It is not the man who has little, but he who desires more, that is poor.
The worst country to be poor in is America.
Often when economic pressure is lifted, a man must pump back into himself a feeling of must.
For three things there is no remedy: Poverty associated with laziness, sickness coupled with old age, and enmity mixed with envy.
Beggars should be abolished. It annoys one to give to them, and it annoys one not to give to them.
Not to be able to bear poverty is a shameful thing, but not to know how to chase it away by work is a more shameful thing yet.
Poverty is the openmouthed relentless hell which yawns beneath civilized society. And it is hell enough.
The real disgrace of poverty is not in owning to the fact but in declining to struggle against it.
The child was diseased at birth – stricken with an hereditary ill that only the most vital men are able to shake off. I mean poverty – the most deadly and prevalent of all diseases.
Poverty urges us to do and suffer anything that we may escape from it, and so leads us away from virtue.