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If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
      - John Fitzgerald Kennedy,
        in his inaugural speech, January 20, 1961

There is nothing keeps longer than a middling fortune, and nothing melts away sooner than a great one. Poverty treads upon the heels of great and unexpected riches.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Rags, which are the reproach of poverty, are the beggar's robes, and graceful insignia of his profession, his tenure, his full dress, the suit in which he is expected to show himself in public.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia)

Few, save the poor, feel for the poor.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

The rich know not how hard it is to be of needful rest and needful food debarred.
      - Letitia Elizabeth Landon (Mrs. George MacLean)

Poverty is a bitter weed to most women, and there are few indeed who can accept it with dignity.
      - E. Lynn Linton

There is nothing perfectly secure but poverty.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Poverty is shunned and persecuted all over the globe.
  [Lat., Paupertas fugitur, totoque arcessitur orbe.]
      - Lucanus (Marcus Annaeus Lucan), Pharsalia
         (I, 166)

Poverty persuades a man to do and suffer everything that he may escape from it.
      - Lucian

Lord God, I thank Thee that Thou hast been pleased to make me a poor and indigent man upon earth. I have neither house nor land nor money, to leave behind me. Thou hast given me wife and children, whom I now restore to Thee. Lord, nourish, teach, and preserve them as Thou hast me.
      - Martin Luther

Things come to the poor that can't get in at the door of the rich. Their money somehow blocks it up. It is a great privilege to be poor--one that no man covets, and brat a very few have sought to retain, but one that yet many have learned to prize.
      - George MacDonald

O grant me, heav'n, a middle state,
  Neither too humble nor too great;
    More than enough for nature's ends,
      With something left to treat my friends.
      - David Mallet (originally Malloch)

Sometimes it falls upon a generation to be great. You can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.
  Of course the task will not be easy. But not to do this would be a crime against humanity, against which I ask all humanity now to rise up.
      - Nelson Mandela,
        in a speech at Trafalgar Square

If you are poor now, Aemilianus, you will always be poor. Riches are now given to none but the rich.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, ep. 8)

To have nothing is not poverty.
  [Lat., Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.]
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (XI, 32, 8)

The rich will do everything for the poor but get off their backs.
      - Karl Marx

Do not presume, well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed, to criticize the poor.
      - Herman Melville

The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
  [Fr., La pauvrete des biens est aysee a guerir; la pauvrete de l'ame, impossible.]
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Essays
         (III, 10)

Perhaps a reasonable apprehension of poverty is more paralyzing than the reality.
      - James Cotter Morison

How the sting of poverty, or small means, is gone when one keeps house for one's own comfort and not for the comfort of one's neighbors.
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik)

Rattle his bones over the stones!
  He's only a pauper whom nobody owns.
      - Thomas Noel, The Pauper's Drive

It is a kind of blindness--poverty. We can only grope through life when we are poor, hitting and maiming ourselves against every angle.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Ants do no bend their ways to empty barns, so no friend will visit the place of departed wealth.
  [Lat., Horrea formicae tendunt ad inania nunquam
    Nullus ad amissas ibit amicus opes.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Tristium
         (I, 9, 9)

That man is to be accounted poor, of whatever rank he be, and suffers the pains of poverty, whose expenses exceed his resources; and no man is, properly speaking, poor, but he.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

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