Quotations About / On:
I have no desire for riches. Honest poverty and a conscience torpid through virtuous inaction are more to me than corner lots and praise.
(Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. 1881. "A Cat Tale," p. 769, Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays, 1852-1890, Library of America (1992).)
Poverty is an anomaly to rich people. It is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.
(Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. (Article originally published 1858). The Waverley Novels, vol. 2, Literary Studies (1878).)
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).)
Clothes make the poor invisible.... America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.
(Michael Harrington (1928-1989), U.S. social scientist, author. The Other America, ch. 1, sct. 1 (1962).)
Poverty, to be picturesque, should be rural. Suburban misery is as hideous as it is pitiable.
(Anthony Trollope (1815-1882), British novelist. The Macdermots of Ballycloran, vol. 3, ch. ix, London, T.C. Newby (1847).)
We have two useless gods who never leave our island, but like to dwell in it constantly, Poverty and Helplessness.
(Herodotus (c. 484-424 B.C.), Greek historian. The Histories, 8.111.2.)
False shame accompanies a man that is poor, shame that either harms a man greatly or profits him; shame is with poverty, but confidence with wealth.
(Hesiod (c. 8th century B.C.), Greek didactic poet. Works and Days, 317.)
Liberalism, above all, means emancipationemancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination ... from poverty.
(Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, March 29, 1967, New York City.)
Except for poverty, incompatibility, opposition of parents, absence of love on one side and of desire to marry on both, nothing stands in the way of our happy union.
(Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. "The Journal of Cyril Connolly 1928-1937," p. 159, published in David Pryce-Jones, Journal and Memoir (1983).)
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).)