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POVERTY
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[ Also see Adversity Beggary Dependence Depression Desolation Economy Frugality Hardship Hunger Loss Luxury Money Necessity Obscurity Possession Property Prosperity Riches Superfluity Want Wealth ]

He is not poor who has the use of necessary things.
  [Lat., Pauper enim non est cui rerum suppetet usus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (I, 12, 4)

The man who has lost his purse will go wherever you wish.
  [Lat., Ibit eo quo vis qui zonam perdidit.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Epistles (II, 2, 40)

One solitary philosopher may be great, virtuous, and happy in the depth of poverty, but not a whole people.
      - Isaak Iselin

The prevalent fear of poverty among the educated classes is the worst moral disease from which our civilization suffers.
      - William James

Chill penury weighs down the heart itself; and though it sometimes be endured with calmness, it is but the calmness of despair.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

It is not poverty so much as pretence that harasses a ruined man--the struggle between a proud mind and an empty purse--the keeping up a hollow show that must soon come to an end. Have the courage to appear poor, and you disarm poverty of its sharpest sting.
      - Mrs. Anna Brownell Jameson

The final conquest of poverty is within our grasp.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

A man guilty of poverty easily believes himself suspected.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy unenvied, to be healthy without physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Nature makes us poor only when we want necessaries, but custom gives the name of poverty to the want of superfluities.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Poverty has, in large cities, very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a very great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for tomorrow.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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 (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

All this [wealth] excludes but one evil,--poverty.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Boswell's Life of Johnson

Money never made any man rich, but his mind. He that can order himself to the law of nature, is not only without the sense, but the fear of poverty.
      - Ben Jonson

It is unmistakable madness to live in poverty only to die rich.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Rarely they rise by virtue's aid who lie plunged in the depth of helpless poverty.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

The greatest hardship of poverty is that it tends to make men ridiculous.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

They do not easily rise whose abilities are repressed by poverty at home.
  [Lat., Haud facile emergunt quorum virtutibus obstat
    Res angusta domi.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (III, 164)

Here we all live in ambitious poverty.
  [Lat., Hic vivimus ambitiosa
    Paupertate omnes.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (III, 182)

O Poverty, thy thousand ills combined
  Sink not so deep into the generous mind,
    As the contempt and laughter of mankind.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (III, l. 226), (Gifford's translation)

Cheerless poverty has no harder trial than this, that it makes men the subject of ridicule.
  [Lat., Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in se
    Quam quod ridiculos homines facit.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (III, V, 152)

The traveler without money will sing before the robber.
  [Lat., Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.]
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal), Satires
         (X, 22)


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