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Poverty palls the most generous spirits; it cows industry, and casts resolution itself into despair.
      - Joseph Addison

That poverty which is not the daughter of the spirit is but the mother of shame and reproach; it is a disreputation that drowns all the other good parts that are its man; it is a disposition to all kind of evil; it is man's greatest foe.
      - Mateo Aleman, Guzman de Alfarache

The poor man is a kind of money that is not current; the subject of every idle housewife's chat; the off-scum of the people; the dust of the street, first trampled under foot and then thrown on the dunghill; in conclusion, the poor man is the rich man's ass.
      - Mateo Aleman, Guzman de Alfarache

Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.
      - Woody Allen

Poverty is the discoverer of all the arts.
  [Lat., Paupertas omnium artium repertrix.]
      - Apuleius (Appuleius), De Magia
         (p. 285, 35)

Single Women have a dreadful propensity to being poor--which is one very strong argument in favor of Matrimony.
      - Jane Austen,
        in an 1817 letter to her niece, Fanny Knight

Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
      - Walter Bagehot

Leave the poor
  Some time for self-improvement. Let them not
    Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms
      For bread, but have some space to think and feel
        Like moral and immortal creatures.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. A Country Town)

Few things in this world more trouble people than poverty, or the fear of poverty; and, indeed, it is a sore affliction; but, like all other ills that flesh is heir to, it has its antidote, its reliable remedy. The judicious application of industry, prudence and temperance is a certain cure.
      - Hosea Ballou

Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life.
      - Honore de Balzac

Speak gently, kindly, to the poor;
  Let no harsh term be heard;
    They have enough they must endure
      Without an unkind word.
      - David Bates

Poverty is very good in poems, but it is very bad in a house. It is very good in maxims and sermons, but it is very bad in practical life.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Come away; poverty's catching.
      - Mrs. Aphra (Afra or Aphara or Ayfara) Johnson Behn

What mean ye that ye beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces of the poor? saith the Lord God of hosts.
      - Bible, Isaiah (ch. III, v. 15)

For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.
      - Bible, John (ch. XII, v. 8)

So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. VI, v. 11)

The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 15)

He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIX, v. 17)

Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. XLI, v. 1)

Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
  [Fr., L'or meme a la laideur donne un teint de beaute:
    Mais tout devient affreux avec la pauvrete.]
      - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux, Satires
         (VIII, 209)

How like a railway tunnel is the poor man's life, with the light of childhood at one end, the intermediate gloom, and only the glimmer of a future life at the other extremity!
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

In one important respect a man is fortunate in being poor. His responsibility to God is so much the less.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Poverty is only contemptible when it is felt to be so. Doubtless the best way to make our poverty respectable is to seem never to feel it as an evil.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

The extent of poverty in the world is much exaggerated. Our sensitiveness makes half our poverty; our fears--anxieties for ills that never happen--a greater part of the other half.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

We should not so much esteem our poverty as a misfortune, were it not that the world treats it so much as a crime.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

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