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  • The government's War on Poverty has transformed poverty from a short-term misfortune into a career choice.

  • I choose the poverty of our poor people. But I am grateful to receive it (the Nobel) in the name of the hungry, the naked, the homeless, of the crippled, of the blind, of the lepers, of all those people who feel unwanted, unloved, uncared for throughout society, people that have become a burden to the society and are shunned by everyone.

    Grateful   Names   People  
  • I am so proud to be from New Orleans and to be one of those people who had been displaced. I wasn't there during that time, but that's where I come from, that kind of poverty, and I'm very, very proud of that because it's given me my history.

    "Tyler Perry, Taking Madea from Stage to Page". "Talk of the Nation" with Michel Martin, www.npr.org. April 12, 2006.
  • The Democrat Party is threatened by people whose economic circumstances improve to the point that they do not need government first and foremost. That's a threat. But this happens when the U.S. economy is humming. There is a lot of upward mobility, and people leave the lower depths of poverty and start traversing a pathway through the middle class to the upper middle class, and as they leave, the Democrats have to replace them. That is what illegal immigration has been since 1965 when Ted Kennedy reintroduced the whole concept after 40 years of no immigration from 1921 to 1965.

  • a call girl is simply someone who hates poverty more than she hates sin.

    Girl   Hate   Poverty  
  • There is a saying that no man has tasted the full flavour of life until he has known poverty, love and war. The justness of this reflection commends it to the lover of condensed philosophy. The three conditions embrace about all there is in life worth knowing. A surface thinker might deem that wealth should be added to the list. Not so. When a poor man finds a long-hidden quarter-dollar that has slipped through a rip into his vest lining, he sounds the pleasure of life with a deeper plummet than any millionaire can hope to cast.

    Philosophy   War   Rip  
    O. Henry (2013). “Delphi Complete Works of O. Henry (Illustrated)”, p.621, Delphi Classics
  • The scientific community having made a rapid ascent from deep poverty to great affluence, from academe's cloisters to Washington's high councils, still tends to be a bit excitable - not unlike a nouveau riche in a fluctuating market.

    Daniel S. Greenberg (1999). “The Politics of Pure Science”, p.288, University of Chicago Press
  • I came from abject poverty. There was nowhere to go but up.

    "Kirk Douglas: What I've Learned" by Mike Sager, www.esquire.com. January 29, 2007.
  • Collectively, we activists are essential to advancing U.S. policy to help empower marginalized people to lift themselves and their communities out of poverty for good.

    "Time for Passion and Strategy on Climate Change" by Michael Franti, www.huffingtonpost.com. May 26, 2009.
  • The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.

    Inaugural Address, delivered 20 January 1961
  • There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.

    War   Winning   Class  
    "In Class Warfare, Guess Which Class Is Winning". New York Times Magazine, www.nytimes.com. November 26, 2006.
  • Growth is improving the lot of the poor in many countries, reducing poverty by half since 1981. Freer trade could accelerate progress.

  • It's the anarchy of poverty delights me, the old yellow wooden house indented among the new brick tenements

    Yellow   House   Delight  
    William Carlos Williams, Charles Tomlinson (1985). “Selected Poems”, p.129, New Directions Publishing
  • The right of individual property is no doubt the very corner-stone of civilization, as hitherto understood; but I am a little impatient of being told that property is entitled to exceptional consideration because it bears all the burdens of the state. It bears those, indeed, which can be most easily borne, but poverty pays with its person the chief expenses of war, pestilence, and famine.

    James Russell Lowell (1910). “Essays, English and American”
  • In any country where talent and virtue produce no advancement, money will be the national god. Its inhabitants will either have to possess money or make others believe that they do. Wealth will be the highest virtue, poverty the greatest vice.

    Country   Believe   Vices  
    "Selected Writings". Book by Lester G. Crocker, 1966.
  • Rap's conscious response to the poverty and oppression of U.S. blacks is like some hideous parody of sixties black pride.

    Rap   Pride   Black  
    Interview With Larry McCaffery, www.dalkeyarchive.com. 1993.
  • It's very interesting, if you look at a study that was done by the Brookings Institute back in 2009, they determined that if Americans do three things, they can avoid poverty. Three things. Work, graduate from high school, and get married before you have children.

  • ... nothing seems completely to differentiate the poor but poverty. We find no adjectives to fit them, as a whole, only those of which Want is the mother. "Miserable" covers many; "shabby" most, and I am sadly aware that, in a large majority of minds, "disagreeable" includes them all.

    Mother   Mind   Majority  
    Albion Fellows Bacon (1914). “Beauty for Ashes, by Albion Fellows Bacon; with Numerous Illustrations”
  • Twenty per cent of American children grow up in poverty, and that means they get inadequate nutrition, inadequate health care, and because we have a very local education system, they get inadequate access to education. With those as a starting base, you perpetuate inequality. That's why, here in New York, Mayor de Blasio has made a big deal of trying to focus on preschool education, because by five years old, there are already huge differences. We've finally begun to recognize it.

    Source: www.macleans.ca
  • Selfishness comes from poverty in the heart, from the belief that love is not abundant.

    Selfish   Heart   Love Is  
  • We must begin by acknowledging that there is a complete absence of two things in Indian Society. One of these is equality. On the social plane we have an India based on the principles of graded inequality, which means elevation for some and degradation for others. On the economic plane we have a society in which there are some who have immense wealth as against many who live in abject poverty.

    Mean   Two   Poverty  
  • Any time you have poverty, joblessness, sub-par public schools, and a lack of opportunity, you're going to have a high rate of crime.

    Interview with Keith Phipps, www.avclub.com. September 19, 2001.
  • As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.

    Life   Peace   Simple  
    Henry David Thoreau (2013). “Quotable Thoreau: An A to Z Glossary of Inspiring Quotations from Henry David Thoreau”, p.88, BookBaby
  • Society can transport money from rich to poor only in a leaky bucket

    Buckets   Poverty   Rich  
  • Give me the poverty that enjoys true wealth.

    Giving   Poverty   Wealth  
    Henry David Thoreau (2014). “Citizen Thoreau: Walden, Civil Disobedience, Life Without Principle, Slavery in Massachusetts, A Plea for Captain John Brown”, p.121, Graphic Arts Books
  • This is the first generation in all of recorded history that can do something about the scourge of poverty. We have the means to do it. We can banish hunger from the face of the earth.

  • My family kinda hit the skids. We were experiencing poverty at that point. We all got a job, where the whole family had to work as security guards and janitors. And I just got angry.

  • For, when you are approaching poverty, you make one discovery which outweighs some of the others. You discover boredom and mean complications and the beginnings of hunger, but you also discover the great redeeming feature of poverty: the fact that it annihilates the future. Within certain limits, it is actually true that the less money you have, the less you worry.

    Mean   Discovery   Worry  
    George Orwell (2012). “Down and Out in Paris and London”, p.14, Lulu.com
  • The United States cannot feed every person, lift every person out of poverty, cure every disease, or stop every conflict. But our power and status have conferred upon us a tremendous responsibility to humanity.

    Senate Confirmation Hearing: Hillary Clinton, www.nytimes.com. January 13, 2009.
  • I suffered first as a child from discrimination, poverty ... So I think it was a natural follow from that that I should use my camera to speak for people who are unable to speak for themselves.

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