Quotations About / On:
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.
(Woody Allen (b. 1935), U.S. filmmaker. "The Early Essays," Without Feathers (1976).)
"It's a wery remarkable circumstance, sir", said Sam, "that poverty and oysters seems to go together."
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Sam Weller in The Pickwick Papers, ch. 22, p. 301 (1837).)
Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.
(Anzia Yezierska (c. 1881-1970), Polish author. Red Ribbon on a White Horse, ch. 9 (1950).
Of Poland, in letter from Boruch Shlomoe Mayer to Anzia Yezierska.)
Modernized by tin roofs and T-shirts, Third World poverty is no longer picturesque.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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).)
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.)
In going to America one learns that poverty is not a necessary accompaniment to civilisation.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lecture, July 10, 1883. "Personal Impressions of America.")
Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Ponds," Walden (1854).)
I find helping an indigent to stand on his own, a more invigorating and self-cleansing pursuit than talking lifelong about poverty.
(Prasanna Mishra, born in 1942, is from India. He lives in Bhubaneswar. A former civil servant, he is a social activist and is also a columnist.)