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Quotations About / On: POVERTY

  • 1.
    Wealth makes the laws that poverty must obey.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 2.
    Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Walden (1854), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 2, p. 361, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 3.
    Slow rises worth, by poverty depressed:
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British writer. Poverty in London (l. 177). . . Oxford Book of English Verse. Sir Arthur Quille, ed. (1948) Oxford University Press.)
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  • 4.
    Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Ponds," Walden (1854).)
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  • 5.
    The rich are never as possessed by their riches as the poor are by their poverty.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 6.
    Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
    (Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931). Sanger, one of eleven children in a financially stressed family, became the first prominent advocate of birth control and of the dissemination (then illegal) of birth control information.)
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  • 7.
    To marry the Irish is to look for poverty.
    (J.P. (James Patrick) Donleavy (b. 1926), U.S. author. The Ginger Man, ch. 2 (1955).)
  • 8.
    The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
    (H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist. Minority Report: H.L. Mencken's Notebooks, no. 273 (1956).)
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  • 9.
    There's no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.
    (George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. Archer, a "gentleman of broken fortunes," in The Beaux' Stratagem, act 1, sc. 1.)
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  • 10.
    In general, Russia suffers from a frightening poverty in the sphere of facts and a frightening wealth of all types of arguments.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Letter, February 23, 1890, to his editor and friend, A.S. Suvorin. Complete Works and Letters in Thirty Volumes, Letters, vol. 4, p. 24, "Nauka" (1976).)
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