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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, Poor  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americans think African writers will write about the exotic, about wildlife, poverty, maybe AIDS. They come to Africa and African books with certain expectations.

Tags: Books, Write  ✍ Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.

Tags: Change, Nations  ✍ Author: Muhammad Ali

Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.

Tags: Financial, Money  ✍ Author: Woody Allen

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty: permit the distinctive sign of our order to be that it does not possess anything of its own beneath the sun, for the glory of your name, and that it have no other patrimony than begging.

Tags: Order, Sun  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

Poverty is the mother of crime.

Tags: Crime, Mother  ✍ Author: Isaac Asimov

Poverty is a veil that obscures the face of greatness. An appeal is a mask covering the face of tribulation.

Tags: Face, Greatness  ✍ Author: Khalil Gibran

He is now rising from affluence to poverty.

Tags: Affluence, Rising  ✍ Author: Mark Twain

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.

Tags: Eat, Everybody  ✍ Author: Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.

Tags: Feeling, Loneliness  ✍ Author: Mother Teresa

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.

Tags: Greatest, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Mother Teresa

For as long as our people are held hostage by controllable socio-economic forces, we cannot afford to be indifferent to the ravages of poverty in all its dimensions and ramifications.

Tags: Cannot, Forces  ✍ Author: Ibrahim Babangida

Poverty is an anomaly to rich people; it is very difficult to make out why people who want dinner do not ring the bell.

Tags: Rich, Why  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

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, Poor  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

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

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

When you have a spiritual foundation, you look at poverty differently then.

Tags: Foundation, Spiritual  ✍ Author: Dennis Banks

A true revolution of values will soon look uneasily on the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth.

Tags: Revolution, True  ✍ Author: Lloyd Banks

I have always had a horror and detestation of poverty.

Tags: Horror  ✍ Author: Taylor Caldwell

On the one hand we have got to ask, are there some areas of universal benefits that are no longer affordable? But on the other hand let us look at the issue of dependency where we have trapped people in poverty through the extent of welfare that they have.

Tags: Ask, Hand  ✍ Author: David Cameron

Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.

Tags: Luxury, Opposite  ✍ Author: Coco Chanel

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Tags: Country, Wealth  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.

Tags: Humor, Laughter  ✍ Author: Bill Cosby

Hispanic children now make the largest group of children in poverty.

Tags: Children, Group  ✍ Author: Mario Diaz-Balart

Under normal circumstances, if the centerpiece of a president's campaign is helping the disadvantaged and we are our brother's keeper, the idea that this same guy has an actual brother living in third-world poverty without any help from Obama, this would have been on the cover of 'The New York Times.' But none of them are touching it.

Tags: Help, Living  ✍ Author: Dinesh D\'Souza

I live 50 miles from London and we've got some of the highest levels of teenage and childhood poverty in the country. It's disgusting. Just because it's a rural area, it gets forgotten.

Tags: Childhood, Country  ✍ Author: Roger Daltrey
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The native American has been generally despised by his white conquerors for his poverty and simplicity.

Tags: American, Simplicity  ✍ Author: Charles Eastman

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: Poor, Rich  ✍ Author: Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

Far less wealthy industrialized countries have committed to end child poverty, while the United States is sliding backwards. We can do better. We must demand that our leaders do better.

Tags: Child, End  ✍ Author: Marian Wright Edelman

Both chronic, long-term poverty and downward mobility from the middle class are in the same category of things that America likes not to think about.

Tags: America, Both  ✍ Author: Barbara Ehrenreich

Anywhere you have extreme poverty and no national health insurance, no promise of health care regardless of social standing, that's where you see the sharp limitations of market-based health care.

Tags: Care, Health  ✍ Author: Paul Farmer

There is no scandal like rags, nor any crime so shameful as poverty.

Tags: Crime, Nor  ✍ Author: King Farouk

Without Social Security, poverty rates for African American seniors would more than double.

Tags: American, Social  ✍ Author: Chaka Fattah

Money can't buy poverty.

Tags: Buy, Money  ✍ Author: Marty Feldman

It's great to see countries like China and India lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty by essentially copying Western ways of doing things.

Tags: Great, Ways  ✍ Author: Niall Ferguson

Capital punishment is as fundamentally wrong as a cure for crime as charity is wrong as a cure for poverty.

Tags: Crime, Wrong  ✍ Author: Henry Ford

Richness in the world is a result of other people's poverty. We should begin to shorten the abyss between haves and have-nots.

Tags: Between, Result  ✍ Author: Eduardo Galeano

You can't put a load of rockstars up on a stage and expect to wipe out global poverty. That's ludicrous.

Tags: Expect, Put  ✍ Author: Noel Gallagher

Poverty is the worst form of violence.

Tags: Violence, Worst  ✍ Author: Mahatma Gandhi

Medicare is a promise we made to seniors more than four decades ago. When President Johnson signed Medicare into law, one in three seniors lived in poverty. Half of seniors had no health coverage at all.

Tags: Health, Law  ✍ Author: John Garamendi

I read somewhere that 77 per cent of all the mentally ill live in poverty. Actually, I'm more intrigued by the 23 per cent who are apparently doing quite well for themselves.

Tags: Read, Themselves  ✍ Author: Jerry Garcia

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.

Tags: Politics, Talent  ✍ Author: John W. Gardner

I have seen firsthand that agricultural science has enormous potential to increase the yields of small farmers and lift them out of hunger and poverty.

Tags: Science, Small  ✍ Author: Bill Gates

The Right insists that anyone can escape poverty by working hard but that is simply not the case.

Tags: Hard, Working  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

First we have to recognize that the cause of poverty is both structural and behavioral. And the first thing about the behavior part is that we need a moral revolution within the African American community. Look - no white racist makes you get pregnant when you are a black teenager.

Tags: Black, Revolution  ✍ Author: Henry Louis Gates

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.

Tags: Envy, Mean  ✍ Author: Lou Holtz

He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.

Tags: Capable, Free  ✍ Author: Victor Hugo

Liberalism, above all, means emancipation - emancipation from one's fears, his inadequacies, from prejudice, from discrimination, from poverty.

Tags: Above, Means  ✍ Author: Hubert H. Humphrey

Extreme poverty threatens people's right to life itself and makes impossible the enjoyment of the rights and freedoms essential to a humane way of life.

Tags: Impossible, Life  ✍ Author: Daisaku Ikeda

As a result of the current universal benefit, the poverty rate for seniors in America is about 10%. Without the universal benefit, it would be over 50%.

Tags: America, Result  ✍ Author: Steve Israel

Since Social Security was established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1935 to ensure economic security for American workers, poverty among American seniors has dramatically declined.

Tags: American, Social  ✍ Author: Steve Israel

The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead - everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real.

Tags: Government, Real  ✍ Author: Brandon T. Jackson

So much talent comes from the base of poverty and those in the margins. You limit the base, you miss too much talent.

Tags: Miss, Talent  ✍ Author: Jesse Jackson

Armchair poverty tourism has been around as long as authors have written about class. As an author, I have struggled myself with the nuances of writing about poverty without reducing any community to a catalog of its difficulties.

Tags: Community, Writing  ✍ Author: Kay Redfield Jamison

The global phenomenon of poverty tourism - or 'poorism' - has become increasingly popular during the past few years. Tourists pay to be guided through the favelas of Brazil and the shantytowns of South Africa. The recently opened Los Angeles Gang Tour carries visitors through battle-scarred territories of urban violence and deprivation.

Tags: Become, Past  ✍ Author: Kay Redfield Jamison

Poverty must not be a bar to learning and learning must offer an escape from poverty.

Tags: Escape, Learning  ✍ Author: Lyndon B. Johnson

This administration here and now declares unconditional war on poverty.

Tags: Here, War  ✍ Author: Lyndon B. Johnson

When I was young, poverty was so common that we didn't know it had a name.

Tags: Name, Young  ✍ Author: Lyndon B. Johnson

All the arguments which are brought to represent poverty as no evil show it evidently to be a great evil.

Tags: Evil, Great  ✍ Author: Samuel Johnson

The burden of poverty isn't just that you don't always have the things you need, it's the feeling of being embarrassed every day of your life, and you'd do anything to lift that burden.

Tags: Feeling, Life  ✍ Author: Jay-Z

Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.

Tags: Human, Violence  ✍ Author: Abdul Kalam

It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism.

Tags: Causes, Terrorism  ✍ Author: Robert D. Kaplan

People who go to work every day and perform the services essential to keeping our economy functioning deserve to live above the poverty level.

Tags: Deserve, Work  ✍ Author: Marcy Kaptur

The internal conditions in Iran are worsening in all aspects. Poverty and unemployment are becoming more severe, despite the fact that Iran has turned into a developed and industrialized country.

Tags: Country, Fact  ✍ Author: Moshe Katsav

I believe that, as long as there is plenty, poverty is evil.

Tags: Evil, Plenty  ✍ Author: Robert Kennedy

There's a real sense of desperation when you grow up in poverty.

Tags: Real, Sense  ✍ Author: Ray LaMontagne

Poverty is the frontier we have to be able to cross.

Tags: Able, Cross  ✍ Author: Ricardo Lagos

To be a star is to own the world and all the people in it. After a taste of stardom, everything else is poverty.

Tags: After, Else  ✍ Author: Hedy Lamarr

My Scottish Labour Party is a crusade - to fight poverty, inequality and injustice.

Tags: Fight, Injustice  ✍ Author: Johann Lamont

Countries should think of Haiti not as a place where to do charity but a place where to invest and do business. And doing business in Haiti means poverty reduction.

Tags: Business, Place  ✍ Author: Laurent Lamothe

The two big advantages I had at birth were to have been born wise and to have been born in poverty.

Tags: Big, Wise  ✍ Author: Sophia Loren

I am still a socialist. I am a left-of-center politician. I believe that in Africa, if you see the poverty around us, you can't afford to be anything else.

Tags: Africa, Else  ✍ Author: John Dramani Mahama

Anticipate charity by preventing poverty.

Tags: Anticipate, Charity  ✍ Author: Maimonides

And if you look at the reality in the United States, where you have more than 40 million people below the poverty line and 42 million on food stamps, and then you look at poverty around the world, clearly the way we're running the engine of capitalism is not serving us well.

Tags: Food, Reality  ✍ Author: Daniel Mainwaring

Brands must have a point of view on that purposeful engagement, whether it's directed towards the environment, poverty, water as a resource or causes such as breast cancer or education. Merely declaring your commitment to a category or cause will not be enough the distinguish your brand sufficiently to see a return on these well-intended efforts.

Tags: Education, Enough  ✍ Author: Daniel Mainwaring

There are many people in South Africa who are rich and who can share those riches with those not so fortunate who have not been able to conquer poverty.

Tags: Able, Rich  ✍ Author: Nelson Mandela

I worked my way up from nothing to a state of extreme poverty.

Tags: State, Worked  ✍ Author: Groucho Marx

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.

Tags: Common, Poor  ✍ Author: H. L. Mencken

Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of soul, impossible.

Tags: Impossible, Soul  ✍ Author: Michel de Montaigne

Because Social Security is specifically designed to boost the retirement income of low earners with a progressive benefit formula, the program has played an enormous and necessary role in keeping Latinas out of poverty.

Tags: Security, Social  ✍ Author: Grace Napolitano

As of today, we do not need expert reports by the authoritative analytical institutions to realise that the reasons for such a situation in our community lie in global inequality, poverty and illiteracy.

Tags: Lie, Today  ✍ Author: Kunal Nayyar

I think most art comes out of poverty and hard times.

Tags: Art, Hard  ✍ Author: Willie Nelson

If all of us acted in unison as I act individually there would be no wars and no poverty. I have made myself personally responsible for the fate of every human being who has come my way.

Tags: Act, Human  ✍ Author: Anais Nin

In their poverty, the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel.

Tags: God, Hold  ✍ Author: Henri Nouwen

There was no pomp and ceremony in connection with the birth of Jesus - rather the opposite: it took place in simplicity and in poverty.

Tags: Jesus, Place  ✍ Author: Keith O\'Brien

My first hero, as a teenager, was James Connolly. I remember discovering that he was a feminist, and that was an eye-opener, coming from a man of such poverty.

Tags: Hero, Remember  ✍ Author: Frances O\'Grady

You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.

Tags: Giving, Money  ✍ Author: P. J. O\'Rourke

Most organizations should be pro-active, but philanthropists concerned with poverty should deliberately be reactive, learning from the efforts of ordinary folks who tired of looking the other way as their communities fell apart.

Tags: Learning, Tired  ✍ Author: Marvin Olasky

I think that America in general is piratical. Every time we accept a paycheck for doing almost nothing, allowing us to live above the poverty line, we're engaging in piracy.

Tags: America, Time  ✍ Author: Will Oldham

It's hard for me to imagine a philosopher disconnected from the world, indifferent to the cares of his country, unmoved by poverty, unemployment: I am a committed citizen.

Tags: Country, Hard  ✍ Author: Michel Onfray

It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.

Tags: Debt, God  ✍ Author: Joel Osteen

People see poverty all around them in India, but they are desensitized or immune to it. I came to the conclusion that poverty is driven by lack of education.

Tags: Education, Lack  ✍ Author: Mohnish Pabrai

I know what poverty is.

 ✍ Author: Manny Pacquiao

To say that any people are not fit for freedom, is to make poverty their choice, and to say they had rather be loaded with taxes than not.

Tags: Freedom, Rather  ✍ Author: Thomas Paine

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.

Tags: Society, Standard  ✍ Author: Theodore Parker

Our goal of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth that embraces the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society can be achieved when our actions are guided by a social conscience and are not devoid of sensitivity.

Tags: Goal, Society  ✍ Author: Pratibha Patil

The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.

Tags: Community, Nor  ✍ Author: Sylvia Plath

The essence of Africa's crisis is fundamentally its extreme poverty.

Tags: Africa, Crisis  ✍ Author: Jeffrey Sachs

The market economy is deeply congruent with the values set out in the Hebrew Bible. Material prosperity is a divine blessing. Poverty crushes the spirit as well as the body, and its alleviation is a sacred task. Work is a noble calling.

Tags: Blessing, Work  ✍ Author: Jonathan Sacks

At the current $5.15 an hour, the federal minimum wage has become a poverty wage. A full-time worker with one child lives below the official poverty line.

Tags: Become, Child  ✍ Author: Bernie Sanders

Dire poverty drives this mother back again to the factory (no intelligent person will say she goes willingly).

Tags: Again, Mother  ✍ Author: Margaret Sanger
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