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The greatest man in history was the poorest.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Domestic Life

Poverty possesses this disease; through want it teaches a man evil.
      - Euripides

We want fewer things to live in poverty with satisfaction, than to live magnificently with riches.
      - Charles de Marguetel de Saint-Denis de Saint-Evremond

O blissful poverty!
  Nature, too partial! to thy lot assigns
    Health, freedom, innocence, and downy peace,
      Her real goods; and only mocks the great,
        With empty pageantries!
      - Elijah Fenton

Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Poverty makes people satirical, soberly, sadly, bitterly, satirical.
      - James Hain Friswell

He had a prince's mind imprisoned in a poor man's purse.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Nor is there on earth a more powerful advocate for vice than poverty.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

To be poor, and to seem poor, is a certain method never to rise.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe,
  That found'st me poor at first, and keep'st me so.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Deserted Village
         (l. 413)

The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, Vicar of Wakefield
         (ch. IV)

Chill penury repress'd their noble rage,
  And froze the genial current of the soul.
      - Thomas Gray, Elegy in a Country Churchyard
         (st. 13)

Morality and religion are but words to him who fishes in gutters for the means of sustaining life, and crouches behind barrels in the street for shelter from the cutting blasts of a winter night.
      - Horace Greeley

Be honest poverty thy boasted wealth;
  So shall thy friendships be sincere, tho' few
    So shall thy sleep be sound, thy waking cheerful.
      - William Havard

Poverty is the test of civility and the touchstone of friendship.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Poverty, labor, and calamity are not without their luxuries, which the rich, the indolent, and the fortunate in vain seek for.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Poverty, when it is voluntary, is never despicable, but takes an heroical aspect.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

Poverty sits by the cradle of all our great men, and rocks them up to manhood; and this meager foster-mother remains their faithful companion throughout life.
      - Heinrich Heine

Poverty is no sinne.
  [Poverty is no sin.]
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Poverty is the mother of health.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Poverty must have its satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
      - Don Herold

Yes, child of suffering, thou may'st well be sure
  He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.,
        Urania; or, A Rhymed Lesson (l. 325)

Stitch! stitch! stitch!
  In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch,
      Would that its tone could reach the Rich,
        She sang this "Song of the Shirt!"
      - Thomas Hood, Song of the Shirt (st. 11)

O God! that bread should be so dear,
  And flesh and blood so cheap!
      - Thomas Hood, The Song of the Shirt

Penniless amid great plenty.
  [Lat., Magnas inter opes inops.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (bk. III, 16, 28)

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