- Clothes make the poor invisible.... America has the best-dressed poverty the world has ever known.
- Life is lived in common, but not in community.
- If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery, in impoverishment.
- Our affluent society contains those of talent and insight who are driven to prefer poverty, to choose it, rather than to submit to the desolation of an empty abundance. It is a strange part of the other America that one finds in the intellectual slums.
- The laws against color can be removed, but that will leave the poverty that is the historic and institutionalized consequence of color. As long as this is the case, being born Negro will continue to be the most profound disability that the United States imposes upon a citizen.