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Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier.
Margaret Young
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Poverty is a state in which an individual, group, or population lack essential elements of life within their societies. This usually has the connotation of a lack of basic survival items like food, clothing, shelter, and health care, or the financial means to obtain these, but can also mean having less tangible problems like social exclusion, dependency, and the ability to participate in society. Its exact meaning varies considerably with context and the social environments involved.


  • The poor ye have always with you.
    • Jesus, the Bible, Matthew 26:11, Mark 14:7, and John 12:8
  • The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty.
  • For the first time in our history it is possible to conquer poverty.


  • Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.
  • Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.
  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
  • The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.
  • Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit. And one never really forgets either — everything serves as a constant reminder of it.
  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
  • It's the same the whole world over,
    It's the poor wot gets the blame,
    It's the rich wot gets the gravy.
    Ain't it all a bleedin' shame?
    • Chorus of the song "She was Poor but she was Honest", popular among British Army soldiers during the First World War.
  • If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    • Bernard Baruch


  • Beg help and you will meet with refusals; ask for alms and you will meet with misers.
  • He who has no house has no word in society.

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