169 Poverty Quotes to Inspire and Empower You Towards Success and Abundance

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Top 10 Poverty Quotes (BEST)

  1. Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. — Aristotle
  2. I would rather be rich affluent and greedy and go to hell when I die, than live in poverty on this earth. — Al Capone
  3. Yes, sin, sickness and disease, spiritual death, poverty and everything else that's of the devil once ruled us. But now, bless God, we rule them - for this is the Day of Dominion! — Kenneth E. Hagin
  4. Poor is a state of mind you never grow out of, but being broke is just a temporary condition. — Dick Gregory
  5. The single greatest effect on student achievement is not race, it is not poverty - it is the effectiveness of the teacher. — Harry Wong
  6. How can wealth persuade poverty to use its political freedom to keep wealth in power? Here lies the whole art of Conservative politics in the twentieth century. — Aneurin Bevan
  7. Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity. — Amartya Sen
  8. Poverty makes people do reckless things, but [the rich] do worse to protect their [interests] — Immortal Technique
  9. Men pray to the Almighty to relieve poverty. But poverty comes not from God's laws-it is blasphemy of the worst kind to say that. Poverty comes from man's injustice to his fellow man. — Leo Tolstoy
  10. The measure of a society is found in how they treat their weakest and most helpless citizens. — Jimmy Carter

The Most Famous Poverty Quotes

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Poverty is unnecessary. — Muhammad Yunus

Poverty devastates families, communities and nations. It causes instability and political unrest and fuels conflict. — Kofi Annan

You never can cure poverty. Poverty is in the eye of the beholder. — Milton Friedman

Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation. — Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. — John Berger

The issue of poverty is not a statistical issue. It is a human issue. — James Wolfensohn

Everywhere you will find that the wealth of the wealthy springs from the poverty of the poor. — Peter Kropotkin

Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . . — Nelson Mandela

We fought a war on poverty, and poverty won — Ronald Reagan

The dirty truth is that the rich are the great cause of poverty. — Michael Parenti

Short Poverty Quotes

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  • Poverty is the worst form of violence. — Mahatma Gandhi
  • Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. — Nelson Mandela
  • Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money. — John Spence
  • Poverty is just a state of mind. — Rahul Gandhi
  • Poverty is the mother of crime. — Marcus Aurelius
  • It is not poverty that we praise, it is the man whom poverty cannot humble or bend. — Seneca
  • Poverty is a thorough instructress in all the arts. [Lat., Paupertas . . . omnes artes perdocet.] — Plautus
  • Anticipate charity by preventing poverty. — Maimonides
  • Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons. — Woody Allen
  • India happens to be a rich country inhabited by very poor people. — Manmohan Singh

Poverty Image Quotes

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Poverty quote by Amartya Sen

Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity. — Amartya Sen

Poverty quote by Voltaire

The comfort of the rich depends upon an abundant supply of the poor. — Voltaire

Poverty quote A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.
Poverty quote by Mae West

Love conquers all things except poverty and toothache. — Mae West

Poverty quote by Mother Theresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. — Mother Theresa

Poverty quote by Matt Damon

You will never solve poverty without solving water and sanitation. — Matt Damon

Poverty quote Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Poverty is the worst form of violence.
Poverty quote by Jordan Belfort

Playing it safe and taking no risks is a shortcut to poverty — Jordan Belfort

Poverty quote by Herbert Simon

A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention. — Herbert Simon

Poverty quote by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

If poverty was to be sold three cents today, i can't buy it. — Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Poverty quote Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Poverty quote by John Spence

Many people are so poor because the only thing they have is money. — John Spence

Poverty quote by Maimonides

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty. — Maimonides

Poverty quote by Doris Day

Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty. — Doris Day

Poverty quote Being broke is temporary, but poverty of mind is permanent.
Being broke is temporary, but poverty of mind is permanent.
Poverty quote by Tupac Shakur

Instead of war on poverty, they got a war on drugs so the police can bother me. — Tupac Shakur

Poverty quote by Rush Limbaugh

Poverty is not the root cause of crime. — Rush Limbaugh

Poverty quote by Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. — Socrates

Poverty quote Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
Poverty quote by Frank McCourt

You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace. — Frank McCourt

Poverty quote by Victor Hugo

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free. — Victor Hugo

Poverty quote When a nation becomes devoid of art and learning, it invites poverty. And when p
When a nation becomes devoid of art and learning, it invites poverty. And when poverty comes it brings in its wake of thousands of crimes.

No Poverty Quotes

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I am no longer cursed by poverty because I took possession of my own mind, and that mind has yielded me every material thing I want, and much more than I need. But this power of mind is a universal one, available to the humblest person as it is to the greatest. — Andrew Carnegie

Nowhere in the world, in no act of genocide, in no war, are so many people killed per minute, per hour and per day as those who are killed by hunger and poverty on our planet. — Fidel Castro

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Playing it safe and taking no risks is a shortcut to poverty — Jordan Belfort

No matter how worthy the cause, it is robbery, theft, and injustice to confiscate the property of one person and give it to another to whom it does not belong. — Walter E. Williams

Tax credits are designed to help people who work hard but who, through no fault of their own, don't earn enough to keep their families out of poverty. — Nicola Sturgeon

The Curse of poverty has no justification in our age...The time has come for us to civilize ourselves by the total, direct and immediate abolition of poverty. — Martin Luther King, Jr.

When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist. — Hélder Câmara

Wealth is no mark of God’s favor. Poverty is no mark of God’s displeasure. — J. C. Ryle

There is no greater wealth than wisdom, no greater poverty than ignorance; no greater heritage than culture and no greater support than consultation. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it. — Rick Bragg

Freedom From Poverty Quotes

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Congress Mukt Bharat BJP ka naara nahi hai, jan jan ka sankalp hai. Be it dynasty politics, nepotism, corruption, communalism, divisions in society or poverty, getting freedom from all this is what I mean by a Congress Mukt Bharat. — Narendra Modi

We speak here of the challenge of the dichotomies of war and peace, violence and non-violence, racism and human dignity, oppression and repression and liberty and human rights, poverty and freedom from want. — Nelson Mandela

Let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is for freedom for all. — Nelson Mandela

Poverty is not only about income levels, but for lack of freedom that comes from physical insecurity — Jacqueline Novogratz

Education And Poverty Quotes

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There is a power under your control that is greater than poverty, greater than the lack of education, greater than all your fears and superstitions combined. It is the power to take possession of your own mind and direct it to whatever ends you may desire. — Andrew Carnegie

A Harris poll I've seen says only 12 percent of the electorate names taxes as one of the most important issues facing the nation. Voters put tax cuts dead last, behind education, Social Security, health care, Medicare and poverty. — Lane Evans

International lending banks need to focus on areas where private investment doesn't go, such as infrastructure projects, education and poverty relief. — Joseph Stiglitz

Peace does not fare well where poverty and deprivation reign. It does not flourish where there is ignorance and a lack of education and information. — Frederik Willem de Klerk

By providing students in our Nation with such an education, we help save our children from the clutches of poverty, crime, drugs, and hopelessness, and we help safeguard our Nation's prosperity for generations yet unborn. — Elijah Cummings

Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every education person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty. — Kathleen Blanco

The very right to be human is denied every day to hundreds of millions of people as a result of poverty, the unavailability of basic necessities such as food, jobs, water and shelter, education, health care and a healthy environment. — Nelson Mandela

We know that there are several predisposing factors to gun violence: poverty, lack of education, lack of good parenting, lack of jobs, living in an environment where violence is seen every day, all the time. And children being born to children are likely to have all of these predisposing factors. — Joycelyn Elders

A quality education has the power to transform societies in a single generation, provide children with the protection they need from the hazards of poverty, labor exploitation and disease, and given them the knowledge, skills, and confidence to reach their full potential. — Audrey Hepburn

Inflation is taking up the poverty line, and poverty is not just economic but defined by way of health and education. — Azim Premji

World Poverty Quotes

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Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. — Nelson Mandela

Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can make someone smile while they're having a piss. — Banksy

As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest. — Nelson Mandela

I believe in a world of justice and human rights for all. A world where girls can grow up free of fear of abuse. A world where women are treated with the respect and dignity that is their right. A world where poverty is not acceptable. My dear young friends, you can make this your world. — Ban Ki-moon

The day that hunger is eradicated from the earth there will be the greatest spiritual explosion the world has ever known. Humanity cannot imagine the joy that will burst into the world. — Federico Garcia Lorca

As we come to know the seriousness of the situation, the war, the racism, the poverty in our world, we come to realize that things will not be changed simply by words or demonstrations. Rather, it's a question of living one's life in a drastically different way. — Dorothy Day

A leader. . .is like a shepherd. He stays behind the flock, letting the most nimble go out ahead, whereupon the others follow, not realizing that all along they are being directed from behind. — Nelson Mandela

Our policy is directed not against any country or doctrine but against hunger, poverty, desperation and chaos. Its purpose should be the revival of a working economy in the world so as to permit the emergence of political and social conditions in which free institutions can exist. — George C. Marshall

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life. — John F. Kennedy

Wars are bred by poverty and oppression. Continued peace is possible only in a relatively free and prosperous world. — George C. Marshall

Ending Poverty Quotes

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It is not great wealth in a few individuals that proves a country is prosperous, but great general wealth evenly distributed among the people. . . — Victoria Woodhull

Peace is something more than the absence of war, although some nations would be thankful for that alone today. A durable and equitable peace system requires equal development opportunities for all nations. — Willy Brandt

To free people from The Matrix. Said another way, we want to end the poverty of poor mindset. — Tom Bilyeu

Rome was not built in a day. As you continue to struggle to make ends meet, somewhere, somehow, you will make it. — Folorunsho Alakija

If printing money would end poverty, printing diplomas would end stupidity. — Javier Milei

Remember, aid cannot achieve the end of poverty. Only homegrown development base on the dynamism of individuals and firms in free markets can do that. — William Easterly

I don't think people understand that being poor means you have to work from dawn until dusk just to survive through the day. I think there's some notion that poor people lie about all day not doing anything. — Emma Thompson

We know that a peaceful world cannot long exist, one-third rich and two-thirds hungry. — Jimmy Carter

Through periodic increases over the next three decades under Democratic and Republican administrations alike, the nation achieved one of the fundamental goals of a just society, which is that no one who works for a living should have to live in poverty. — Edward Kennedy

If we can conquer space, we can conquer childhood hunger. — Buzz Aldrin

Causes Of Poverty Quotes

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Take every penny you have set aside for aid for Tanzania and spend it in the UK, explaining to people the facts and causes of poverty. — Julius Nyerere

Two things cause people to be destroyed: fear of poverty and seeking superiority through pride. — Ali ibn Abi Talib

Capitalists control the machineries. They create difficulties to the workers. Consequently rationalism, which has to lead the way for peaceful life to all, has resulted in causing poverty and worries to the people because of dominating forces. — Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

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Poverty is not the root cause of crime. — Rush Limbaugh

Poverty is a form of hell caused by man's blindness to God's unlimited good for him. You should be prosperous, well supplied and have abundance of good because it is your divine heritage. Your creator wants you that way. — Catherine Ponder

Are we interested in treating the symptoms of poverty and economic stagnation through income redistribution and class warfare, or do we want to go at the root causes of poverty and economic stagnation by promoting pro-growth policies that promote prosperity? — Paul Ryan

We now face severe global headwinds caused by Russia’s appalling war in Ukraine and the aftermath of COVID. Now is the time to tackle the issues that are holding Britain back. — Liz Truss

There are no causes of poverty. To ask what causes poverty is like asking what causes coldit is the absence of energy. Similarly poverty is the absence of wealth. We should ask, ‘what are the causes of wealth?’ — Madsen Pirie

Practically all government attempts to redistribute wealth and income tend to smother productive incentives and lead toward general impoverishment. — Henry Hazlitt

Poverty is caused by sin and disobeying the word of god. — John Hagee

Wealth And Poverty Quotes

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I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil. Government belongs wherever evil needs an adversary and there are people in distress. — Robert Kennedy

You know what the Quran teaches me? The Quran teaches me that an incredibly wealthy man can be a failure (Firaun) and a homeless man can be successful (Prophet Ibrahim). It teaches me that success has nothing to do with wealth and failure has nothing to do with poverty. — Nouman Ali Khan

I recognize that globalization has helped many people rise out of poverty, but it has also damned many others to starve to death. It is true that global wealth is growing in absolute terms, but inequalities have also grown and new poverty arisen. — Pope Francis

There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning. — Warren Buffett

One who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and one who gives gifts to the rich—both come to poverty. — Bible Proverbs

Monetary policy is about the redistribution of wealth and income from the masses to the classes. — Russell Napier

The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few or many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is a democracy. — Aristotle

The measure of the wealth of a nation is indicated by the measure of its protection of its industry; the measure of the poverty of a nation is marked by the degree in which it neglects and abandons the care of its own industry, leaving it exposed to the action of foreign powers. — Henry Clay

Ever since I’ve been saving money and not spending it on jewelry, I’ve been getting way richer. — 21 Savage

It is pretty hard to tell what does bring happiness; poverty and wealth have both failed. — Kin Hubbard

Hunger And Poverty Quotes

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War, poverty, corruption, hunger, misery, human suffering will not change in a monetary system. That is, there will be very little significant change. It’s going to take the redesign of our culture and values. — Jacque Fresco

The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry but they cannot kill ignorance, illnesses, poverty or hunger. — Fidel Castro

Hunger is actually the worst weapon of mass destruction. It claims millions of victims each year. — Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

This must be a world of democracy and respect for human rights, a world freed from the horrors of poverty, hunger, deprivation and ignorance, relieved of the threat and the scourge of civil wars and external aggression and unburdened of the great tragedy of millions forced to become refugees. — Nelson Mandela

It is only luxury and avarice that make poverty grievous to us; for it is a very small matter that does our business, and when we have provided against cold, hunger, and thirst, all the rest is but vanity and excess. — Seneca

When a poor person dies of hunger it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed. — Mother Teresa

Few things have more impact than nutrition on a child's ability to survive, learn effectively and escape a life of poverty. — Ann Veneman

Pay attention to the hungry, both in this country and around the world. Pay attention to the poor. Pay attention to our responsibilities for world peace. We are our brother's keeper. — George McGovern

There is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable. — Hubert H. Humphrey

The forgotten world is made up primarily of the developing nations, where most of the people, comprising more than fifty percent of the total world population, live in poverty, with hunger as a constant companion and fear of famine a continual menace. — Norman Borlaug

Global Poverty Quotes

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A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable — Thabo Mbeki

Live simply so that others may simply live. — Mahatma Gandhi

Global bonds are collapsing in their fiat currencies, which are collapsing against the dollar, which is fast losing purchasing power. It will be months & years before the average fiat user realizes just how much they're getting ruined financially. The new normal is poverty. — Saifedean Ammous

To tackle the underlying roots of violence and conflict, we need a massive international effort to reduce poverty and injustice, and to promote development, democracy and human rights. — Clare Short

In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies. — Ahmed Ben Bella

As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realise that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy. — Nursultan Nazarbayev

Handouts are not going to end global poverty, but work - real work - just might. — Leila Janah

Microfinance stands as one of the most promising and cost-effective tools in the fight against global poverty. — Jonathan Morduch

Helping convene global stakeholders to establish a set of measurable, actionable and consensus-built goals focused on extreme poverty is invaluable. — Bill Gates

Poverty is not natural; it is man-made — Nelson Mandela

Poverty Today Quotes

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The early Church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity. — Leonard Ravenhill

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If poverty was to be sold three cents today, i can't buy it. — Ngugi wa Thiong'o

...Poverty in America today leads not only to anxiety, unhappiness, discomfort and a lack of material goods. It leads to death. Poverty in America today is a death sentence for tens and tens of thousands of our people. — Bernie Sanders

There are millions of children today who don't attend school. However, education is the only way to get ahead in this country. — Azim Premji

In the developed countries there is a poverty of intimacy, a poverty of spirit, of loneliness, of lack of love. There is no greater sickness in the world today than that one. — Mother Teresa

I am but a generation removed from poverty and despair. Where would I be today if there had never been an America? What kind of lives or future would my children have if this was not a land of opportunity? — Marco Rubio

Your poverty today is because of who you are. Want wealth? Let go of your anchors and inhibitions and change yourself. — Robert Kiyosaki

Today people are suffering from poverty, but also from lack of love — Pope Francis

When I am asked, "What, in your view, is the worst human rights problem in the world today?" I reply: "Absolute poverty." This is not the answer most journalists expect. It is neither sexy nor legalistic. But it is true. — Mary Robinson

Today, we live in a world of incredible wealth and technology, alongside the most horrendous conditions of poverty, war and environmental crisis. This is result of capitalism, a system based on prioritizing profits not human need where the wealth is concentrated in the hands of a capitalist elite. — Kshama Sawant

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More Poverty Quotes

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The oil is a gift bestowed by God on the Arab nation, to use after centuries of poverty, backwardness and servitude - in raising its living standards, developing its economic, social and cultural conditions, and building up its own power to meet the challenges and conspiracies besetting it. — Saddam Hussein

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe. — Frederick Douglass

I must remind you that starving a child is violence. Suppressing a culture is violence. Neglecting school children is violence. Punishing a mother and her family is violence. Discrimination against a working man is violence. Ghetto housing is violence. Ignoring medical need is violence. Contempt for poverty is violence. — Coretta Scott King

The last capitalist we hang shall be the one who sold us the rope. — Karl Marx

I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera. — Gordon Parks

The economic issues are most vital for us and it is of the highest importance that we should fight our biggest enemies - Poverty, unemployment. — Lal Bahadur Shastri

In the greatest difficulties, in the heaviest trials, in the deepest poverty and necessities, He has never failed me; but because I was enabled by His grace to trust Him He has always appeared for my help. I delight in speaking well of His name. — George Muller

It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering. — Paramahansa Yogananda

We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without. — Immanuel Kant

Today I see more clearly than yesterday that the back of the problem of race and color lies a greater problem which both obscures and implements it: and that is the fact that so many civilized persons are willing to live in comfort even if the price of this is poverty, ignorance, and disease of the majority of their fellow men. — W. E. B. Du Bois

Is not the festive season when families and friends exchange gifts in memory of The Gift laid on the altar of the world for the redemption of the human race, the most appropriate time to consecrate a portion from abounding riches and scant poverty to send forth the good tidings of great joy into all the earth? — Lottie Moon

I have declared war on the rich who prosper on our poverty, the politicians who lie to us with smiling faces, and all the mindless, heartless, robots who protect them and their property. — Assata Shakur

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. — Benjamin Franklin

In Conclusion

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