Quotes and proverbs about poverty.

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A dog won't forsake his master because of poverty; a son never deserts his mother because of her homely appearance.

A greedy man is always poor.

A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
W.C. Fields

A young idler, an old beggar.
If you don't work when you are young, you won't have money when you're old.

An excellent appearance, an empty pocket.

Children are a poor man's riches.

Greed keeps men forever poor, even the abundance of this world will not make them rich.

He is as poor as a church mouse.

He that has no fools, knaves nor beggars in his family, was begot by a flash of lightning.
Thomas Fuller

I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and the dirtiest of corners.
Vincent van Gogh

If a rich man ate a snake, they would say it was because of his wisdom; if a poor man ate it, they would say it was because of his stupidity.

If poverty is the mother of crime, stupidity is its father.
Jean De La Bruyere

If wishes were horses, then beggars would ride.
Things do not happen just because you wish them to happen.

In a democracy the poor will have more power than the rich, because there are more of them, and the will of the majority is supreme.

In fact, war may be just another obstacle an enlightened species learns to overcome, like pestilence, hunger, and poverty.
Steven Pinker
Source: Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress

It is a poor horse that is not worth his oats.

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

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

No one has ever become poor by giving.
Anne Frank

Now, more than ever, we need to connect the dots between climate, poverty, energy, food and water. These issues cannot be addressed in isolation.
Ban Ki-moon

Poor men sleep the best.

Poverty waits at the gates of idleness.
If you do not work you will not earn money.

The garden is the poor man's apothecary.

The greatest poorness is the lack of brains.

The most terrible poverty is loneliness, and the feeling of being unloved.
Mother Teresa

The poor lack much, but the greedy more.

When gnats swarm in January, the peasant becomes a beggar.

When poverty come in the door, love goes out the window.

When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.
Bob Dylan

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