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

Confucius (BC 551-BC 479) Chinese philosopher.

Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.

Aristotle (384 BC-322 BC) Greek philosopher.

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

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition.

William James (1842-1910) American philosopher and psychologist.

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable, and others extremely difficult.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.


The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor, to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread.

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

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

James Baldwin (1924-1987) African-American writer.

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

Napoleon I (1769-1821) Napoleon Bonaparte. French general.

I am a poor man, but I have this consolation: I am poor by accident, not by design.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

Poverty is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the task of many people to conceal their neediness from others. Consequently they support themselves by temporary means, and everyday is lost in contriving for tomorrow.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.