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It is easy to romanticize poverty, to see poor people as inherently lacking agency and will. It is easy to strip them of human dignity, to reduce them to objects of pity. This has never been clearer than in the view of Africa from the American media, in which we are shown poverty and conflicts without any context.

Tags: Human, Poverty  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In India, it's the rich who have problems with obesity. And the poor are darker-skinned because they work outside and often work without their tops on so you can see their ribs.

Tags: Rich, Work  ✍ Author: Aravind Adiga

Proletarian language is dictated by hunger. The poor chew words to fill their bellies.

Tags: Language, Words  ✍ Author: Theodor Adorno

Outside show is a poor substitute for inner worth.

Tags: Show, Worth  ✍ Author: Sade Adu

There's something really great and romantic about being poor and sleeping on couches.

Tags: Great, Romantic  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

The rich swell up with pride, the poor from hunger.

Tags: Pride, Rich  ✍ Author: Sholom Aleichem

The man of science is a poor philosopher.

Tags: Science  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

Tags: Past, Peaceful  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.

Tags: Peaceful, Wars  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

War is a poor chisel to carve out tomorrow.

Tags: Tomorrow, War  ✍ Author: Martin Luther King, Jr.

Who, being loved, is poor?

Tags: Love, Loved  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor. The poor can think of nothing else.

Tags: Money, Rich  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.

Tags: Experience, Rich  ✍ Author: Thomas Jefferson

How poor are they that have not patience! What wound did ever heal but by degrees?

Tags: Patience, Wound  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

Poor and content is rich, and rich enough.

Tags: Enough, Rich  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men's cottage princes' palaces.

Tags: Good, Men  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player, that struts and frets his hour upon the stage, and then is heard no more; it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

Tags: Idiot, Life  ✍ Author: William Shakespeare

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colours. I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.

Tags: Cannot, Sorry  ✍ Author: Winston Churchill

Riches are a good hand maiden, but a poor mistress.

Tags: Good, Mistress  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.

Tags: Anger, Men  ✍ Author: Francis Bacon

Gerald Boyd was a classic specimen of the self-made man. Born poor, he worked and studied his way up out of poverty under the guidance of his widowed grandmother.

Tags: Born, Poverty  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

Pride in the case of a rich man is bad, but pride in the case of a poor man is worse.

Tags: Bad, Rich  ✍ Author: Tammy Faye Bakker

Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.

Tags: Anyone, Poverty  ✍ Author: James A. Baldwin

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.

Tags: Positive, Reason  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

A man is a poor creature compared to a woman.

Tags: Compared, Woman  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac
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But the fact that we had to devalue by 40% at once means that Malawians are feeling the shock, the impact of that huge devaluation and particularly rural people, the poor are the ones that are going to be most affected. That is why there is the austerity plan.

Tags: Feeling, Why  ✍ Author: George Bancroft

He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.

Tags: According, Rich  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher

You cannot sift out the poor from the community. The poor are indispensable to the rich.

Tags: Cannot, Rich  ✍ Author: Henry Ward Beecher

The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.

Tags: Honest, Remain  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.

Tags: Religion, Rich  ✍ Author: Napoleon Bonaparte

If we command our wealth, we shall be rich and free; if our wealth commands us, we are poor indeed.

Tags: Free, Rich  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke

The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.

Tags: Friend, Life  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

I've always enjoyed poor health.

Tags: Enjoyed, Health  ✍ Author: Taylor Caldwell

In 1970 I realized that there was negligible risk from x-rays but many radiographs had poor image quality so that the risk from a false negative was significant.

Tags: Negative, Risk  ✍ Author: James Cameron

I mostly write about the working poor. Somehow, they're not being written about much anymore. I'm very interested in people who are in a situation that needs a little puzzling out. The thing that gets me started on a story is a person in a tough situation.

Tags: Tough, Working  ✍ Author: Billy Campbell

So I really would like to see both parties respond to the poor with greater commitment. But I've got to tell you, the Democrats, I feel, are doing a better job in that respect than Republicans are.

Tags: Job, Respect  ✍ Author: Thomas Campion

I teach at Eastern University, which is highly committed to doing work among the poor and the oppressed peoples of the world. We have a special commitment to the city.

Tags: Special, Work  ✍ Author: Thomas Campion

The reason why I buy into the Democratic Party more than the Republican Party is because there are over 2,000 verses of Scripture that deal with responding to the needs of the poor.

Tags: Reason, Why  ✍ Author: Thomas Campion

Of the 22 industrialized nations of the world, we're dead last in per capita giving to poor people.

Tags: Dead, Giving  ✍ Author: Thomas Campion

I applaud the growing commitment of Evangelicals to the needs of the poor and oppressed in urban America.

Tags: America, Growing  ✍ Author: Thomas Campion

You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.

Tags: Rich, Trade  ✍ Author: Albert Camus

Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.

Tags: Experience, Honest  ✍ Author: Benjamin Cardozo

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.

Tags: Company, Matter  ✍ Author: Thomas Carlyle

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.

Tags: Intelligence, Memory  ✍ Author: Lewis Carroll

The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.

Tags: Rich, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Men feel that cruelty to the poor is a kind of cruelty to animals. They never feel that it is an injustice to equals; nay it is treachery to comrades.

Tags: Injustice, Men  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.

Tags: Give, Perfect  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

Poor is the pupil who does not surpass his master.

Tags: Master, Pupil  ✍ Author: DMX

I'd get more applause than some because I was just seventeen. If they didn't clap at the end of my act I would limp off stage and boy would they feel guilty. They would all burst into tremendous applause as they saw this poor cripple kid walking off.

Tags: End, Off  ✍ Author: Jim Dale

When people get at each other's throat, the rich and the poor and the Left and the Right and so on, and you have a basic breakdown, that becomes very threatening.

Tags: Left, Rich  ✍ Author: Salvador Dali

We weren't wealthy but we definitely weren't poor. We were incredibly rich because there was a wonderful community in Shepherd's Bush, where I grew up. All my friends were into villainy and crime.

Tags: Friends, Rich  ✍ Author: Roger Daltrey

I wanted to raise the voice of a lot of the people that I knew growing up, and this was, for the most part, poor people who had extraordinary dreams but also very amazing obstacles.

Tags: Amazing, Dreams  ✍ Author: Edwidge Danticat

Christ preferred the poor; ever since I have been converted so have I.

Tags: Christ, Since  ✍ Author: John Nelson Darby

If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.

Tags: Great, Nature  ✍ Author: Charles Darwin

Poor people, people of color - especially are much more likely to be found in prison than in institutions of higher education.

Tags: Education, Found  ✍ Author: Angela Davis

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.

Tags: Makes, Rich  ✍ Author: Ellen DeGeneres

They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?

Tags: Happy, Rich  ✍ Author: Princess Diana

Oh the nerves, the nerves; the mysteries of this machine called man! Oh the little that unhinges it, poor creatures that we are!

Tags: Machine, Oh  ✍ Author: Charles Dickens

He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.

Tags: Spirit, Words  ✍ Author: Emily Dickinson

The poor man wishes to conceal his poverty, and the rich man his wealth: the former fears lest he be despised, the latter lest he be plundered.

Tags: Poverty, Rich  ✍ Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

There should be more booing in shops and restaurants and places like that when when the service is bad. If you've had a poor breakfast in a hotel, you should put your knife and fork down and boo.

Tags: Bad, Put  ✍ Author: Billy Eckstine

Individually the poor are not too tempting to thieves, for obvious reasons. Mug a banker and you might score a wallet containing a month's rent. Mug a janitor and you will be lucky to get away with bus fare to flee the crime scene.

Tags: Away, Might  ✍ Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Lenders, including major credit companies as well as payday lenders, have taken over the traditional role of the street-corner loan shark, charging the poor insanely high rates of interest.

Tags: High, Interest  ✍ Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

I have found out in later years that we were very poor, but the glory of America is that we didn't know it then.

Tags: America, Found  ✍ Author: Dwight D. Eisenhower

I would make a poor vegetarian because I adore meat.

Tags: Meat, Vegetarian  ✍ Author: Britt Ekland

One must be poor to know the luxury of giving!

Tags: Giving, Luxury  ✍ Author: George Eliot

We are rich only through what we give, and poor only through what we refuse.

Tags: Give, Rich  ✍ Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was poor white trash, no glitter, no glamour, but I'm not ashamed of anything.

Tags: Trash, White  ✍ Author: Eminem

When a man's stomach is full it makes no difference whether he is rich or poor.

Tags: Makes, Rich  ✍ Author: M. C. Escher

Is it right to shoot the poor prostitute or a woman who is unfaithful to her husband, or a man who loves another man?

Tags: Husband, Woman  ✍ Author: Oriana Fallaci

In fact, it seems to me that making strategic alliances across national borders in order to treat HIV among the world's poor is one of the last great hopes of solidarity across a widening divide.

Tags: Great, Treat  ✍ Author: Paul Farmer

I've gone from being quite wealthy, when I was defending women, to being quite poor defending men.

Tags: Men, Women  ✍ Author: Warren Farrell

We are particularly poor at the open economy issues.

Tags: Economy, Open  ✍ Author: Martin Feldstein

The poor man is he who, having much, craves for more.

Tags: Craves  ✍ Author: Allyson Felix

I used to believe, like many people who come from poor backgrounds, that it gave me an edge, but I think that's just something we have to tell ourselves to get by sometimes. I don't believe that anymore. Children of privilege can be just as talented and clever as anybody else.

Tags: Children, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Craig Ferguson

Obama came in and gave $700 billion to the bankers off the top as opposed to giving $700 billion to the poor.

Tags: Giving, Off  ✍ Author: Lupe Fiasco

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.

Tags: Money, Rich  ✍ Author: W. C. Fields

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.

Tags: Business, Money  ✍ Author: Henry Ford

We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.

Tags: Concerned, Poet  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

Tags: Pay, Virtue  ✍ Author: Anatole France

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.

Tags: Life, True  ✍ Author: Anatole France

No one has ever become poor by giving.

Tags: Become, Giving  ✍ Author: Anne Frank

Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.

Tags: Men, Rich  ✍ Author: Benjamin Franklin

Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

Tags: Ashamed, Shame  ✍ Author: Benjamin Franklin

Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.

Tags: Business, Money  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much.

Tags: Craves, Hath  ✍ Author: Thomas Fuller

He is poor indeed that can promise nothing.

Tags: Indeed, Promise  ✍ Author: Thomas Fuller

Poor men's reasons are not heard.

Tags: Heard, Men  ✍ Author: Thomas Fuller

The conspicuously wealthy turn up urging the character building values of the privation of the poor.

Tags: Character, Values  ✍ Author: John Kenneth Galbraith

The walls are the publishers of the poor.

Tags: Publishers, Walls  ✍ Author: Eduardo Galeano

Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused.

Tags: Money, Parents  ✍ Author: Liam Gallagher

An economy growing at 7 percent per year, can and must find the resources to improve the lives of its millions of poor.

Tags: Lives, Year  ✍ Author: Sonia Gandhi

In cities like Athens, poor houses lined narrow and tortuous streets in spite of luxurious public buildings.

Tags: Public, Spite  ✍ Author: Stephen Gardiner

I am a poor hater.

Tags: Hater  ✍ Author: James A. Garfield

My parents came from a poor background and worked their way up because of education. They saw it as a way to succeed. So they cared about me getting straight A grades when I was growing up.

Tags: Education, Parents  ✍ Author: Jennifer Garner

The general idea of the rich helping the poor, I think, is important.

Tags: Idea, Rich  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

Now, we put out a lot of carbon dioxide every year, over 26 billion tons. For each American, it's about 20 tons. For people in poor countries, it's less than one ton. It's an average of about five tons for everyone on the planet. And, somehow, we have to make changes that will bring that down to zero.

Tags: Everyone, Put  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

The historical basis for the gap between the black middle class and underclass shows that ending discrimination, by itself, would not eradicate black poverty and dysfunction. We also need intervention to promulgate a middle-class ethic of success among the poor, while expanding opportunities for economic betterment.

Tags: Black, Success  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

Politicians will not put forth programs aimed at the problems of poor blacks while their turnout remains so low.

Tags: Problems, Put  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

Outsiders tend to be the first to recognize the inadequacies of our social institutions. But, precisely because they are outsiders, they are usually in a poor position to fix them.

Tags: Position, Social  ✍ Author: Atul Gawande
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