to keep our bellies full.”

― George Jones

“It’s not hard to tell we was poor – when you saw the toilet paper dryin’ on the clothesline.”

― George Lindsey

“The poor despise labor when performed by slaves.”

― George Mason

“America’s vast population of working poor can only get so poor before even Walmart is out of reach.”

― George Packer

“I could actually care less about the poor. We have some living near us, and pee-yew. They are always coming and going to their three or four jobs at all hours of the day and night. Annoying!”

― George Saunders

“It would be a poor thing to be an atom in a universe without physicists, and physicists are made of atoms. A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms.”

― George Wald

“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.”

― George Whitefield

“I’ve always had real good taste; no matter how poor I’ve been, I’ve had good taste in clothes.”

― Georgia Holt

“Let the poor man count as his enemy, and his worst enemy, every invader of the right of free discussion.”

― Gerrit Smith

“The poor North has much to do with slavery. It staggers under its load and smarts under its lash.”

― Gerrit Smith

“There is one class of men, whom it especially behoves to be tenacious of the right of free discussion. I mean the poor.”

― Gerrit Smith

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. It’s better to be rich.”

― Gertrude Stein

“I always wanted to be a boy scout but was too poor. Couldn’t do it.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“The hopeless grief of those poor colored people affected me more than almost anything else.”

― Gideon Welles

“Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.”

― Gilbert K. Chesterton

“My poor, problematic feet don’t let me wear anything much over a three- or four-inch heel.”

― Gillian Jacobs

“It’s all about the choices we make as a society. We can choose to have poor schools and parks and higher tuition at Rhode Island’s colleges. But we should make an active choice.”

― Gina Raimondo

“If you want to help the poor and our next generation, make investment, reinvestment and businesses welcome.”

― Gina Rinehart

“The millionaires and billionaires who chose to invest in Australia are actually those who most help the poor and our young. This secret needs to be spread widely.”

― Gina Rinehart

“Allowing Texas to display the Ten Commandments on State property but disallowing Kentucky courthouses from doing the same is a poor and flawed interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.”

― Ginny Brown-Waite

“When I started, I had nothing. Because my family was really, really, really poor.”

― Giorgio Armani

“Social service has always been my priority, and I want to help the poor.”

― Girija Vyas

“The whole world knows that His glory has not been spread by force and weapons, but by poor fishermen.”

― Girolamo Savonarola

“Planning ahead is a measure of class. The rich and even the middle class plan for future generations, but the poor can plan ahead only a few weeks or days.”

― Gloria Steinem

“In the order I was in, each brother takes five vows, one of which is teaching the poor gratuitously. As a young person I was seized by this idea of social justice and I wanted very much to follow my vow of teaching the poor gratuitously.”

― Godfrey Reggio

“I would say I’m a fiscal conservative and a social liberal, if that contradiction can make sense, because in Bolivia, we have a great problem, which is the inequity of income distribution. The rich aren’t that rich, but the poor are very poor.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“We spend more on cows than the poor.”

― Gordon Brown

“Most citizens viewing the tape of Rodney G. King being beaten by police officers were stunned and uncomprehending. Most citizens, that is, but the urban poor.”

― Greg Boyle

“For over twenty years, Homeboy Industries has chosen to stand with those on the margins and those whose burdens are more than they can bear; it stands with the poor and the powerless, with the easily-despised and the readily-left out.”

― Greg Boyle

“The poor evangelize you about what’s important and what is the Gospel, and that that’s where the joy is.”

― Greg Boyle

“We are less than honest and commit a grave error if we insist that what happened to Rodney G. King was isolated and an exceptional case. The poor know better.”

― Greg Boyle

“We need not wait for further, well-placed home video cameras to see that low-intensity warfare is being waged against low-income minorities. We need only listen to the voices of the poor; they can testify that they are dehumanized, disparaged, and despised by the police.”

― Greg Boyle

“Logic is a poor model of cause and effect.”

― Gregory Bateson

“I’m a product of public housing. My parents grew up poor, but their dream was to own a home.”

― Gregory Meeks

“It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man.”

― Gregory Nunn

“We would go down to Riverside, California, which is very poor now, but that’s where my grandfather grew up. He grew up during the Depression in Riverside.”

― Greta Gerwig

“The burden of disease falls on the poor.”

― Gro Harlem Brundtland

“Whoever named it necking was a poor judge of anatomy.”

― Groucho Marx

“My parents were founders of the Cuban Communist Party, and I grew up extremely poor.”

― Guillermo Cabrera Infante

“Poor Rahul Gandhi doesn’t know the ABCD of Karnataka politics.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.”

― H. L. Mencken

“Although combat operations unseated the Taliban and the Saddam Hussein regime, a poor understanding of the recent histories of the Afghan and Iraqi peoples undermined efforts to consolidate early battlefield gains into lasting security.”

― H. R. McMaster

“When I was growing up in South Korea in the ’70s and early ’80s, the country was too poor to buy original records. Everything was bootlegged.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“I don’t see why OPEC countries should continue to cut production just to keep the price of oil high. This will not affect the industrial countries alone, it will also hit poor countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Who will look after them?”

― Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani

“Studies show that recipients of Section 8 vouchers have tended to choose moderately poor neighborhoods that were already on the decline, not low-poverty neighborhoods.”

― Hanna Rosin

“Football is probably the most democratic human activity. It belongs to everyone… to poor and rich, illiterate and educated, to all races, cultures, and nations.”

― Haris Pasovic

“You can’t just lecture the poor that they shouldn’t riot or go to extremes. You have to make the means of legal redress available.”

― Harold H. Greene

“I don’t want to be the underdog. I don’t want to be the poor guy, getting kicked around.”

― Hector Ruiz

“If you neglect those who are currently poor and stable, you may create more poor and unstable people. There has been a tremendous concentration of donor interest in countries that are seen as particularly fragile – but it becomes harder to mobilise money for sub-Saharan, plain poor countries.”

― Helen Clark

“The poor Oscars – they always get slammed in the press.”

― Helen Mirren

“I am provocative, and I admit this. It isn’t as if I’m only on the receiving end, a poor, frail little creature. I can be thoroughly nasty when I get going, and I don’t pull my punches.”

― Helen Suzman

“The difference between rich and poor is becoming more extreme, and as income inequality widens the wealth gap in major nations, education, health and social mobility are all threatened.”

― Helene D. Gayle

“The Christian Democrats always made you feel like the poor relation.”

― Helmut Kohl

“Europe has, to put it mildly, been in a poor state since the transition to the 21st century. This is down to national issues, European missteps, and an economic and financial crisis that crashed down on us with enough force to dislodge the essential European idea.”

― Helmut Kohl

“At the time of independence in 1975, Mozambique was extremely poor. Many Portuguese residents abandoned the country, leaving only a handful of well-educated Mozambicans to try to run the country.”

― Henning Mankell

“For me ‘Oliver Twist’ is a political novel. It is a furious critique of the treatment of orphans and poor children who were forced to spend their early lives in ghastly institutions.”

― Henning Mankell

“A self-taught man usually has a poor teacher and a worse student.”

― Henny Youngman

“Excuse my scribbling, it is late, and I have a poor candle.”

― Henri Rousseau

“In plants, vitamin K is found principally in all kinds of green leaves; leaves which have grown in the dark and therefore have not formed chlorophyll are poor sources.”

― Henrik Dam

“A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.”

― Henry Ford

“Public schools are not simply being corporatized, they are also subjected increasingly to a militarizing logic that disciplines the bodies of young people, especially low income and poor minorities, and shapes their desires and identities in the service of military values and social relations.”

― Henry Giroux

“The discipline, particularly in these urban schools for the poor, it’s not controlled by the administration – they’re controlled by the police. This is an expression of a racist logic that has now seeped directly into schools.”

― Henry Giroux

“Everybody needs history but the people who need it most are poor folks – people without resources or options.”

― Henry Hampton

“Luxury may possibly contribute to give bread to the poor; but if there were no luxury, there would be no poor.”

― Henry Home

“I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.”

― Henry IV

“Who says Australia offers not a home for every poor Englishman, or any other countryman that finds his way to our shores? And what sort of thanks do we get for it?”

― Henry Lawson

“Politicians will not put forth programs aimed at the problems of poor blacks while their turnout remains so low.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“We have two American flags always: one for the rich and one for the poor. When the rich fly it means that things are under control; when the poor fly it means danger, revolution, anarchy.”

― Henry Miller

“I grew up in a rural area, I was from kind of a poor family and my parents weren’t showbiz people. But going back was strange, and perhaps stranger for the other students.”

― Henry Thomas

“The poor monkey, quietly seated on the ground, seemed to be in sore trouble at this display of anger.”

― Henry Walter Bates

“He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.”

― Henry Ward Beecher

“Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls.”

― Heraclitus

“The poor peasant here hives under conditions quite different from those of Russia. Though often terrible, they are not as appalling as they were there.”

― Herman Gorter

“And it is practically the same in the case of the four or five million poor peasants in France, and also for Switzerland, Belgium, Holland, and two of the Scandinavian countries. Everywhere small and medium sized industry prevails.”

― Herman Gorter

“As farmers or owners, the poor peasants possess a piece of land. The excellent means of transport enables them often to sell their goods. At the very worst they can mostly provide their own food.”

― Herman Gorter

“Because in Russia you were able to triumph with the help of a large class of poor peasants, you represent things in such a way, as if we in Western Europe are also going to have that help.”

― Herman Gorter

“To judge from all Communist papers, magazines and brochures, and from all public assemblies, one might even surmise that a revolt of the poor peasants in Western Europe might break out at any moment!”

― Herman Gorter

“Some dying men are the most tyrannical; and certainly, since they will shortly trouble us so little for evermore, the poor fellows ought to be indulged.”

― Herman Melville

“Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman; and the poor have a grudge against the poor, and the poet against the poet.”

― Hesiod

“False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.”

― Hesiod

“What are the 10 major legacies that European colonization have left behind? Issues of illiteracy. Issues of ill health. Issues of poor infrastructure. Issues of backward agricultural economies. And it goes on.”

― Hilary Beckles

“Wealthy women have rights in every country. And poor women don’t.”

― Hillary Clinton

“It is evident that it is the belief of Christian people in this country and in all other enlightened portions of the world that as a nation, we have passed through a severe ordeal – that severe judgments have been poured out upon us on account of the manner in which a poor, oppressed race was treated in this country.”

― Hiram Rhodes Revels

“The poor are the only consistent altruists; they sell all they have and give it to the rich.”

― Holbrook Jackson

“I don’t like being watched, and I don’t like being told what to do, so acting is a very poor professional choice.”

― Hong Chau

“A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.”

― Honore de Balzac

“But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.”

― Honore de Balzac

“Pale death, with impartial step, knocks at the hut of the poor and the towers of kings.”

― Horace

“Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings.”

― Horace

“We were totally unprepared for such a large quantity of visitors, and in view of the preservation of the antiquities they being very crowded and in poor preservation, we were obliged to refuse admission until some preparation was made to safeguard the objects.”

― Howard Carter

“For my own poor part, I go to great lengths to keep my nostrils sightly.”

― Howard Jacobson

“Somebody has been cashing checks, and they’ve been bouncing back on us. And these people, the poor class of Negroes and the poor class of white people, they’re getting tired of it.”

― Howlin’ Wolf

“I’ve always stood on one fact – that all over the world, there are only two things, the Establishment and the poor people. The poor people are a massive majority and across the world they are exploited in different kinds of ways. The Establishment depends on exploiting raw materials and the poor.”

― Hugh Masekela

“An infernal machine that produces every minute an impressive amount of poor, 26 million poor in 10 years are 2.6 million per year of new poor, this is the road, well, the road to hell.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I was a farm kid from the plains of South Venezuela, from a very poor family. I grew up in a palm tree house with an earthen floor.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Venezuela is supporting tens of thousands of poor families in the United States with heating oil.”

― Hugo Chavez

“I was born in the poor countryside. I was raised in the countryside, planting corn and selling sweets made by my grandmother.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Most actors are not rich – they are very poor indeed. What keeps them going is that they just love the job.”

― Ian Mckellen

“The only violence was when these so-called ‘freedom fighters’ terrorized the poor Africans in the villages… They were told what to do and who to support.”

― Ian Smith

“Poor air quality, which can be influenced by a variety of fumes, chemicals and allergens, is arguably the leading cause of triggers for most asthmatics in urban areas.”

― Ian Smith

“I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my poor little brain.”

― Ian Somerhalder

“Miami’s not anybody’s poor cousin. It’s an aspiration to live in this town, not something you have to do to promote yourself like some of the larger cities.”

― Iggy Pop

“You are a dear soul who plays polo, and I am a poor Pole who plays solo.”

― Ignacy Jan Paderewski

“Filipinos want beauty. I have to look beautiful so that the poor Filipinos will have a star to look at from their slums.”

― Imelda Marcos

“It’s more important to try to do something for the crores of poor people of my country.”

― Imran Khan

“A tour to India is different from other tours. The expectations to win are very high from our own people, and defeats and poor performances are not forgotten easily.”

― Inzamam-ul-Haq

“I have had a fulfilling career for Pakistan, although our poor performance in the 2007 World Cup would remain the lowest point of my career.”

― Inzamam-ul-Haq

“Rich countries have been sending aid to poor countries for the last 60 years. And, by and large, this has failed.”

― Iqbal Quadir

“Poor countries are poor because they are wasting their resources.”

― Iqbal Quadir

“No house was so poor as not to have its ‘family altar,’ its shelf of wooden gods, and table of offerings. A religious atmosphere pervades Tibet and gives it a singular sense of novelty.”

― Isabella Bird

“Poverty brings one blessing in Turkey – the poor man is of necessity a monogamist.”

― Isabella Bird

“When you shoot an independent movie you have a very limited amount of time, and you don’t want to be that actor, when a poor director is trying to get through a movie, that you’re asking at every second to discuss performance.”

― Isla Fisher

“My views on everything from welfare to a balanced budget to affirmative action can be traced to what Buddy and Helen Watts taught me as a young boy growing up poor but proud in Eufaula.”

― J. C. Watts

“Liberals have to get more comfortable with dealing with the poor as they actually are. I admire their refusal to look down on the least among us, but at some level, that can become an excuse to never really look at the problem at all.”

― J. D. Vance

“I never thought, when I was a kid, that there was a sense of competition or animosity towards poor blacks. I just thought there was a recognition that they lived differently – they primarily lived on the other side of town. And we’re both poor, but that’s kind of it. There wasn’t much explicit statement of kinship or of the lack of kinship.”

― J. D. Vance

“One of the most interesting social trends of the past 20 years is the rise of residential segregation. So rich are living with rich and poor are living with poor.”

― J. D. Vance

“Television preachers extract money from the poor to live in a style and to indulge in shameful acts which equal or outdo the worst of the Renaissance Popes.”

― J. Irwin Miller

“The poor are discussed as this homogeneous mash, like porridge. The idea that they might be individuals, and be where they are for very different, diverse reasons, again seems to escape some people.”

― J. K. Rowling

“I never met a poor person who wanted to soak the rich; they want to get rich.”

― Jack Kemp

“There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large.”

― Jack Kemp

“We don’t need to bring down the rich folk to help the poor.”

― Jack Kemp

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well.”

― Jack London

“When I was a child, I was very poor and wanted everything. So when I got money, I began buying things.”

― Jackie Chan

“A poor worker is taxed heavily to receive his own money back with a modest supplement. Surely it would be more efficient just to pay the supplement and take him out of direct tax altogether.”

― Jacob Rees-Mogg

“When we deny the poor and the vulnerable their own human dignity and capacity for freedom and choice, it becomes self-denial. It becomes a denial of both our collective and individual dignity, at all levels of society.”

― Jacqueline Novogratz

“Companies like Husk Power Systems are working to impact positively not only the environment, but to ensure that someday everyone, including the poorest of the poor in rural India, will have access to clean and affordable electricity.”

― Jacqueline Novogratz

“Standing with the poor means walking away from unethical leaders, even when their companies are ‘succeeding.’”

― Jacqueline Novogratz

“This idea of, oh, poor little black person, oh, poor little poor person, oh, poor little woman, oh, poor little indigenous person – everybody’s a poor little something! I don’t try and please everybody.”

― Jair Bolsonaro

“I am a poor hater.”

― James A. Garfield

“Poor speakers create an artificial divide between themselves and the audience. They feel they need to do this in order to establish their own credibility.”

― James Altucher

“We are incredibly poor predictors of our future.”

― James Altucher

“The endurance of the inequalities of life by the poor is the marvel of human society.”

― James Anthony Froude

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”

― James Baldwin

“I myself scraped seven poor passes at O-level.”

― James Dyson

“Unfortunately, some of our poor choices are irreversible, but many are not. Often, we can change course and get back on the right track.”

― James E. Faust

“My father was a Presbyterian minister, working among the poor in West Virginia. He had taken what amounted to a vow of poverty when he accepted that call and so we never had much money.”

― James Green Somerville

“What makes tar sands particularly odious is that the energy you get out in the end, per unit carbon dioxide, is poor. It’s equivalent to burning coal in your automobile.”

― James Hansen

“There are pastors who won’t go to people’s sick beds. How can people of God turn their back on the sick, poor and hungry?”

― James Harvey Robinson

“The wealth of the country, its capital, its credit, must be saved from the predatory poor as well as the predatory rich, but above all from the predatory politician.”

― James J. Hill

“I believe we ought to subsidize some health care for the poor, but Medicare subsidizes everyone’s health care.”

― James Q. Wilson

“Compromise makes a good umbrella, but a poor roof; it is temporary expedient, often wise in party politics, almost sure to be unwise in statesmanship.”

― James Russell Lowell

“Medicaid is a vital safety net for New York’s poor and vulnerable, young and old alike.”

― James T. Walsh

“There’s nothing worse in television than what I call ‘poor man’s Jerry Bruckheimer.’”

― James Watkins

“What a turnaround in sentiment ‘Glee’ exemplifies. It was only a few years ago that pursuing the dream of a Broadway career or cabaret stardom relegated some poor yearning dope to a lavender ghetto of losers, self-deluders, and social rejects.”

― James Wolcott

“The poor people of the world tend to be the places that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups can recruit.”

― James Wolfensohn

“Americans should understand that 50%, or something like, of the kids in inner-city schools, often poor and often minority, don’t graduate. And the ones that do don’t necessarily have the skills to get a job. That is the biggest disgrace in this country.”

― Jamie Dimon

“Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor. Which is one very strong argument in favor of matrimony.”

― Jane Austen

“In modern novels, there is no one I want to copy. My style ‘is a poor thing, but it is my own.’”

― Jane Gardam

“When I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder the year I turned 50, it was certainly a shock. But as a journalist, knowing a little bit about a lot of things, I didn’t suffer the misconception that depression was all in my head or a mark of poor character. I knew it was a disease, and, like all diseases, was treatable.”

― Jane Pauley

“In Paris, where I live, the inner neighborhoods are only available to the white elite. The poor and dispossessed are shuffled out to suburbs and never seen.”

― Janine di Giovanni

“The federal government has an exceptionally poor record of behaving responsibly with Americans’ personal information when entrusted with it.”

― Jared Polis

“I was very poor when I was young.”

― Jason Day

“It’s very easy to make poor choices and have bad swings every now and then.”

― Jason Day

“The fact that rich people get free stuff and poor people have to pay, it’s backwards.”

― JaVale McGee

“The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

― Jawaharlal Nehru

“One of the things I found is that no matter where in the country – poor communities, rich communities – everybody deals with very similar issues of bullying. It’s pretty widespread.”

― Jay Asher

“Growing up, I wouldn’t say I was poor. But my parents, although we lived in a nice, middle-class home, they had their struggles.”

― Jay IDK

“Our nation is built on a proud history of providing refuge for the poor, persecuted, and disenfranchised.”

― Jay Inslee

“Jesus discouraged the accumulation of wealth, worried about its effects on those who had it, and took special pleasure in helping the poor, dedicating his efforts to them. He must have shaken his head at the large gaps between rich and poor throughout ancient Palestine in the first century.”

― Jay Parini

“As kids we didn’t complain about being poor; we talked about how rich we were going to be and made moves to get the lifestyle we aspired to by any means we could. And as soon as we had a little money, we were eager to show it.”

― Jay-Z

“When the TV version of Annie came on, I was drawn to it. It was the struggle of this poor kid in this environment and how her life changed. It immediately resonated.”

― Jay-Z

“What fun it would be to be poor, as long as one was excessively poor! Anything in excess is most exhilarating.”

― Jean Anouilh

“God has always been hard on the poor.”

― Jean-Paul Marat

“When rich people fight wars with one another, poor people are the ones to die.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

“When the rich wage war, it’s the poor who die.”

― Jean-Paul Sartre

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

― Jean-Paul Sartre

“I do a very poor man’s pedal steel on the Stratocaster.”

― Jeff Beck

“I’m a chairperson for ‘No Kid Hungry’, a campaign for poor American children.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Some states like Nebraska have thus far responsibly managed their budgets, even in tough times, and I could not ask Nebraskans to pay for poor governance elsewhere.”

― Jeff Fortenberry

“Comedians second-guessing themselves is scary. Poor taste is not a crime and we can’t forget that.”

― Jeff Ross

“The rich do not want people who come from poor families to rise to the highest position in the country.”

― Jejomar Binay

“No man is poor who does not think himself so. But if in a full fortune with impatience he desires more, he proclaims his wants and his beggarly condition.”

― Jeremy Taylor

“I’ve been poor most of my life.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“I came from a poor family in Coney Island. I learned to write by reading the ‘Post.’ This was my education.”

― Jerry Della Femina

“Jesus taught that we should give to the poor and support widows, but he never said that we should elect a government that would take money from our neighbor’s hand and give it to the poor.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“If we all did as Jesus did when he helped the poor, we wouldn’t need the government.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“Poor Georgia O’Keeffe. Death didn’t soften the opinions of the art world toward her paintings.”

― Jerry Saltz

“I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor and the black and the rural people of the South.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“My people are still poor. They’re still working class. All of the characters that I write about are inspired by the community that I’m from.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“The great responsibility that we have today is to put the poor and the near poor back on front of the American agenda.”

― Jesse Jackson

“When I was growing up in Alabama in the ’50s, even though we were poor and the laws were against blacks, we still had a sense of morality.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“I grew up poor.”

― Jessica Chastain

“If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.”

― Jesus Christ

“I was raised really poor and so was my husband.”

― Jewel

“You can be predisposed genetically, but it’s not a sentence. I’m genetically predisposed, but I manage my weight. The root of obesity, though, is usually emotional. The poor habits are a symptom of a deeper emotional issue.”

― Jillian Michaels

“To pay out millions upon millions of dollars in bonuses for incomplete work, poor performance, and unacceptable products is the height of government waste and mismanagement.”

― Jim Gibbons

“We are prophetic interrogators. Why are so many people hungry? Why are so many people and families in our shelters? Why do we have one of six of our children poor, and one of three of these are children of color? ‘Why?’ is the prophetic question.”

― Jim Wallis

“You can’t be evangelical and associate yourself with Jesus and what he says about the poor and just have no other domestic concerns than tax cuts for wealthy people.”

― Jim Wallis

“I met the president when he was president-elect at a meeting in Austin. He spoke of his faith. He spoke of his desire for a compassionate conservatism, for a faith-based initiative that would do something for poor people.”

― Jim Wallis

“A poor person in my community doesn’t see a person driving a Tesla and say, ‘That benefits me.’”

― Jimmy Gomez

“I’m not knocking the poor homosexual, I’m not. They need salvation just like anybody else.”

― Jimmy Swaggart

“Being Christian towards poor people means trying to improve their lives and give them back some self-respect.”

― Jo Brand

“One thing lots of Christians do have in common is that they can’t help coming across as smug. This winds lots of people up, particularly because famous Christians pronounce on the life of the poor from their very lovely affluent homes filled with their very lovely families and attractive pets.”

― Jo Brand

“My mother had very poor hearing for many years, until she went basically into – I guess I would call it a psychotic break. She was OK one day, and the next day she was completely cuckoo, violent, paranoid.”

― Joan Allen

“Physical hunger and physical poverty is something I could only imagine. I’ve been poor when I was in China… As kids we never had to starve, but just didn’t have enough meat, enough rice.”

― Joan Chen

“I made so many jokes about poor Russell Crowe, he once knocked on my dressing room door, and told me he wanted to go out on this chat show we were on to laugh with me. Now he’s ruined it. I can’t make another joke about him.”

― Joan Rivers

“No one is so rich and powerful that they cannot be punished, and no one is so poor that they cannot be protected.”

― Joao Lourenco

“My family were really poor.”

― Joe Gilgun

“The feeling of being accepted and acknowledgement and recognition and fame – I’m vain like everybody else. The feeling of achievement that I’ve helped the poor or somebody in need far outweighs the money.”

― Joe Jamail

“I come from a poor family.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“The north of Sweden is very socialist and poor. They feel left out and despise Stockholm in many ways because Stockholm has become new liberals and much more Americanized.”

― Joel Kinnaman

“No one can say how long the process of human extinction might take, but as it proceeds, the same global order will prevail that always prevails: rich nations will find ways to protect themselves and make themselves comfortable, while the poor nations and the poor people of the planet will suffer.”

― Joel Sternfeld

“Consider then, O man! whether there can be anything more wretched and poor, more naked and miserable, than man when he dies, if he be not clothed with Christ’s righteousness, and enriched in his God.”

― Johann Arndt

“I, poor creature, worn out with scribbling for my bread and my liberty, low in spirits and weak in health, must leave others to wear the laurels which I have sown, others to eat the bread which I have earned. A common case.”

― John Adams

“Ours is not a poor country and even though we are now a poor people, there should be no room for the despondency that has settled on large sections of the population.”

― John Agyekum Kufuor

“I. cannot stoop to reply to the folly and the slander of every poor Tory partisan who assails me, and I should not have noticed you but for the fact that you are a member of the House of Commons.”

― John Bright

“He who bestows his goods upon the poor shall have as much again, and ten times more.”

― John Bunyan

“In 1970 I realized that there was negligible risk from x-rays but many radiographs had poor image quality so that the risk from a false negative was significant.”

― John Cameron

“New York is for everybody; it’s for the poor, it’s for the middle-class, it’s for the wealthy. We can’t punish any one group and chase them away.”

― John Catsimatidis

“I grew up on 135th Street. I grew up on the poor side of New York. I grew up in Harlem.”

― John Catsimatidis

“Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.”

― John Chrysostom

“I guess none of us like to look back in our lives to a time when we made poor judgments and foolish mistakes.”

― John Clayton

“I have several times made a poor choice by avoiding a necessary confrontation.”

― John Cleese

“Washington is paralyzed by extreme political rhetoric that creates powerful sound bites but poor policy.”

― John Delaney

“And plenty makes us poor.”

― John Dryden

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”

― John F. Kennedy

“People in Medicaid ought to have access to the same insurance as the rest of the population. If they are segregated, it will be a poor plan for poor people.”

― John Goodman

“Poor Ron Paul. He means well. He really does. But there’s something about him. I don’t know what it is. From falling victim to Sacha Baron Cohen’s Bruno to that old-man shuffle, he just seems like kind of a… like kind of a sissy.”

― John Gourley

“More negatives write than call. It’s a cheap shot for me to go on the air with the critical letters or E-mail I get because the reaction of the listeners is always an instantaneous expression of sympathy for me and contempt for the poor critic.”

― John Hall

“Money isn’t everything, but the gaps between rich districts and poor districts ultimately mean a workforce that won’t be as competitive as it could be, and individual Coloradans won’t be as successful as they could be.”

― John Hickenlooper

“Democratic socialism is not only a poor electoral strategy – it’s a disastrous governing model.”

― John Hickenlooper

“Before the arrival of the Credit Union, people who were from the poor background or a working class background couldn’t borrow from banks.”

― John Hume

“I have a very poor record at multiple choice questions.”

― John Irving

“We can safely abandon the doctrine of the eighties, namely that the rich were not working because they had too little money, the poor because they had much.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.”

― John Kenneth Galbraith

“I grew up very poor in rural Alabama.”

― John Lewis

“People don’t like other poor people, and rather than blame the people that make you all poor, you blame each other.”

― John Lydon

“I love the description of Gothic churches before the printed word, that they were the bibles of the poor.”

― John McGahern

“Christ preferred the poor; ever since I have been converted so have I.”

― John Nelson Darby

“I grew up in a council house in a poor Scottish town. I came of age during the recession of the mid-1980s when unemployment in my area reached 40 per cent.”

― John Niven

“It has always been more expensive for the poor to borrow money. We see this in everything from mortgage rates to credit cards.”

― John Niven

“In high school, I was a poor student.”

― John Prine

“No matter what position you’re in, if you are receiving poor feedback from clients, co-workers, or in performance evaluations, then that’s one of the clearest signs that you’re not cut out for the job, or it’s not right for you.”

― John Rampton

“My main argument against staying in the E.U. has been the poor economic record of the E.U. as a whole and the eurozone in particular. The performance has got worse the more the E.U. has developed joint policies and central controls.”

― John Redwood

“My family was quite poor, and the NHS was recruiting people from abroad to do psychiatric nursing. It was the only hope I had to leave Hong Kong.”

― John Rocha

“But I still do believe that there are useful things to say about Elvis Presley, including what his own ordinariness as a poor Southerner says about 20th-century hero-making.”

― John Shelton Reed

“If you care to define the South as a poor, rural region with lousy race relations, that South survives only in geographical shreds and patches and most Southerners don’t live there any more.”

― John Shelton Reed

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.”

― John Steinbeck

“It is very clear that the present system of innovation for medicines is very inefficient and really somewhat corrupt. It benefits shareholders over patients; it produces for the rich markets and not for the poor and does not produce for minority diseases.”

― John Sulston

“I think Morse’s thing about being a poor policeman but a good detective is a very good description of him.”

― John Thaw

“Substantive and procedural law benefits and protects landlords over tenants, creditors over debtors, lenders over borrowers, and the poor are seldom among the favored parties.”

― John Turner

“Ability is a poor man’s wealth.”

― John Wooden

“Being raised in Idaho, you think everyone is poor. Then you see the wider world.”

― Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“Growing up, I was poor. In college, I was poor. I never had anything.”

― Jon Jones

“I grew up in Northern Ireland, in the middle of nowhere, and when you are poor, you are really poor. And when you are rich, you are very rich. This is not a new phenomenon.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“As it is, the grotesque distortions of the global market mean that for every dollar the West dispatches to Africa in the form of aid, two dollars are clawed back through subsidies and tariff barriers: a monumental rip-off by the rich as they instruct the poor to accept ‘free’ trade or else.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“I’m a poor person who has money.”

― Jonathan Franzen

“You need massive recruitment to tell the poorest of the poor what is possible.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“When the civil rights battle was won, all the Jews and hippies and artists were middle class white people and all the blacks were still poor. Materially, not much changed.”

― Jonathan Lethem

“The Hebrew Bible contains multiple provisions to ensure that no one would go hungry. The corners of the field, forgotten sheaves of grain, gleanings that drop from the hands of the gleaner, and small clusters of grapes left on the vine were to be given to the poor.”

― Jonathan Sacks

“Poor nations are hungry, and rich nations are proud; and pride and hunger will ever be at variance.”

― Jonathan Swift

“The literature associating inequality with social instability and poor health outcomes is pretty convincing.”

― Jordan Peterson

“Early on, when I was playing the one-day stuff a few years ago and had a really poor start to my career, it was actually when I stopped worrying about getting dropped and about all the things that might go wrong that I started playing better.”

― Jos Buttler

“Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle and always want more and more.”

― Jose Mujica

“I have the goal of getting together 30 or 40 poor kids and bringing them to live with me.”

― Jose Mujica

“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor.”

― Jose Mujica

“A sure indicator of true religion is a concern for the poor of the earth.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, scope is restricted, movements are labored, and results are humdrum.”

― Joseph de Maistre

“I have lost everything, and I am so poor now that I really cannot afford to let anything worry me.”

― Joseph Jefferson

“Mankind is divided into rich and poor, into property owners and exploited; and to abstract oneself from this fundamental division; and from the antagonism between poor and rich means abstracting oneself from fundamental facts.”

― Joseph Stalin

“Remember the poor, it costs nothing.”

― Josh Billings

“About the only difference between the poor and the rich, is this, the poor suffer misery, while the rich have to enjoy it.”

― Josh Billings

“It’s really hard to be poor in New York – I was really poor when I lived in New York.”

― Josh Radnor

“It is but a poor eloquence which only shows that the orator can talk.”

― Joshua Reynolds

“Not only does the proportion of the poor increase with the growth of the city, but their condition becomes more wretched.”

― Josiah Strong

“The rich are richer, and the poor are poorer, in the city than elsewhere; and, as a rule, the greater are the riches of the rich and the poverty of the poor.”

― Josiah Strong

“The circulating medium being issued only by those who labor, they would suddenly become invested with all the wealth and all the power; and those who did not labor, be they ever so rich now, would as suddenly become poor and powerless.”

― Josiah Warren

“If a novel were written about Florida’s administration of its healthcare for the working poor, an appropriate title might be: ‘Don’t get sick, and God help you if you do.’”

― Joy Reid

“But the fact that we had to devalue by 40% at once means that Malawians are feeling the shock, the impact of that huge devaluation and particularly rural people, the poor are the ones that are going to be most affected. That is why there is the austerity plan.”

― Joyce Banda

“’The Accursed’ is very much a novel about social injustice as the consequence of the terrible, tragic division of classes – the exploitation not only of poor and immigrant workers but of their young children in factories and mills – and as the consequence of race hatred in the aftermath of the Civil War and the freeing of the slaves.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“People who are disenfranchised politically and people who are poor often don’t vote. They often don’t elect politicians, so the politicians who are supporting them are really being very charitable, because they’re not going to give them billions of dollars in campaign funds.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“While Planned Parenthood provides abortions at some of their clinics, it also provides healthcare services for poor women, including checkups, mammograms, cervical cancer screenings and contraceptives.”

― Juan Williams

“I have departed from this planet and I have left behind my poor earthly ones with their occupations which are as many as they are useless; at last I am living in the scintillating splendor of the stars, each of which used to seem to me as large as millions of suns.”

― Jules Massenet

“He who knows how to be poor knows everything.”

― Jules Michelet

“Imagine a society in which there were neither rich nor poor. What evils, afflictions, sorrows, disorders, catastrophes, disasters, tribulations, misfortunes, agonies, calamities, despair, desolation and ruin would be unknown to man!”

― Jules Verne

“The money I pay for my cultural experiences came willingly from my own pocket – they were not the result of bread being removed from the mouths of the poor so that Miss Thing here could mince off to the circus smelling of roses.”

― Julie Burchill

“My father was a trigamist; he supported three families. We were never not poor.”

― Junot Diaz

“He will bring us all, rich and poor, white and black, to his judgment seat.”

― Jupiter Hammon

“Historically, software for business was seen as unsexy because the products were seen as so poor – they provided such a poor user experience.”

― Justin Rosenstein

“A good project but a poor director will always make a mediocre film, but an average script and good director can make a good film, as he will put in everything to make the film look good.”

― Kajol

“If it doesn’t reach the last poor man, your constitution is wrong.”

― Kamal Haasan

“The bottom line on the Hyde Amendment is that it is directly, in effect, targeting poor women and women who don’t have money.”

― Kamala Harris

“The genesis of Public Interest Litigation in listening to the voice of the voiceless and giving access to the poor, the marginalised, and the weak is a unique experiment to be lauded.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Yes, the state must intervene to prevent the exploitation of poor Indian women who are enticed or coerced into surrogacy, as well as to protect the rights of surrogate children. However, it should also be empathetic to individuals with alternative lifestyles who are well within their legal and human rights to demand access to surrogacy services.”

― Kapil Sibal

“Modi may be rich in politics but is poor at heart.”

― Kapil Sibal

“A great artist is never poor.”

― Karen Blixen

“The rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs.”

― Karl Marx

“It is a poor cause which has to be lied for regularly.”

― Katharine Elizabeth Fullerton Gerould

“Warwick Castle, built of the very centuries, cannot be expected to alter with time’s ‘brief hours and weeks’ – at least, with so few of them as fall to one poor mortal’s lot. From visit to visit, I find it as unchanged as the multiplication table.”

― Katharine Lee Bates

“People talk about places like Mumbai as a tale of two cities, as if the rich and poor don’t have anything to do with each other.”

― Katherine Boo

“We often have an exaggerated sense of what nonprofits and governments are doing to help the poor, but the really inspiring thing is how much the poor are doing to help themselves.”

― Katherine Boo

“In Canada, we just have rich and poor, but we don’t constantly remind poor people about it.”

― Katherine Ryan

“There is a lot of kissing in ‘Boeing-Boeing.’ A lot! And not pecks on the cheek or lips – although there’s some of that, too – but full-on, farcical lip locks. My poor husband. He definitely wasn’t prepared for as much smooching as there is.”

― Kathryn Hahn

“Instead of raising the minimum wage, let’s lower taxes for the working poor.”

― Kathy Szeliga

“I was crazy poor, but I was learning and putting myself out there and getting hired to do whatever gig I could and auditioning.”

― Kay Cannon

“My message to David Cameron, as the head of our government, is to seriously think again about this Robin Hood tax, the tax to help the poor by taking a little bit from the rich.”

― Keith O’Brien

“You know, when you’re poor and you have a bunch of kids in your family, you don’t know that everybody’s not poor.”

― Kenny Rogers

“When someone is in ‘the struggle,’ which many of our black communities are in, they are living with a lack of educational facilities, high unemployment, and poor recreational facilities.”

― Kenny Smith

“My mom was born poor, raised poor, and was going to die poor.”

― Kenny Troutt

“Ebola has changed everything in West Africa. We cannot sit back and say, ‘Oh, those poor people.’ We must think outside the box and find ways to help.”

― Kent Brantly

“I was determined to become a criminal lawyer and help look after the poor.”

― Kerry Greenwood

“My mum was quite poor, and my dad was rich. She didn’t dig that, so she left him.”

― Kevin Parker

“Here are the facts: my folks grew up so poor that, in the words of Redd Foxx, there were twenty o’s between the p and r.”

― Kevin Young

“These poor kids in Baghdad have no running water, no showers. They wipe with baby wipes. My heart goes out to them.”

― Kid Rock

“It is impossible to make it a crime to take your eyes off your children without also making it a crime to be poor.”

― Kim Brooks

“If you see oppression of the poor, and justice and righteousness trampled in a country, do not be astounded.”

― King Solomon

“I shaved a quarter of my hair one time, and my poor nana was crying when I FaceTimed her, but I was like, ‘It’s just hair! It’s fun.’”

― Kirstin Maldonado

“Human dignity is independent of national borders. We must always defend the interests of the poor and the persecuted in other countries.”

― Kjell Magne Bondevik

“I was very poor and I was a waitress, and it’s hard to be a poor waitress in New York.”

― Kristin Davis

“I was taught that the human brain was the crowning glory of evolution so far, but I think it’s a very poor scheme for survival.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“I really wonder what gives us the right to wreck this poor planet of ours.”

― Kurt Vonnegut

“Nobody is poor unless he stand in need of justice.”

― Lactantius

“During my adolescence, our family dwelt in rural Alaska. We were dirt poor, Depression-era poor. Tarpaper shack and kerosene lamps. In those days I read because that’s all I had. I wrote because that’s all I had.”

― Laird Barron

“Today in India there are all sections of people, as the BJP realized when the poor voted them out.”

― Lalu Prasad Yadav

“It’s such a Bore Being always Poor.”

― Langston Hughes

“It’s hard being black. You ever been black? I was black once – when I was poor.”

― Larry Holmes

“I never forgot being poor, and I never stopped thinking how fortunate I am.”

― Larry King

“Pa did not like a country so old and worn out that the hunting was poor. He wanted to go west. For two years he had wanted to go west and take a homestead, but Ma did not want to leave the settled country.”

― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“I founded Samasource because I was frustrated by traditional approaches to poverty alleviation. Even those approaches focused on jobs often equip poor people with skills for which there is little market demand.”

― Leila Janah

“I work with poor kids. I work in the fight against HIV.”

― Leila Lopes

“And my real enemy is not to hold the specimen sterile, but it’s the lighting. The light is our real enemy. So we have to work with very very poor lighting. But we can increase the light with computers.”

― Lennart Nilsson

“Let a man find himself, in distinction from others, on top of two wheels with a chain – at least in a poor country like Russia – and his vanity begins to swell out like his tires. In America it takes an automobile to produce this effect.”

― Leon Trotsky

“Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.”

― Leonardo da Vinci

“My poor cooking is legendary among my friends.”

― Lesley Nicol

“Few, save the poor, feel for the poor.”

― Letitia Elizabeth Landon

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.”

― Lewis Carroll

“If someone is poor in India, they should be able to watch the same films as rich people.”

― Lexi Alexander

“At the Sex Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, they were a phenomenal help, too. We went out there for a few days, and they gave us access to materials. And the biographies, there are four or five, ranging from very poor to excellent.”

― Liam Neeson

“Growing up low income and poor, I didn’t have the best relationship with money.”

― Lil B

“My perspective of capitalism growing up in Berkeley, Calif. in a low-income project, growing up poor, is that capitalism wanted to destroy me, they wanted me to become a worker.”

― Lil B

“You lose your manners when you are poor.”

― Lillian Hellman

“Times were very hard if you were a poor, politically correct Jewish girl living in the east end of London during the Blitz and you were trying to eke out a living as a hairdresser.”

― Linda Grant

“I’ve never had to do anything I didn’t believe in. Sometimes that meant being poor and waitressing a while longer, but I’ve always stuck with it.”

― Linda Kozlowski

“My poor sister was forced to be in the plays that I would write. We would go to my grandma’s retirement building and perform ‘Phantom of the Opera.’”

― Lindy Booth

“A pre-nup is an insurance policy or, in brokerage terms, a short hedge – meant to mitigate a high-risk investment. It safeguards the love-struck from their own poor judgment of character.”

― Lionel Shriver

“We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.”

― Lionel Trilling

“I don’t think I can tell any stories about how I lived in a van in Alaska. I grew up in the suburbs, I even had my own room. We weren’t poor. Everything was very normal.”

― Lisa Loeb

“I don’t buy into this, ‘Oh, poor us. We’ve got tough budget problems.’”

― Lisa Murkowski

“No other health disparity is so stark; virtually every woman who dies giving birth lives in a poor country.”

― Liya Kebede

“I got songs about being broke, being on welfare, being poor, Section 8.”

― Logic

“What is the price of justice? What is the price of justice? When bail is set unreasonably high, people are behind bars only because they are poor. Not because they’re a danger or a flight risk – only because they are poor. They don’t have money to get out of jail and they certainly don’t have money to flee anywhere.”

― Loretta Lynch

“Back then, we didn’t know we were poor, and people were more proud then.”

― Loretta Lynn

“I know what it’s like to be pregnant and nervous and poor.”

― Loretta Lynn

“No one is ever too old, too rich, too poor, to pray.”

― Loretta Young

“The first things I did was I was a writer, painter, and photographer, and we grew up very poor, so even though I could get into any college I wanted, there was no way to pay for it.”

― Lori Petty

“I was 10th of 11 kids in an alcoholic, abusive, poor family. We all want things that we can’t have. And I found comedy.”

― Louie Anderson

“Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.”

― Louis-Ferdinand Celine

“I expect my return to be 18 to 25 percent in 1988, while the Standard & Poor’s 500 should rise 8 to 12 percent and OTC stocks gain 15 percent as liquidity emerges.”

― Louis Navellier

“Many poor and low-income women cannot afford to purchase contraceptive services and supplies on their own.”

― Louise Slaughter

“It is not the man who has too little, but the man who craves more, that is poor.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich.”

― Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“Rich or poor, every child comes into the world with some imperative need of its own, which shapes its individuality.”

― Lucy Larcom

“The best imitation in the world is not half as good as a poor original.”

― Luise Rainer

“In Brazil, a poor man goes to jail when he steals. When a rich man steals, he becomes a minister.”

― Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

“Obama came in and gave $700 billion to the bankers off the top as opposed to giving $700 billion to the poor.”

― Lupe Fiasco

“People never knew we were poor, but out of that poverty came the most incredible inventions – board games, recipes… we never stopped inventing.”

― Lynn Johnston

“When people are poor, they find ways of making things taste like fish.”

― Ma Jian

“We continue to blame the poor for their own condition. They are lazy. We do not want to know that the poorest of the poor are toddlers under three years of age.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“Poor privileged white men. Their stranglehold on power is slowly being loosened.”

― Madeleine M. Kunin

“I was always an avid reader of books. My vocabulary, my English are all thanks to that reading habit. Reading keeps me grounded. I came from a very middle class family – poor, in fact.”

― Madhur Bhandarkar

“Poor is the man whose pleasures depend on the permission of another.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“We have no chance to comprehend what goes on there – it’s so dramatic, and people are so poor. We all felt bad about being there. Filming in India felt like we were going to borrow something knowing that we were never going to give it back.”

― Mads Mikkelsen

“I have a charity called the Chain Of Hope, where we target children from poor areas where heart surgery is not available, and we offer our services.”

― Magdi Yacoub

“In Asia, we live within our means. So when we are poor, we live as poor people. I think that is a lesson that Europe can learn from Asia.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“There’s no point in treating a currency like a commodity, devaluing it artificially and causing a lot of poverty among poor countries.”

― Mahathir Mohamad

“Like so many families, we were dealing with limited means. We weren’t poor at all, but we had some challenging times financially. When my stepdad got laid off… we were really trying to find our footing for a couple of years.”

― Mahershala Ali

“In the Dominican Republic, my mom and I lived in this little tiny town called Cabarete, which is very poor.”

― Maika Monroe

“Technology tools such as laptops are the kind of help that we need. A program that provides laptops for all youngsters would close a gap that most of us are not aware of, or will not admit to, which is a tremendous gap in the poor communities.”

― Major Owens

“Even when we think or talk about recycling, lots of recyclable stuff ends up getting incinerated or in landfills and leaving many municipalities, diversion rates – they leave much to be recycled. And where is this waste handled? Usually in poor communities.”

― Majora Carter

“Working-class and poor urban Americans are not benefiting economically from our current food system. It relies too much on transportation, chemical fertilization, big use of water, and also refrigeration.”

― Majora Carter

“In India, innocent and poor children are victims of child labor.”

― Malala Yousafzai

“We used to say poor people had lousy genes. Then we decided that wasn’t OK, but we transferred the prejudice to upbringing. We said, ‘You were neglected as a child, so you’ll never make it.’ That’s just as pernicious.”

― Malcolm Gladwell

“The crime bill basically incentivized the prison system. There were quotas, mandatory minimums. You have to serve 85 percent of your time, so it is guaranteeing that bodies will always be locked up. And that went mostly towards minority communities and poor communities, where crime is more rampant.”

― Malcolm Jenkins

“Russia’s a small country. It’s really poor. It has nothing other than oil and weapons sales.”

― Malcolm Nance

“We are not Marxist or capitalist; we are for the poor people.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“I have repeated ad nauseam my party’s issues, which range from improving the lot of the poor to women’s issues.”

― Mamata Banerjee

“The poor lifestyle I had been leading made my body susceptible to diseases. Had it not been cancer, some other malady would have struck me.”

― Manisha Koirala

“India happens to be a rich country inhabited by very poor people.”

― Manmohan Singh

“I come from a poor family.”

― Manny Pacquiao

“If you don’t improve the lives of the poor, it’s not charity.”

― Manoj Bhargava

“I think calling what Paul Ryan is doing a ‘budget’ is lending some validity to it. It is not a budget. If it were a budget, he could justify his revenue projections, he could justify his cuts, and he can’t. This is a scheme to rob the poor and give to the rich.”

― Marcia Fudge

“We need to have a discussion on race, but we also need to have a discussion on how we are treating poor and minority people in this country.”

― Marcia Fudge

“I was brought up on a council estate. I know what it’s like to be poor.”

― Marco Pierre White

“The way to turn our economy around is not by making rich people poorer, it’s by making poor people richer.”

― Marco Rubio

“For most of history, almost everyone was poor. Power and wealth belonged to only a few.”

― Marco Rubio

“A health system that lacks commodities for managing high-mortality infectious diseases and the main killers of mothers and young children will not have an adequate impact. By the same token, even the best-stocked delivery system will have an inadequate impact if it fails to reach the poor.”

― Margaret Chan

“Britain is famous for being great at inventing and poor at commercializing.”

― Margaret Heffernan

“When I was growing up, I despised Irishness. I felt our music, our television and our books were just poor imitations of what came out of Britain and America. I was all set to abandon it entirely.”

― Marian Keyes

“I’m a big fan of the trope of ‘the poor boy meets the wealthy girl.’ I like the idea of this boy from the other side of the tracks who doesn’t have a lot, but he’ll give that little bit that he has to you.”

― Marie Lu

“The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.”

― Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

“Know how and how much to tip people who expect gratuities, even in the case of poor service.”

― Marilyn vos Savant

“We’re going to reserve our efforts and our national solidarity for the most humble, the most modest, and the most poor among us.”

― Marine Le Pen

“Europe has to avoid old prejudices and new ones. That means north versus south, rich versus poor.”

― Mario Monti

“No matter how poor my eyes are I can still talk.”

― Marjory Stoneman Douglas

“Once again, the Republicans in the Senate have rejected an increase in the minimum wage. They support tax breaks for multi-millionaires, but they oppose helping the working poor to earn a decent income.”

― Mark Dayton

“As the editor-in-chief of the do-it-yourself magazine ‘Make,’ I’ve met scores of dedicated makers. They come from all walks of life – rich, poor, young, old, male, female, religious, atheist, liberal, conservative.”

― Mark Frauenfelder

“One word that seems to connect both leaders and employees is: ‘outcomes.’ Built into that word is the implicit and explicit understanding and agreement that effective actions lead to good outcomes; ineffective actions lead to poor outcomes.”

― Mark Goulston

“Parents with meager means have the same aspirations for their children as other parents. Children from poor families have the same needs as other children.”

― Mark Sanford

“In America there are none poor, and none even that can be called peasants. Each citizen has some property, and all citizens have the same rights as the richest individual, or landed proprietor, in the country.”

― Marquis de Lafayette

“Money is a poor man’s credit card.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“Money is just the poor man’s credit card.”

― Marshall McLuhan

“You can’t very well live in a castle while your kin is on the poor side of town and barely have enough food. Some want you to get to the top and rely on you making it for them, too.”

― Martha Reeves

“I was the second of six kids. I wouldn’t say we were poor; we had no money. That’s different.”

― Martha Stewart

“We are particularly poor at the open economy issues.”

― Martin Feldstein

“I don’t want to be poor, of course. But I try not to make that the guiding force behind whether I choose to do something or not.”

― Martin Freeman

“Just as the Japanese pioneered a new form of manufacturing – lean production and quite new standards of reliability – so Tata, too, is embracing new forms of manufacture in order to revolutionise the price to meet the consumer needs of a poor, developing country.”

― Martin Jacques

“Always beware your moment of triumphalism: such emotions are a poor steer on the future.”

― Martin Jacques

“The reason why China forecasting has such a poor track record is that Westerners constantly invoke the model and experience of the West to explain China, and it is a false prophet. Until we start trying to understand China on its own terms, rather than as a Western-style nation in the making, we will continue to get it wrong.”

― Martin Jacques

“Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.”

― Martin Luther King, Jr.

“A lot of Labour people are telling me Labour is in poor shape.”

― Martin McGuinness

“Austerity is devastating these communities. The working poor, public sector workers, the disabled, and the vulnerable are the hardest hit by this bankrupt and ideologically driven policy.”

― Martin McGuinness

“I love nice things – I consider Ralph Lauren sheets to be a necessity, not a luxury – but I’ve known what it’s like to be poor.”

― Martine McCutcheon

“I don’t want to remember 2005 as a year that the government heaped unnecessary burdens upon American families. Stealing from the poor and middle class and giving to the rich, while increasing the deficit, is hardly responsible.”

― Marty Meehan

“Poor but happy is not a phrase invented by a poor person.”

― Mason Cooley

“Have you ever been offered a job by a poor person? No one has.”

― Matt Bevin

“I was brought up poor, but I’ve earned every cent in my bank account.”

― Matt Hardy

“We definitely weren’t poor growing up, but we weren’t rich.”

― Matt Kemp

“A poor logo doesn’t mean a business will fail, and a good logo doesn’t mean it will succeed – it just helps. Ultimately a good logo is something that people recognize instantly and relate to.”

― Matt Mickiewicz

“If somebody comes out and has a poor game, it doesn’t mean they’re getting cut.”

― Matt Nagy

“Candidates don’t want to be associated with poor people, people who have jobs or are ugly; they want to be associated with a certain middle class demographic, so as a result they leave those others out completely.”

― Matt Taibbi

“The standard of ‘affordable’ housing is that which costs roughly 30 percent or less of a family’s income. Because of rising housing costs and stagnant wages, slightly more than half of all poor renting families in the country spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing costs, and at least one in four spends more than 70 percent.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Payday loans are but one of many financial techniques – from overdraft fees to student loans subsidizing for-profit colleges – specifically designed to pull money from the pockets of the poor. This problem generally goes unrecognized by policy makers.”

― Matthew Desmond

“The face of the eviction epidemic is moms and kids, especially poor moms from predominantly Latino and African American neighborhoods.”

― Matthew Desmond

“If incarceration had come to define the lives of men from impoverished black neighborhoods, eviction was shaping the lives of women. Poor black men were locked up. Poor black women were locked out.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Poor families are living above their means, in apartments they cannot afford. The thing is, those apartments are already at the bottom of the market.”

― Matthew Desmond

“In a way, no one’s harder on the poor than the poor themselves.”

― Matthew Desmond

“I came to the realization of how essential a role housing plays in the lives of the poor.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Many times when we are talking about displacement, we talk about it within the frame of gentrification, which focuses on transitioning neighborhoods. But man, every city I’ve looked at, Milwaukee included, most evictions are right there, smack dab in ungentrifying, poor, segregated communities.”

― Matthew Desmond

“If we continue to tolerate this level of poverty in our cities, and go along with eviction as commonplace in poor neighborhoods, it’s not for a lack of resources. It will be a lack of something else.”

― Matthew Desmond

“The high cost of housing is crushing poor families and sending them to a state of desperation.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Eviction riots erupted during the Depression, though the number of poor families who faced eviction each year was a fraction of what it is today.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Low interest rates wipe out savers and devastate middle-class workers. The banksters have orchestrated this wealth transference of trillions, from the poor to the very wealthy. At the expense of everybody who isn’t at the top.”

― Max Keiser

“I’m against having a Fed. It’s socialism in its worst form. But until the Fed is gotten rid of, the only economic variable the poor have to counteract the injustices of the Fed is the minimum wage law.”

― Max Keiser

“By tying minimum wage to money supply, the poor’s income would rise and fall with the rise and fall in money supply.”

― Max Keiser

“He who hesitates is poor.”

― Mel Brooks

“Donald intends to represent all the people, not just some of the people. That includes Christians and Jews and Muslims; it includes Hispanics and African Americans and Asians, and the poor and the middle-class. Throughout his career, Donald has successfully worked with people of many faiths and with many nations.”

― Melania Trump

“There is some brilliant pop music and some very poor classical music. And why shouldn’t comedy be treated as seriously as drama?”

― Melvyn Bragg

“My favorite animal on the Galapagos is the Galapagos Marine Iguana. The first rule of iguana-dom is that iguanas hate the water, yet somehow, these poor iguanas landed there and had to figure it out.”

― Michael Bastian

“You can’t define what’s middle class, what is wealthy, what is poor.”

― Michael Bloomberg

“This society cannot go forward, the way we have been going forward, where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps growing. It’s not politically viable; it’s not morally right; it’s just not going to happen.”

― Michael Bloomberg

“I come from the slums; I come from a hard background; I come from a poor family; and I was a soldier.”

― Michael Caine

“Class certainly loomed large in Katrina’s aftermath. Blacks of means escaped the tragedy; blacks without them suffered and died. In reality, it is how race and class interact that made the situation for the poor so horrible on the Gulf Coast. The rigid caste system that punishes poor blacks and other minorities also targets poor whites.”

― Michael Eric Dyson

“I used to do puppet shows as a kid – me and my brother would do them – and then any poor soul who came into the house had to sit and watch our puppet shows.”

― Michael Giacchino

“We have, in the E.U., a market rigged in favour of the rich and stacked against the poor, and I think that’s wrong.”

― Michael Gove

“I believe well-designed places and objects can actually improve healing, while poor design can inhibit it.”

― Michael Graves

“People who are much too sensitive to demand of cripples that they run races ask of the poor that they get up and act just like everyone else in the society.”

― Michael Harrington

“That the poor are invisible is one of the most important things about them. They are not simply neglected and forgotten as in the old rhetoric of reform; what is much worse, they are not seen.”

― Michael Harrington

“’Downton Abbey’ is just one cliche after another, and it is a really, really poor piece of drama. But that’s only me talking. That’s just my take on it.”

― Michael Hirst

“Nobody understood how to use television for his own purposes better than Nixon, despite his poor showing against John F. Kennedy in the televised presidential debate.”

― Michael Korda

“If the nose has become a deeply disillusioned and grief-stricken organ in the modern world, then what of the ear? The poor little ear – such an innocent, intelligent and sensitive creature; in these times of such flagrant sonic brutality, the sense within the ear has much to contend with.”

― Michael Leunig

“It turns out Cuba has this incredible healthcare system for a very poor country.”

― Michael Moore

“Not all of those who cry ‘The poor, the poor!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven.”

― Michael Novak

“For physical goods, there are costs associated with logistics and lead times, owing to inventories and poor forecasts of the market. With digital capital-intensive technology, however, production will inevitably move toward the final market, wherever it is. This re-localization constitutes a major shift in the structure of global supply networks.”

― Michael Spence

“Obama has made incredibly poor decisions that have made us less safe.”

― Michael T. Flynn

“I am part of a circuit called 24 Hours of LeMons, where it’s a sort of riff on 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a poor man’s weekend warrior racer event.”

― Michael Trucco

“The privileged Victorians who did most to improve the lives of the poor were not ashamed of their pious intent: they were superiors seeking to help inferiors.”

― Michel Faber

“I had been attempting novels since I was 14 but always ran out of steam. High hopes, poor craftsmanship.”

― Michel Faber

“I’ve heard, ‘Temer is very fragile, poor little thing; he doesn’t know how to govern.’ Gibberish!”

― Michel Temer

“People are swept into the criminal justice system – particularly in poor communities of color – at very early ages… typically for fairly minor, nonviolent crimes.”

― Michelle Alexander

“We are a nation founded as a rebuke to tyranny. A nation of revolutionaries who refused sovereign reign from afar. Hear me – we’re a nation that says give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. A nation built on our differences, guided by the belief that we’re all created equal.”

― Michelle Obama

“I’m never not going to be interested in young girls who are struggling in poor places.”

― Michelle Tea

“I want to be there for all those who are left behind in this world, whether it’s because they are born poor, born a woman, or born in an area affected by devastation.”

― Michelle Yeoh

“Do we want more of the same regulatory mission creep that has helped to harm America’s poor and middle class? Do we want more of the policies that have stifled growth? Or do we want something else, something different, something that focuses on the need to reevaluate the size, the scope, the cost, the reach of the federal government?”

― Mike Lee

“There’s a wider agenda that speaks to what the Democratic Party has historically stood for, which are economic rights for those who are struggling in the middle class, concern for the poor, for economic justice for those who are marginalized in our society.”

― Mike McCurry

“Reagan’s approach will achieve one of the basic goals of the conservative: Things remain basically the same. The rich stay rich and the poor stay poor, or even a little poorer.”

― Mike Royko

“Contrary to popular belief. It’s much wiser to take money from the poor than the rich.”

― Mike Royko

“Being broke is a temporary situation. Being poor is a state of mind.”

― Mike Todd

“I grew up incredibly poor and went to school and had a very average upbringing.”

― Mila Kunis

“Ambition is a poor excuse for not having sense enough to be lazy.”

― Milan Kundera

“’Salaam Bombay’ didn’t put a halo on the poor. Instead, it said that they will teach us how to live.”

― Mira Nair

“I grew up poor in San Pedro, California, sleeping on the floor of shady motels with my five siblings and not always sure when or where I’d get my next meal.”

― Misty Copeland

“While other state governments stiff their vendors, close parks, delay tax refunds, and ignore unacceptably poor service levels, Indiana state employees are setting national standards for efficiency.”

― Mitch McConnell

“I’m not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs a repair, I’ll fix it.”

― Mitt Romney

“Africa is rich, and why are we poor then if our continent is rich. It is not right.”

― Mo Ibrahim

“The gap between rich and poor is widening dramatically. There’s a hangar at the Cairo airport for private jets, billionaires are on the Forbes list, and Egypt’s annual per-capita income is two thousand dollars. How can you sustain that?”

― Mohamed ElBaradei

“High stakes, low stakes, poor or rich – people will find a way to gamble.”

― Molly Bloom

“The trouble with blaming powerless people is that although it’s not nearly as scary as blaming the powerful, it does miss the point. Poor people do not shut down factories… Poor people didn’t decide to use ‘contract employees’ because they cost less and don’t get any benefits.”

― Molly Ivins

“I grew up as an only child with a single mother. Because we were poor and because I knew my father had emigrated from Syria, I imagined he looked like Omar Sharif.”

― Mona Simpson

“Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.”

― Mother Teresa

“When I was growing up, my family was so poor we couldn’t afford to pay attention.”

― Mr. T

“We were poor, but we smiled.”

― Mr. T

“My mom always brought home a present once a week for all of us. We never felt like we ever needed anything. We never felt poor. So I never felt I had to go out and do something wrong to get money.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“If we want to make this great State of Pakistan happy and prosperous, we should wholly and solely concentrate on the well-being of the people, and especially of the masses and the poor.”

― Muhammad Ali Jinnah

“They explained to me that the bank cannot lend money to poor people because these people are not creditworthy.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something like lending money to poor people, given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“I went to the bank and proposed that they lend money to the poor people. The bankers almost fell over.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“The Grameen clinics prove that a medical system ‘for the poor’ can be almost entirely self-supporting, and we hope we can make it fully self sufficient so we can expand it across Bangladesh.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“If the basic structure of Grameen is changed, the worry is that the poor women who are the rightful owners of the bank will be disenfranchised.”

― Muhammad Yunus

“Any mechanism that will ensure benefits to consumer, any mechanism that will ensure that we do not waste food grains, any mechanism that helps the poorest of the poor is a welcome step.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“Although we have enough healthcare support, often it doesn’t reach the poor and needy. In this scenario, technology is the best solution.”

― N. R. Narayana Murthy

“Stephen Colbert used to be my friend. I even signed the poor baby’s cast when he hurt his hand.”

― Nancy Pelosi

“Africa is poor because its investors and its creditors are unspeakably rich.”

― Naomi Klein

“Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.”

― Napoleon Bonaparte

“Tourism provides employment to the poorest of the poor. Gram seller earns something, auto-rickshaw driver earns something, pakoda seller earns something, and tea seller also earns something.”

― Narendra Modi

“I come from a poor family, I have seen poverty. The poor need respect, and it begins with cleanliness.”

― Narendra Modi

“I grew up in the projects in Queens, and we were really poor.”

― Nargis Fakhri

“It was the ’70s when mediocrity came in Hindi films. That’s when the actor called Rajesh Khanna joined the industry. For all his success, I think Mr. Khanna was a very limited actor. In fact, he was a poor actor.”

― Naseeruddin Shah

“Wealth and vegetation go together, and that exacerbates environmental injustice. The poor bear the burden of degraded environments.”

― Natalie Jeremijenko

“I was poor. I struggled big time, living hand to mouth so I could be the kind of artist I want to be.”

― Natalie Prass

“The chasm between rich and poor is becoming larger, and I think it’s interesting terrain to talk about and expose.”

― Natasha Leggero

“Because I was poor I had one special advantage. When you are poor, and basic survival is your concern, you have no alternative but to be an entrepreneur. You must take action to survive just as you must take action to seize an opportunity.”

― Naveen Jain

“I get maximum satisfaction in seeing the happiness of poor people.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“Why do politicians and bureaucrats get salaries and perks from the pockets of the poor and do nothing for them? So I took action against the corrupt and the lazy.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“The Union government can do a lot more for poor states like Orissa.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“I am always with poor and will continue work for protecting their interests.”

― Naveen Patnaik

“No one wants to die, and no one wants to die poor. These are the two fundamental truths that transcend culture, they transcend politics, they transcend economic cycles.”

― Neil deGrasse Tyson

“I was from very poor people: 11 of us in a two-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn. I wanted the large houses, the cars, jets, and yacht.”

― Neil Sedaka

“I have a real dog-like mentality, in that it’s like, ‘Where is my next meal coming from? Am I ever gonna eat again? Will I ever write another song again? Will anyone show up for tour?’ I think it comes from being really poor as a kid.”

― Neko Case

“I took upon myself to enact the part of a poor, unfortunate crazy girl, and felt it my duty not to shirk any of the disagreeable results that should follow.”

― Nellie Bly

“If you are poor, you are not likely to live long.”

― Nelson Mandela

“I don’t know of a single economist who disagrees that when you raise the minimum wage, you kill jobs for the poor.”

― Newt Gingrich

“I will continue to find ways to help poor people find a job, get a job, and learn someday to own the job.”

― Newt Gingrich

“Growing up, we were a poor yet tightknit family. My mother worked multiple jobs and always made sure that her kids never had to want for anything.”

― Nia Jax

“When the poor know that their children will survive, when they educate their daughters, when they access family planning, they have fewer children.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Saudi Arabia has supported Wahhabi madrasas in poor countries in Africa and Asia, exporting extremism and intolerance. Saudi Arabia also exports instability with its brutal war in Yemen, intended to check what it sees as Iranian influence.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Neither Western donor countries like the U.S. nor poor recipients like Cameroon care much about Africans who are poor, rural and female.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“Abortion politics have distracted all sides from what is really essential: a major aid campaign to improve midwifery, prenatal care and emergency obstetric services in poor countries.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“The thing about us businesspeople is that we love our customers rich and our employees poor.”

― Nick Hanauer

“Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.”

― Nicolas Chamfort

“I have no regrets about being poor.”

― Nigel Farage

“Sacred cows make very poor gladiators.”

― Nikki Giovanni

“I’ve been awed by the incredible opportunities that automatically float to the Harvard undergrads I once taught – from building homes for the poor in Nicaragua to landing prime White House internships.”

― Nina Easton

“The poor show of a film can be crucial in an actor’s career. Maybe that is why some actors choose to act in a lot of films, so as not to be affected by a single hit or a flop.”

― Nivin Pauly

“Experience is not the poor relation of expertise. Valuable insights in business often come from the people on the ground.”

― Noreena Hertz

“As an economist specializing in the global economy, international trade and debt, I have spent most of my career helping others make big decisions – prime ministers, presidents and chief executives – and so I’m all too aware of the risks and dangers of poor choices in the public as well as the private sphere.”

― Noreena Hertz

“Most philanthropists would still rather donate to elite schools, concert halls or religious groups than help the poor or sick.”

― Noreena Hertz

“I think clever people think that poor people are stupid.”

― Norm MacDonald

“These places I’ve seen have clubbed my mind – they are so poor and depressing. I don’t know what we can do to help these people, but we’ve got to do something.”

― Norman Borlaug

“The Euro Sceptics are the English National Party in disguise, and they have poor old David Cameron over a barrel.”

― Norman Davies

“I’m hostile to men, I’m hostile to women, I’m hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I’m afraid of horses.”

― Norman Mailer

“The global financial crisis – missed by most analysts – shows that most forecasters are poor at pricing in economic/financial risks, let alone geopolitical ones.”

― Nouriel Roubini

“The biggest challenge during competition is keeping my real legs warm with clothing, because I have poor circulation in the tissue around the amputated areas.”

― Oksana Masters

“Growing up in a very poor orphanage in Ukraine, there wasn’t much food.”

― Oksana Masters

“Every poor designer can go with things that are popular at the moment.”

― Oleg Cassini

“Law grinds the poor, and rich men rule the law.”

― Oliver Goldsmith

“I’m not really one for reading books. I have a very poor attention span. I’d rather listen to music, play games or watch films on my iPad.”

― Olly Murs

“The shock caused by the September 11 events has also lead to a thorough reflection on the existing disparity between rich and poor countries, on the misery of populations of the South.”

― Omar Bongo

“The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.”

― Orhan Pamuk

“Is it right to shoot the poor prostitute or a woman who is unfaithful to her husband, or a man who loves another man?”

― Oriana Fallaci

“War is something Arafat sends others to do for him. That is, the poor souls who believe in him. This pompous incompetent caused the failure of the Camp David negotiations, Clinton’s mediation.”

― Oriana Fallaci

“The influential man is the successful man, whether he be rich or poor.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“Poverty itself is not so bad as the poverty thought. It is the conviction that we are poor and must remain so that is fatal.”

― Orison Swett Marden

“I decided, if I’m going to be poor and black and all, the least thing I’m going to do is to try and find out who I am. I created everything about me.”

― Ornette Coleman

“I’m for helping the poor, always have been. And I don’t think they should be bereft of healthcare.”

― Orrin Hatch

“The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt, too.”

― Oscar Levant

“This is a pattern-bargaining industry, like railroads. You need to pay market to get a contract at all, and without contracts, you have a poor relationship with workers.”

― Oscar Munoz

“Sometimes the poor are praised for being thrifty. But to recommend thrift to the poor is both grotesque and insulting. It is like advising a man who is starving to eat less.”

― Oscar Wilde

“Who, being loved, is poor?”

― Oscar Wilde

“First we attacked the Russian soldiers with our gases, and then when we saw the poor fellows lying there, dying slowly, we tried to make breathing easier for them by using our own life-saving devices on them.”

― Otto Hahn

“Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.”

― Ovid

“It is the poor man who’ll ever count his flock.”

― Ovid

“We cannot afford to leave the poor behind.”

― P. Chidambaram

“The poor are an especially important resource for innovation when they have the bravery and pluck to get out of the poor places in which they’re living.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“To blame the existence of al Qaeda on poverty like Egypt’s is a slur on the poor.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“The real purpose of welfare is to get rid of poor people entirely. Everybody knows welfare has bad effects; that’s the point.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“Medicine is the means by which we poor feeble creatures try to keep from dying or aching.”

― P. T. Barnum

“I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.”

― Pablo Picasso

“People can very quickly have a very poor self-image. It doesn’t take much.”

― Paddy Considine

“Being an immigrant mother can be hard, but being a poor immigrant mother is much harder. You don’t generally get to sit in cafes polishing your French by reading ‘Le Monde.’”

― Pamela Druckerman

“I’m concerned about – the oppression of the poor.”

― Pat Robertson

“I remember standing on a medal podium at the 1976 Montreal Olympics, imbued with a sense that if you won enough basketball games, there was no such thing as poor, backward, country, female, or inferior.”

― Pat Summitt

“The only thing is against Messi you can stop him 10 times, but if he passes you once and scores, people say, ‘Evra played a poor game.’”

― Patrice Evra

“I was brought up in a very poor and very violent household. I spent much of my childhood being afraid.”

― Patrick Stewart

“Since his inauguration, Trump has signed numerous executive orders that negatively impact poor, black and brown, queer, Muslim, and other communities.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“Each and every one of us has multiple identities, and this is a fact that should be celebrated. I for example, am a queer black woman who grew up poor in Los Angeles.”

― Patrisse Cullors

“I represent poor people, I represent working people. I represent senior citizens. I represent family businesses. I represent people who don’t have the wherewithal to hire overpriced Washington lobbyists and lawyers. I want to send the powers back to the states and the people.”

― Paul Broun

“It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care.”

― Paul Farmer

“I feel it’s part of my job to make the problems of the poor compelling.”

― Paul Farmer

“Shockingly, the Government Accountability Institute has reported that the 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns received questionable contributions of more than $500 million as a result of poor disclosure requirements.”

― Paul Gosar

“Dependency arguments often come from elites – either aid agencies or governments – and say something about attitudes to poor people.”

― Paul Harvey

“We were poor, but we didn’t know it. There were no government bureaus in those days presuming to determine where poorness begins and ends, but I don’t remember ever being hungry.”

― Paul Harvey

“We grew up very poor, and I hated being poor. I was the oldest of five kids, and I never got a pair of skates until I was nine. It was very difficult to get an education back then and play junior hockey.”

― Paul Henderson

“Rich and famous is not bad, but poor and famous sucks.”

― Paul Hogan

“Those who buy in to global warming wish to drastically curb human economic and industrial activities, regardless of the consequences for people, especially the poor.”

― Paul Johnson

“Purpose has always been part of Unilever’s DNA. Our founder, William Lever, built a business around the sale of Lifebuoy soap that was not only profitable and sustainable but also helped transform the health of the poor in Victorian Britain.”

― Paul Polman

“We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.”

― Paul Ryan

“Throughout human history, the American Idea has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed.”

― Paul Ryan

“Today, if you were raised poor, you’re just as likely to stay poor as you were 50 years ago.”

― Paul Ryan

“In the past, mushrooms were maligned as nutritionally poor. Since they are about 80 to 90 percent water when fresh, their net concentrations of nutrients can be underestimated. Like grains, however, mushrooms should be weighed when dry to get their correct nutrient value.”

― Paul Stamets

“My record was so bad that I was first rejected by the Peace Corps as a poor risk and possible troublemaker and was accepted as a volunteer only after a great deal of explaining and arguing.”

― Paul Theroux

“What makes community organizing especially attractive is the faith it places in the ability of the poor to make decisions for themselves.”

― Paul Wellstone

“The fans can accept a poor performance, but they won’t take it when you choose not to put in the effort.”

― Pep Guardiola

“Liverpool was an industrial town, a poor town. The people fought hard for what they wanted to achieve and there was a hunger there, and that hunger has remained with the musicians.”

― Pete Best

“We were so poor when I was a kid that I had a sister who was stamped, ‘Made In Japan.’”

― Pete Rose

“The effects of unresolved trauma can be devastating. It can affect our habits and outlook on life, leading to addictions and poor decision-making. It can take a toll on our family life and interpersonal relationships. It can trigger real physical pain, symptoms, and disease. And it can lead to a range of self-destructive behaviors.”

― Peter A. Levine

“The familiar mood that awaits the sensitive young who are poor and dispossessed is a mood of sharp and painful inferiority, of violently angry tensions, of desperate and overwhelming longings.”

― Peter Abrahams

“My mother was the daughter of a poor schoolteacher – well, that’s a tautology – a country schoolteacher.”

― Peter Carey

“I’m from Brooklyn. I grew up very poor- seven people, four rooms. My dad had no education.”

― Peter Criss

“The world’s poor have discovered that the E.U. (that’s the country we live in, no point pretending there’s anywhere called Britain any more) has absolutely no clue how to stop determined immigrants.”

― Peter Hitchens

“Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice.”

― Peter Maurer

“The middle class today would be poor by the standards of the 1950s. Today, with two people working, they would still live paycheck to paycheck.”

― Peter Schiff

“Bush is a very poor impromptu speaker. He does fine in small groups but when speaking without a script in front of large groups or answering questions he wasn’t prepped for, he has problems.”

― Peter Schuyler

“If we use goods made from raw materials that are obtained from a poor country without the proceeds being used to benefit the people of that country, we become complicit in a particularly iniquitous form of grand larceny.”

― Peter Singer

“There was no difference between the rich and poor people. No difference between people from the west and from the east. There was no dispute between the leaders of the Maidan. We can win only when we are united.”

― Petro Poroshenko

“In a change of masters the poor change nothing except their master’s name.”

― Phaedrus

“We have got this Damocles’ sword of Standard and Poor’s hanging over us, with the commitment they have made to review Britain’s credit rating in the summer of 2010 after the general election. Everybody in Britain has a vital interest in ensuring that the triple A credit rating agency is maintained.”

― Philip Hammond

“These poor wretches were stolen from their homes, carried to a strange country, and sold to servitude, from which they sought to escape on the first occasion which offered.”

― Philip Hone

“Scotland is the only case in the world where the poor part of a territory wants to separate from the rich part. If independence came, one option is to keep the pound as its currency, so that all economic decisions will continue to be taken by the Bank of England.”

― Philip Kerr

“The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.”

― Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

“I was discriminated against because I was Jewish, Italian, black and Puerto Rican. But maybe the worst prejudice I experienced was against the poor. I grew up on welfare and often had to move in the middle of the night because we couldn’t pay the rent.”

― Philip Zimbardo

“In financial terms, my sense is that the distribution of wealth, unequal as it is, is self-perpetuating, and, especially in a linked and accelerating world, the rich get ever more quickly richer while the poor get ever more speedily poorer.”

― Pico Iyer

“Even a poor man doesn’t ask alms unless he sees you have the ability to give.”

― Piyush Goyal

“All men are by nature equal, made all of the same earth by one Workman; and however we deceive ourselves, as dear unto God is the poor peasant as the mighty prince.”

― Plato

“The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture.”

― Plautus

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”

― Plutarch

“Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.”

― Polly Toynbee

“The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them.”

― Pope Francis

“Oh, how I would like a poor Church, and for the poor.”

― Pope Francis

“Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India.”

― Pranab Mukherjee

“I have poor people skills, and I cannot become a minister.”

― Pranav Mistry

“Of the Sturges family, much more is known than is available about poor Irish immigrants and obscure Scottish-English settlers around Rochester.”

― Preston Sturges

“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?”

― Princess Diana

“Should Americans take care of their brothers and sisters? Absolutely. We all have an obligation as individuals to care for the poor. And, yes, there is a role for government and even food stamps in this equation.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“My poor kids have accepted that being dropped off late to birthday parties, practices, and yes, school, is just part of the large family package.”

― Rachel Campos-Duffy

“We are all aware that corruption is pervasive. It operates at every level. The poor may carry its greatest burden, but it is an affliction that every Indian is desperate to be rid of.”

― Rahul Gandhi

“My reputation was that I had bad BO, and I was poor, and I was ugly.”

― Rain Dove

“I experienced firsthand what it means to be poor, what it means to go hungry, and that, I think, may be the reason, the root cause of why I’m able to work so hard, even these days.”

― Rain

“We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

“We must always embrace individual liberty and enforce the constitutional rights of all Americans-rich and poor, immigrant and native, black and white.”

― Rand Paul

“Do you hate poor people or do you just hate poor people with jobs?”

― Rand Paul

“What ObamaCare did was take some of the things we did for the poor and expanded the government to basically the whole marketplace.”

― Rand Paul

“To be rich nowadays merely means to possess a large number of poor objects.”

― Raoul Vaneigem

“When people get at each other’s throat, the rich and the poor and the Left and the Right and so on, and you have a basic breakdown, that becomes very threatening.”

― Ray Dalio

“I’m basically a cocktail jazz kind of pianist. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a very good keyboard player. People think I think I’m good. I think I’m a very poor piano player.”

― Ray Manzarek

“I think I’m a very poor piano player.”

― Ray Manzarek

“Let’s face it, the Obama administration was handed a pretty poor deal from the previous administration.”

― Richard Armitage

“The factors that have been holding farmers back are similar to those that threaten other types of growth in Africa. Infrastructure and transport are in many cases quite poor, resulting in the losses of huge amounts of produce.”

― Richard Attias

“If the childhood obesity epidemic remains unchecked, it will condemn many of our kids to shorter lives, as well as the emotional and financial burdens of poor health.”

― Richard Carmona

“What is the Obama Doctrine? It seems to be one of disengagement, to try to ignore the hot, religious, dry, poor countries from Algeria to Pakistan.”

― Richard Engel

“I’m a successful novelist, and I’ve been a lucky one, so I don’t want to cry the poor mouth. Writing has never been easy.”

― Richard Flanagan

“Poor eating habits developed at an early age lead to a lifetime of real health consequences.”

― Richard J. Codey

“A nation has its first obligation to its own workers and its own poor.”

― Richard Lamm

“Americans were happy to buy vast quantities of relatively inexpensive Chinese manufactured goods, demand for which provided jobs for the tens of millions of Chinese who moved from poor agricultural areas to new or rapidly expanding cities.”

― Richard N. Haass

“Trade is the all-but-forgotten weapon in the battle against poverty, but it can provide more help to the poor than aid can.”

― Richard N. Haass

“If all we’ve got is the dirt poor and the filthy rich, the dirt poor would eat the filthy rich.”

― Richard Ojeda

“We have to stop letting people come in here and make millionaires and billionaires of themselves off of West Virginia while West Virginia remains poor.”

― Richard Ojeda

“We’re not really a state. We’re a colony. Everything we’ve ever had – timber, coal – it’s all been extracted out of our state. Our people have been here and have worked in those industries, and they remained poor, but the people outside of our state that are the ones that come and get the timber, get the coal, have become billionaires.”

― Richard Ojeda

“I would have become a pilot if it wasn’t for my poor eyesight and the fact that I am hopeless in science.”

― Richard Quest

“The gap between the rich and poor is widening fast.”

― Richard Rogers

“South Africa had very poor repertory distribution. I didn’t find out about Akira Kurosawa and Tarkovsky and Werner Herzog until I got to the U.K.”

― Richard Stanley

“I’ve worked with and talked to poor people my entire life, being in the pawn shop business.”

― Rick Harrison

“Republican governors are more lunatic than they used to be – as attested by all the ones so eager to turn down free federal money to qualify more of their poor citizens for Medicaid under Obamacare. Meanwhile, some states have taken the money only to hoard it.”

― Rick Perlstein

“I do care about not 99 percent or 95 percent. I care about the very rich and the very poor. I care about 100 percent of America.”

― Rick Santorum

“I had a very poor image of myself because I believed too much of the people around me when I was very young.”

― Rita Moreno

“We were definitely not rich, but we were not poor. My mum always came home from work and did everything so that we ate well.”

― Riyad Mahrez

“The first thing to recognize not just about Afghanistan but about any poor undeveloped country is that as big as it looks on the map, it’s much bigger when you’re there.”

― Robert D. Kaplan

“Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.”

― Robert Frost

“Few nations have been so poor as to have but one god. Gods were made so easily, and the raw material cost so little, that generally the god market was fairly glutted and heaven crammed with these phantoms.”

― Robert Green Ingersoll

“I was raised by my grandmother on a farm, where we were really poor – we had dirt floors – but so did everybody else.”

― Robert Herjavec

“The body is the soul’s poor house or home, whose ribs the laths are and whose flesh the loam.”

― Robert Herrick

“There are 500,000 poor children in this state that did not choose to be poor, and we have to take care of them.”

― Robert J. Bentley

“The desperately poor may accept handouts, because they feel they have to. For those who consider themselves at least middle class, however, anything that smacks of a handout is not desired. Instead, they want their economic power back.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“All taxes, except a ‘lump-sum tax,’ introduce distortions in the economy. But no government can impose a lump-sum tax – the same amount for everyone regardless of their income or expenditures – because it would fall heaviest on those with less income, and it would grind the poor, who might be unable to pay it at all.”

― Robert J. Shiller

“Poor parenting may be reflected in poor sibling relationships.”

― Robert J. Waldinger

“Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”

― Robert Kennedy

“The poor man looks upon the law as an enemy, not as a friend. For him, the law is always taking something away.”

― Robert Kennedy

“You can only choose between rich and poor. The middle class is gone.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Giving a poor person money keeps them poor.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Unfortunately, in a recession, the people who suffer the most aren’t the rich, but the wanna-be rich and the poor.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Trouble brews when we steal from the poor and give to the rich.”

― Robert Kiyosaki

“Life is not a matter of holding good cards, but of playing a poor hand well.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a poor substitute for life.”

― Robert Louis Stevenson

“Art is much less important than life, but what a poor life without it.”

― Robert Motherwell

“I’d like CBS, at this point, to say where they got those documents from. I think they should say where they got these documents because I thought it was a very poor job of reporting by CBS.”

― Robert Novak

“For a man without hobbies, I stand in a wonderful spot, where what I do is my best hobby, and everything else is a poor second.”

― Robert Preston

“The job creators are members of America’s vast middle class and the poor, whose purchases cause businesses to expand and invest.”

― Robert Reich

“Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the rest of the Ivy League are worthy institutions, to be sure, but they’re not known for educating large numbers of poor young people.”

― Robert Reich

“Youthful beauty is a poor indicator of long-term appeal in a man.”

― Robert Rinder

“There’s no future in being poor.”

― Robert Shaw

“While the President leads his potential adversaries in almost every state, his support is soft. He is seen as honest, sincere, just, and friendly but gets mediocre or relatively poor ratings being competent strong, intelligent, and a forceful leader.”

― Robert Teeter

“In the best days of our republic Americans were fiercely proud of the fact that rich and poor met on such equal terms in so many ways, and without the slightest trace of hostility.”

― Robert W. Welch, Jr.

“No one can prevent hurricanes, but prosperous communities are much better able to withstand them than poor ones.”

― Robert Zubrin

“Nothing could do more to help the world’s poor than to make fossil fuels cheap and plentiful.”

― Robert Zubrin

“I grew up poor in East Houston. I used to be ashamed of it, but I’m not anymore. It’s kind of a badge of courage now.”

― Rodney Crowell

“My family was very poor. Strangely, though, my father was an enigma in that he was always working. He was not a ne’er-do-well. He wasn’t lazy. He just couldn’t hold on to money. It just, it was an enigma for him. He just, his pockets were always empty.”

― Rodney Crowell

“I have to address the economic conditions of everybody, including, and perhaps first, those who are poor.”

― Rodrigo Duterte

“We weren’t wealthy but we definitely weren’t poor. We were incredibly rich because there was a wonderful community in Shepherd’s Bush, where I grew up. All my friends were into villainy and crime.”

― Roger Daltrey

“I came from a very poor family. And I was able to rise up and actually win an Academy Award. And if I can do it, then any kid can do it.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“I grew up poor, black, and working class.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“The American evangelical movement in Africa does valuable work in helping the poor.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“I never said, ‘Lady Gaga is a poor imitation of me.’ That was a completely made-up quote.”

― Roisin Murphy

“Italy is divided between us and them, rich and poor, north and south, young and old, employed and unemployed.”

― Romano Prodi

“Bioscience and biotech offer many opportunities. The U.S. focuses on the rich man; India has rich man diseases and poor man diseases. So you have a much larger set of opportunities.”

― Romesh Wadhwani

“The idea was to make a movie ourselves with everyone playing a cameo role. Preferably before we all go, ‘cos poor old Charlie Wilson was murdered, and of course Buster has gone.”

― Ronald Biggs

“I had aquariums of bullfrogs and mudpuppies. My poor mom had to deal with me incubating chicken eggs in my bedroom.”

― Ronan Farrow

“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death.”

― Rosalind Russell

“I would be a traitor to these poor burned bodies if I came here to talk good fellowship.”

― Rose Schneiderman

“Making the best of things is… a damn poor way of dealing with them. My whole life has been a series of escapes from that quicksand.”

― Rose Wilder Lane

“Christians should emphatically be campaigning for justice for the poor – but the Church is not a campaign.”

― Rowan Williams

“Who is affected more when it’s cold? Poor people. Who is affected more when it’s hot? Poor people. Who is affected more when it’s wet? Poor people. Who is most affected when the economy is bad? Poor people. Poor people are the most fragile.”

― Russel Honore

“Hip-hop is a voice for voiceless poor people.”

― Russell Simmons

“’Whole Women’s Health’ made it very clear that poor women were no longer going to be left out.”

― Ruth Bader Ginsburg

“The poor and minorities are disproportionately both crime’s perpetrators and its victims. People are saddened when this happens but not surprised.”

― S. J. Rozan

“There is growing inequality. The families of the all-powerful Ministers are getting richer. The poor and hard-working Belizeans are getting poorer.”

― Said Musa

“We were poor, my mother and I, living in a world of doom and gloom, pessimism and bitterness, where storms raged and wolves scratched at the door.”

― Said Sayrafiezadeh

“I have a Creator who knew all things, even before they were made – even me, his poor little child.”

― Saint Patrick

“He that offereth sacrifice of the goods of the poor is as one that sacrificeth the son in the presence of his father.”

― Saint Patrick

“Too often, while well-intentioned, our poverty programs fail the poor. They fail them by keeping them in cycles of dependency.”

― Sam Brownback

“Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn’t poor.”

― Sam Levenson

“Despotism is the only form of government which may with safety to itself, neglect the education of its infant poor.”

― Samuel Horsley

“Every man is rich or poor according to the proportion between his desires and his enjoyments.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.”

― Samuel Johnson

“You cannot spend money in luxury without doing good to the poor. Nay, you do more good to them by spending it in luxury, than by giving it; for by spending it in luxury, you make them exert industry, whereas by giving it, you keep them idle.”

― Samuel Johnson

“Saw a wedding in the church. It was strange to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition.”

― Samuel Pepys

“Strange, to see what delight we married people have to see these poor fools decoyed into our condition, every man and wife gazing and smiling at them.”

― Samuel Pepys

“The pleasures of the mighty are obtained by the tears of the poor.”

― Samuel Richardson

“I thought that strange syntax was the language of story books. I didn’t realize those were poor translations… English from Edwardian times.”

― Sandra Cisneros

“I don’t think of anyone as rich or poor.”

― Sangram Singh

“I don’t know how the poor farmers deal with such situations in real life. It’s really sad.”

― Sanjay Dutt

“Ordinary people understand that the rich and powerful bully the poor and meek.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“Every university has its problems. The issues range from lack of amenities, plagiarism, poor quality research, sexual harassment, faculty moonlighting, and faulty and biased recruitment.”

― Sanjaya Baru

“Until these college students came into town, we were all very poor and didn’t have money to do anything.”

― Santiago Durango

“A lot of Americans desperately want to believe that China is full of poor people who can’t innovate, and the only goods they make are cheap, toxic rip-offs our Western brands. They want to believe the only reason the Chinese economy is surging is because the West wants cheap goods and China knows how to make them that way.”

― Sarah Lacy

“Consistently rated the most peaceable of all countries in the world by the Global Peace Index, Iceland has reduced its military expenditure to zero, has no armed forces, and has reduced the inequality gap between rich and poor.”

― Scilla Elworthy

“I’m a poor artist. Through brute force, I brought myself up to mediocre. I’ve never taken a writing class, but I can write okay.”

― Scott Adams

“Creed was ended by egos and people wanting to do their own thing and poor decision-making.”

― Scott Stapp

“In education, they say either property taxes have to go up, or we’ll have poor education – that’s a false choice.”

― Scott Walker

“It’s hard to get people to empathize with the poor. You can get some people to sympathize with the poor, but to empathize is actually very hard, because most people are not poor. I realized that scarcity gives you a thread.”

― Sendhil Mullainathan

“Organizations talk about spending their lives firefighting – dealing with the next problem without having the bandwidth to deal with what is down the pipeline. I think most of the poor have that problem.”

― Sendhil Mullainathan

“If you go and stop people at a supermarket and ask them for their receipt and say, ‘Hey how much did you just spend?’ middle class shoppers have no idea. The poor know what they just spent.”

― Sendhil Mullainathan

“You can’t be a poor sport all the time.”

― Shannon Sharpe

“In 1978, when I was a non-Congress chief minister, we distributed surplus wheat among labourers. Later, when we visited a village, I asked a labourer whether he knew who sent the wheat. ‘Yes, Indiraji – only Indiraji helps the poor.’ Indiraji was a symbol for the weaker sections.”

― Sharad Pawar

“Poor people around the world spend more on energy because they lack the capital to buy a more expensive energy-efficient product.”

― Sharan Burrow

“The premise of my whole campaign has been not that people need to believe what I say to them, but they need to look at what I have done. And what I have done in the state of Nevada, I have voted over a 100 times against tax and fee increases, poor public policy, and unconstitutional bills.”

― Sharron Angle

“Unfortunately, the former rulers during the era of dictatorship indulged in massive corruption in Punjab, and the hard-earned money of the poor nation was mercilessly looted.”

― Shehbaz Sharif

“I’m fortunate enough not to be poor, and I’m not a bad tipper.”

― Shepard Smith

“Apparently I’m the most naked that anyone’s been on TNT. My poor mother. I’m ready to run away.”

― Sheryl Lee

“We need schools like Doon and Mayo for the poor.”

― Shiv Nadar

“The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.”

― Sholom Aleichem

“My poor children have been the subject of all of my experiments. We’re still doing what I call ‘Amish summers’ where I turn off all electronics and pack away all their computers and stuff and watch them scream for a while until they settle down into, like, an electronic-free summer.”

― Shonda Rhimes

“I was born in Montreal in 1939, the second son of poor immigrants.”

― Sidney Altman

“I’d seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things.”

― Sidney Poitier

“My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.”

― Sidney Poitier

“A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.”

― Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

“The poorest people are so incredibly poor, and the rich are so incredibly rich on the other side. That is a kind of fascination.”

― Simon Beaufoy

“Millions of people are falling out of the middle class into the ranks of the poor.”

― Simon Mainwaring

“Great leaders are willing to sacrifice the numbers to save the people. Poor leaders sacrifice the people to save the numbers.”

― Simon Sinek

“When I don’t get enough sleep, I am cranky, vulnerable to headaches, and my concentration is poor.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“Now that we are poor, we are free. No white man controls our footsteps.”

― Sitting Bull

“The rich rob the poor, and the poor rob one another.”

― Sojourner Truth

“God will take care of the poor trampled slave, but where will the slaveholder be when eternity begins?”

― Sojourner Truth

“Religion without humanity is very poor human stuff.”

― Sojourner Truth

“An economy growing at 7 percent per year, can and must find the resources to improve the lives of its millions of poor.”

― Sonia Gandhi

“My aim has always been to defend the secular foundation of our nation and the poor of our country – the creed sacred to Indiraji and Rajivji.”

― Sonia Gandhi

“The schools that suffer are the schools in, in poor neighborhoods. They are the neighborhoods with the greatest need, with the parents struggling to work and to make ends meet. They don’t have enough resources to give, they don’t have enough resources to pay more, and these are the neighborhoods that go first.”

― Sonia Sotomayor

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor. Rich is better.”

― Sophie Tucker

“Even a poor man can receive honors.”

― Sophocles

“Mysticism, poor mysticism! When it is underestimated and oversimplified, it comes down from its original sphere and stands beside religion.”

― Sri Chinmoy

“In middle-income countries, inequality becomes a problem because you can see there is a layer of people who are doing well, while the poor are still stuck there. We have 300 million poor in India.”

― Sri Mulyani Indrawati

“In middle-income countries, inequality becomes a problem because you can see there is a layer of people who are doing well, while the poor are still stuck there.”

― Sri Mulyani Indrawati

“I grew up in a family where my parents worked full-time and still found themselves and their six children trapped like so many of the working poor.”

― Stacey Abrams

“Poor Andy Nave was killed. He refused to surrender and was shot by Dick Fields. I felt sorry as he used to be quite friendly towards me before the war, but it could not be helped.”

― Stand Watie

“Running those poor steers back and forth in the heat is ridiculous. What they ought to do is put the steers in the convention hall and run the delegates.”

― Stanley Marcus

“The Paralympics have for too long been considered the poor cousin of the Olympics. It’s always run after the main games and rarely gets anything like the media coverage.”

― Stella Young

“I was very poor. As a child my dream was to have a leather football.”

― Stephen Chow

“Proponents of the Central America Free Trade Agreement have conveniently ignored this fundamental fact: the effect of trade on incomes in Central America and how to alleviate the adverse consequences of trade liberalization on the poor.”

― Stephen F. Lynch

“In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.”

― Stephen Gardiner

“The prospects for a coherent, hilarious and consistent American comedy seem to lessen every year, as the poor waterlogged, gassy corpse called ‘Evan Almighty’ proved when it floated ashore recently. So there’s a temptation to think too highly of Robin Williams’s uneven but occasionally funny ‘License to Wed.’”

― Stephen Hunter

“Social Security is the greatest swindle of the poor ever.”

― Stephen Moore

“Obama’s economic policies widened the gap between the rich and the poor.”

― Stephen Moore

“I suspect the Left’s obsession with raising tax rates is not about helping the poor or middle class or about lowering the budget deficit, but about tearing down the rich.”

― Stephen Moore

“If only the majority of the wealthiest top 10 percent of Americans own stock directly – which does not include pension and retirement accounts – then the divide between rich and poor is likely to expand.”

― Stephen Moore

“Lyrics have to be underwritten. That’s why poets generally make poor lyric writers because the language is too rich. You get drowned in it.”

― Stephen Sondheim

“To say that past managements of Citigroup were poor would be a kindness.”

― Steve Eisman

“It turns out that the rich are much better placed to feed at the public trough. The poor get crumbs.”

― Steve Hanke

“Barack Obama destroyed the middle class. Whatever you want to say about his rhetoric, the rich got richer, but the poor got poorer, and the middle class got wiped out. That’s really what Trump appealed to and inspired in the forgotten man.”

― Steve Scalise

“Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people.”

― Steve Wynn

“More often than not, people who are poor… are right where they should be.”

― Steven Crowder

“The black money issue should not be misunderstood as one of merely avoiding taxes. It is, in fact, a major systemic crime of denying the nation’s financial system the proceeds of wealth. Such denial should actually be declared as treason, where opportunities to share the wealth for the benefit of the poor are wilfully denied.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I am from the working class. I am now what I was then. No amount of balsamic vinegar and Prada handbags could make me forget what it was like to be poor.”

― Sue Townsend

“Boxing’s a poor man’s sport. We can’t afford to play golf or tennis. It is what it is. It’s kept so many kids off the street. It kept me off the street.”

― Sugar Ray Leonard

“I am a coolie and the son of a coolie. I was born with the poor, and I am still poor. My sympathies have always been with the struggling mass.”

― Sun Yat-sen

“It is poor rule that won’t work more ways than one.”

― Susan B. Anthony

“This erosion of the middle class is happening all over the place. The opening of a wider gap between rich and poor is always accompanied by such a process.”

― Susan George

“Structured settlements are a common way for people who have been injured to receive an insurance payout. The periodic payments provide ongoing income and reduce the risk of blowing a lump sum through poor financial choices.”

― Suze Orman

“Savings is an important tool because it can help the poor deal with the ups and downs of irregular earnings and help them build reserves for a rainy day.”

― Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“To get the most from agricultural resources, poor farmers’ needs must come first, guiding investment strategies and forming the yardstick for gauging results.”

― Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“Technologies, including cell phones, have the potential to help millions of poor people out of poverty by enabling access to a range of safe, affordable financial services – most importantly, savings accounts – that have long been out of reach.”

― Sylvia Mathews Burwell

“There are plenty of African-Americans in this country – and I would say this goes right up to the White House – who are not by any means poor, but are very much afflicted by white supremacy.”

― Ta-Nehisi Coates

“I don’t like laughing at people unless they’re in a privileged position or if they’re in authority. If it’s poor people or people who live on the outskirts or on the margins, or the underdog, I’d rather be laughing with them.”

― Taika Waititi

“The rich stick together; the poor and the marginalised are thrown together.”

― Tariq Ramadan

“I’m not exactly in a position where I get to be super-picky about the roles I get. But I would also never want to be a part of something that I think is poor in taste or doesn’t align with what I believe in.”

― Tavi Gevinson

“I’ve always enjoyed poor health.”

― Taylor Caldwell

“I’ve been in some bad TV shows and suffered through so much poor writing.”

― Taylor Sheridan

“Kids from financially distressed households are twice as likely to have to repeat a grade and more than two-and-a-half more times to struggle with poor health later in life.”

― Ted Deutch

“In countries with a properly functioning legal system, the mob continues to exist, but it is rarely called upon to mete out capital punishment. The right to take human life belongs to the state. Not so in societies where weak courts and poor law enforcement are combined with intractable structural injustices.”

― Teju Cole

“In the end, the humanities can only be defended by stressing how indispensable they are; and this means insisting on their vital role in the whole business of academic learning, rather than protesting that, like some poor relation, they don’t cost much to be housed.”

― Terry Eagleton

“The poor prey on one another because their lives offer no hope and communicate the tragic message to these human beings that they have no possibility to attain a decent standard of living.”

― Thabo Mbeki

“We’ve had a long wrangle with the pharmaceutical industry about parallel imports, and what we were saying is we want to make medicines and drugs as affordable as a possible to what is largely a poor population.”

― Thabo Mbeki

“A matter that seems to be very clear in terms of the alternative view, is what do you expect to happen in Africa with regard to immune systems, where people are poor, subject to repeat infections and all of that. Surely you would expect their immune systems to collapse.”

― Thabo Mbeki

“I’d rather be rich and miserable than poor and miserable.”

― Theo Paphitis

“The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.”

― Theodor W. Adorno

“Rhetoric is a poor substitute for action, and we have trusted only to rhetoric. If we are really to be a great nation, we must not merely talk; we must act big.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

“I’m actually interested in poor behavior. I’m interested in what drives people to poor behavior.”

― Theresa Rebeck

“I would rather be poor in a cottage full of books than a king without the desire to read.”

― Thomas Babington Macaulay

“I have just been all round the world and have formed a very poor opinion of it.”

― Thomas Beecham

“Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.”

― Thomas Carlyle

“No one is rich whose expenditures exceed his means, and no one is poor whose incomings exceed his outgoings.”

― Thomas Chandler Haliburton

“We have no right to luxuries while the poor want bread.”

― Thomas Day

“He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.”

― Thomas Fuller

“Poor men’s reasons are not heard.”

― Thomas Fuller

“He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.”

― Thomas Fuller

“Too poor for a bribe, and too proud to importune, he had not the method of making a fortune.”

― Thomas Gray

“The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and of the oppressed.”

― Thomas Huxley

“The cosmic game changed forever in 1992. Before then, logic told us that there had to be other planets besides the nine (if you still count poor Pluto) in our solar system, but until that year, when two astronomers detected faint, telltale radio signals in the constellation Virgo, we had no hard evidence of their existence.”

― Thomas Mallon

“The rich, by unfair combinations, contribute frequently to prolong a season of distress among the poor.”

― Thomas Malthus

“Respectable means rich, and decent means poor. I should die if I heard my family called decent.”

― Thomas Mann

“Though I be poor, I’m honest.”

― Thomas Middleton

“The rich support the poor primarily via taxes.”

― Thomas Peterffy

“The biggest and most deadly ‘tax’ rate on the poor comes from a loss of various welfare state benefits – food stamps, housing subsidies and the like – if their income goes up.”

― Thomas Sowell

“To love one person with a private love is poor and miserable: to love all is glorious.”

― Thomas Traherne

“I always say that I would go poor eating my way through New York because I like to try everything.”

― Tia Mowry

“Rather than improving the wealth of their own nation, the Mexican government encourages its poor to come to the U.S. and send money home.”

― Timothy Murphy

“The Clinton administration cared a lot about the middle class and the poor. But it also cared a lot – too much, in retrospect – about the rich.”

― Timothy Noah

“I was from this small town, and my parents were poor.”

― Tina Knowles

“My early interactions with VCs were really, really poor.”

― Tobias Lutke

“The reason why I buy into the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party is because there are over 2,000 verses of Scripture that deal with responding to the needs of the poor.”

― Tony Campolo

“I applaud the growing commitment of Evangelicals to the needs of the poor and oppressed in urban America.”

― Tony Campolo

“Of the 22 industrialized nations of the world, we’re dead last in per capita giving to poor people.”

― Tony Campolo

“I contend that, in spite of all that might be said about Watergate, Richard Nixon was good for the poor people of America.”

― Tony Campolo

“Our kids have to understand that drinking underage is a poor decision that could drastically affect their chances to achieve the goals they’ve set.”

― Tony Cardenas

“Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter.”

― Tony Gilroy

“Went to 16 and hit a really bad 3 wood for my second shot and got stuck in the bunker about 70 yards from the pin. Poor execution, chunked it, hit a good chip up to about eight feet, missed it.”

― Trent Dilfer

“Being on the road is no excuse for having a poor diet. I don’t like fast food, but if I have to, I’ll order three plain grilled chicken sandwiches and throw out the buns.”

― Triple H

“We need to accept the principle that sometimes poor people will die just because they are poor.”

― Tyler Cowen

“It’s a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.”

― Unknown

“It is a damn poor mind indeed which can’t think of at least two ways to spell any word.”

― Unknown

“Without any physical, chemical, and biological fundamentals, and with equally poor understanding of basic economic forces, it is no wonder that people will believe anything.”

― Vaclav Smil

“I torture my mother with all my problems, that poor woman.”

― Vanessa Ferlito

“I should say many things. Mexico has been one of the losers of the 20th century. We tried many different alternatives to development and unfortunately we have 40 percent of the population poor; we have a per capita income that is extremely low.”

― Vicente Fox

“I came from a very poor family and my main dream in life was to break out of this poverty.”

― Viktor Yanukovych

“What is superfluous to your poor estate, distribute. This is distributive charity: a virtue so sacred that crimes against it are the forerunner of inevitable doom.”

― Vincent McNabb

“I started life in a poor family and could not even afford a proper tertiary education.”

― Vincent Tan

“I don’t know if I hadn’t grown up poor, and in the neighborhood I did, if I would have had that much to bring to my art form. I call upon my past with characters.”

― Ving Rhames

“It is a curious phenomena that God has made the hearts of the poor, rich and those of the rich, poor.”

― Vinoba Bhave

“I was the kind of poor where I knew right away I had less than everyone around me. Our environment, our physical space reflected our income.”

― Viola Davis

“When you’re poor, you are invisible. Every poor person will tell you nobody sees you. So being famous was me just wanting to be seen.”

― Viola Davis

“Kidney disease is a low-profile, unglamorous problem, a disease that disproportionately strikes minorities and the poor. Its celebrity spokesman is blue-collar comedian George Lopez, who received a kidney from his wife.”

― Virginia Postrel

“My aim is to make the poor look rich and the rich look poor.”

― Vivienne Westwood

“I am not trying to say that I am poor and that I don’t like beautiful things. But I don’t like luxury for luxury sake or in the sense of showing off luxury.”

― Vladimir Potanin

“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

― W. C. Fields

“To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.”

― W. E. B. Du Bois

“There is a valid nationwide sentiment of concern over public pensions, and poor funding ratios are viewed negatively by financial markets.”

― Walker Stapleton

“Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!”

― Wallace Stevens

“Amazon makes mistakes, including launching a smartphone in 2014 that was a flop and to which I gave a poor review.”

― Walt Mossberg

“Of all the ways of acquiring books, writing them oneself is regarded as the most praiseworthy method. Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.”

― Walter Benjamin

“The fictionally correct have all the answers, and that’s what’s wrong with them. They’re artistic technocrats. There’s no dilemma so knotty, no question so baffling, that it can’t be smoothly neutralized by dialing up the right attitude adjustment. Poor old Hemingway. If only he’d known.”

― Walter Kirn

“What is poor? We had food. We dressed well. We didn’t have a lot, but what we had fit, and it was always neat.”

― Walter Payton

“We are very fond of blaming the poor for destroying the environment. But often it is the powerful, including governments, that are responsible.”

― Wangari Maathai

“I’ve gone from being quite wealthy, when I was defending women, to being quite poor defending men.”

― Warren Farrell

“Poor decisions and bad luck are contingencies of most horror films.”

― Wesley Morris

“I have long believed the corporate world is plagued by poor capital allocation decisions.”

― Whitney Tilson

“At the time the Sendmail program had a very poor reputation with respect to security, with four root vulnerabilities per year for two successive years.”

― Wietse Venema

“The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.”

― Willem de Kooning

“Beef also was difficult to be procured and exceedingly poor; the price nearly sixpence farthing per pound.”

― William Bligh

“But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.”

― William Butler Yeats

“To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.”

― William Cobbett

“Men there have been who have done the essayist’s part so well as to have earned an immortality in the doing; but we have had not many of them, and they make but a poor figure on our shelves. It is a pity that things should be thus with us, for a good essayist is the pleasantest companion imaginable.”

― William Ernest Henley

“Back in the thirties we were told we must collectivize the nation because the people were so poor. Now we are told we must collectivize the nation because the people are so rich.”

― William F. Buckley, Jr.

“You have no idea what a poor opinion I have of myself and how little I deserve it.”

― William Gilbert

“Perhaps they do not recognize themselves, for a rich man is even harder to define than a poor one.”

― William Graham Sumner

“The men who start out with the notion that the world owes them a living generally find that the world pays its debt in the penitentiary or the poor house.”

― William Graham Sumner

“To be remembered after we are dead, is but poor recompense for being treated with contempt while we are living.”

― William Hazlitt

“All the measures of the Government are directed to the purpose of making the rich richer and the poor poorer.”

― William Henry Harrison

“In praising science, it does not follow that we must adopt the very poor philosophies which scientific men have constructed. In philosophy they have much more to learn than to teach.”

― William Inge

“Poor Darrell Hammond. What’s he going to do when I leave office?”

― William J. Clinton

“You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.”

― William J. H. Boetcker

“If no man could become rich in Peru, no man could become poor.”

― William Prescott

“How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?”

― William Shakespeare

“Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.”

― William Shakespeare

“Weapons of mass destruction are the greatest threat to life on earth. Biological weapons are often called the poor man’s atomic bomb. Saddam Hussein is the ruler who has for decades been making the most determined and diabolical illegal effort to acquire them.”

― William Shawcross

“Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man’s hut, as well as the palace of his superior.”

― William Shenstone

“A miser grows rich by seeming poor; an extravagant man grows poor by seeming rich.”

― William Shenstone

“The nominal budget is a poor indicator of the impact of government outlays and revenues.”

― William Vickrey

“You don’t have to be poor to need something or somebody.”

― Willie Nelson

“I was always a self-proclaimed poor slider.”

― Willie Stargell

“Wealth does not trickle down to the poor. Oxfam knows this, the IMF knows this, the World Bank knows this. Poor people have always known this.”

― Winnie Byanyima

“It would be a most despicable thing to suggest I would exploit the poor for my own personal gain.”

― Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

“I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.”

― Winston Churchill

“I grew up so poor in Austria that we never took a vacation with my family.”

― Wolfgang Puck

“I would rather belong to a poor nation that was free than to a rich nation that had ceased to be in love with liberty.”

― Woodrow Wilson

“The day every poor person in this country has a toilet in his home and his fuel requirements are met, whoever is the PM then shall rule for at least 25 years.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“We are not intoxicated by power. We are concerned about the betterment of the poor, marginalised, oppressed, farmers, women, those living in villages, and every section of society.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“The Modi government started several welfare schemes for poor and realised the dream of corruption-free India.”

― Yogi Adityanath

“Zef is, you’re poor, but you’re fancy. You’re poor, but you’re sexy; you’ve got style.”

― Yolandi Visser

“How can something that’s 95% water be so divisive? Alone among vegetables, the poor, innocent stick of celery elicits the most vicious attacks.”

― Yotam Ottolenghi

“The Franco-German tandem at the core of post-war European integration has become lopsided. Relations between Berlin and Paris are unusually poor, with some French politicians decrying the ‘selfish intransigence’ in the euro crisis of Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel.”

― Zanny Minton Beddoes

“I’ve always taught that a poor economy is the best opportunity for salespeople because the naysayers and grumblers have already given up, leaving more territory, more opportunities to be successful than in a good economy when virtually all salespeople are out there, giving it their best.”

― Zig Ziglar

“When you are poor, you’ll have to think of ways to be better off.”

― Zong Qinghou

“As soon as, say, Saddam Hussein started bombing Israel with Scuds, everyone was like, ‘Poor Israel.’ But when Israel retaliates – and most of the time they then win – people turn against them.”

― Zubin Mehta
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