The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty
- 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.
- 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
- Also attributed, in various forms, to Abraham Maslow and others, as the Law of the Instrument.
- Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.
- Don Herold (1889-1966), American Humorist
- Beg help and you will meet with refusals; ask for alms and you will meet with misers.
- A poor man has no friends.
- He who has no house has no word in society.
- Poverty is no disgrace, but it's a great inconvenience.
- English Proverb (16th Century).
- Beggars cannot be choosers.
- English proverb (16th Century).