Quotations About / On:
As poverty has been reduced in terms of mere survival, it has become more profound in terms of our way of life.
(Raoul Vaneigem (b. 1934), Belgian Situationist philosopher. repr. In Situationist International Anthology, ed. K. Knabb (1981). "Basic Banalities I," Internationale Situationiste 7 (April 1962).)
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.)
Literary tradition is full of lies about povertythe jolly beggar, the poor but happy milkmaid, the wholesome diet of porridge, etc.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
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).)
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. "Cockneys and Their Jokes," All Things Considered (1908).)
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).)
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.")
The poverty from which I have suffered could be diagnosed as "Soho" poverty. It comes from having the airs and graces of a genius and no talent.
(Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 7 (1968).)