Quotes About Poor People

Quotes tagged as "poor-people" (showing 1-29 of 29)
Glen Cook
“Rich men have dreams. Poor men die to make them come true.”
Glen Cook, Water Sleeps

Kathy Reichs
“Hey, check this weirdo out." Hi was inspecting a bust on the mantel. "This face is ninety percent eyebrow. What do you want to bet he owned slaves?"

Scowling to match the carving's expression, Hi spoke in a gravelly voice. "In my day, we ate the poor people. We had a giant outdoor grill, and we cooked up peasant steaks every Sunday."
Kathy Reichs, Code

Betty  Smith
“The difference between rich and poor", said Francie, "is that the poor do everything with thier own hands and the rich hire hands to do things.”
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Louis-Ferdinand Céline
“Poor people never, or hardly ever, ask for an explanation of all they have to put up with. They hate one another, and content themselves with that.”
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, Journey to the End of the Night

Mary Pope Osborne
“Oh, man," said Jack. "Everyone was nice to us when we looked rich. Now it feels like the whole world's against us.”
Mary Pope Osborne, A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time

Elaine Dundy
“[W]hat is always overlooked is that although the poor want to be rich, it does not follow that they either like the rich or that they in any way want to emulate their characters which, in fact, they despise. Both the poor and the rich have always found precisely the same grounds on which to complain about each other. Each feels the other has no manners, is disloyal, corrupt, insensitive - and has never put in an honest day's work in its life.”
Elaine Dundy, Elvis and Gladys

Angela Nissel
“(Regarding check-cashing places):

It's hitting me how poor this really is: I'm standing in a long line to pay someone to give me my pay. So, technically, they get paid before I do, and it's my damn check.”
Angela Nissel, The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“What is honour, my dear, when you have nothing to eat?”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Poverty alleviation occurs when the power of Christ's resurrection reconciles our key relationships through the transformation of both individual lives and local, national, and international systems.”
Brian Fikkert, When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor . . . and Yourself

Israelmore Ayivor
“The poorest person on earth is not the person who has no job, no cars, no money and no house. The poorest person is the one who has no vision. Visionlessness is poverty in disguise.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Michelangelo | Beethoven | Shakespeare: 15 Things Common to Great Achievers

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“Kushdo qofte, edhe njeriu i vogel, nga ata qe nuk e turbullojne ujin, qe askujt s'i bien me qafe, qe rrojne me friken e perendise, por edhe me friken per veten, shkojne me mendjen te mos ngacmojne njeri se keshtu as ate vete nuk do ta ngacmojne, do ta lene te qete ne hallet e tij, nuk deshiron qe te tjeret te futin hundet ne jeten e perditshme qe ben, nuk ia ka enda te flasin ne e ka te ri apo te vjeter jelekun, ne i ka te reja apo me mballoma çizmet, nuk ia ka enda te marrin vesh te tjeret ç'eshte duke ngrene, çfare po shkruan?... E ç'te keqe paska, moj zemer, qe une, kur shoh xhadene te prishur, eci ne maje te gishtave, shkel me kujdes per te ruajtur çizmet? Pse duhet shkruar per tjetrin qe ndonjehere nuk ka para as per te pire nje gote çaj? Sikur qenka e thene dhe e vulosur qe njerezit, te gjithe sa jane, patjeter duhet te pine çaj. Po pse e udhes qenka te shohesh ne gojen e tjetrit per te ditur ç'cope eshte duke pertypur? A fyhet njeriu keshtu? Jo, shpirti im! Perse u dashka fyer tjetri kur ai s'te ngacmon?”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

H. Rider Haggard
“So they crucified their Messiah? Well can I believe it. That He was a Son of the Living Spirit would be naught to them, if indeed He was so.... They would care little for any God if he came not with pomp and power.”
H. Rider Haggard

John Steinbeck
“...first the strangers came with argument and authority and gunpowder to back up both. And in the four hundred years Kino's people had learned only one defense - a slight slitting of the eyes and a slight tightening of the lips and a retirement. Nothing could break down this wall, and they could remain whole within the wall.”
John Steinbeck, The Pearl

Walter Mosley
“The law," he continued, "is made by the rich people so that the poor people can't get ahead...”
Walter Mosley, Devil in a Blue Dress

M.F. Moonzajer
“To fight the poverty, we must feel the poverty.”

Dean Griffiths
“We live in a world where we give our pounds to those who have too much and our pennies to those who have too little”
Dean Griffiths

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Rich people read their bills. Poor people dread theirs.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger

“The greatest miracle was that in the end I could actually feel pity for those men because they were so deluded: they thought they had power and really they had nothing. I will never forget it. And from that moment on I've never really hated anymore. It all turned around when I sat there thinking what poor empty souls they were.”
Diet Eman, Things We Couldn't Say

Arzum Uzun
“A Very Short Poem for Poor Lovers

You’ve got nothing,
I’ve got nothing,
And it’s not a good thing.”
Arzum Uzun

Ruta Sepetys
“Jo, they have a baby grand piano, but no one in the family plays. They have shelves of books they've never read, and the tension between the couples was so thick it nearly choked us."
"Let me tell you something 'bout those rich Uptown folk," said Cokie. "They got everything that money can buy, their bank accounts are fat, but they ain't happy. They ain't ever gone be happy. You know why? They soul broke. And money can't fix that, no sir. My friend Bix was poor. Lord, he had to blow that trumpet ten hours a day just to put a little taste in the pot. Died poor, too. You saw him, Jo, with that plate on his chest. But that man wasn't soul broke.”
Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Distinctive facial features of a parent are poor people’s paternity test.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger

“You are blessed and rich If you have a roof over your head, food on your stomach, cloth on your body and water to dring? You have more than lots of people do!”

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Using money in one’s attempt to put an end to poverty is like using a border in one’s attempt to put an end to xenophobia.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana, N for Nigger

“Who says that money don't matter?
If you are Rich all the world will know about you, if you are poor no one give a crap about what it's happening to you!
"Life It's Short, enjoy this moment.”
Ebelsain Villegas

“before judging a poor a judge should first see and think like a poor then judge accordingly”
Rishad sakhi

Miguel Delibes
“Los ricos siempre se encariñan, cuando son ricos, por el lugar donde antes han sido pobres. Parece ser esta la mejor manera de demostrar su cambio de posición y fortuna y el más viable procedimiento para sentirse felices al ver que otros que eran pobres siguen siendo pobres a pesar del tiempo.”
Miguel Delibes

Léon Bloy
“Every man who begets a free act projects his personality into the infinite. If he gives a poor man a penny grudgingly, that penny pierces the poor man’s hand, falls, pierces the earth, bores holes in suns, crosses the firmament and compromises the universe. If he begets an impure act, he perhaps darkens thousands of hearts whom he does not know, who are mysteriously linked to him, and who need this man to be pure as a traveller dying of thirst needs the Gospel’s draught of water. A charitable act, an impulse of real pity sings for him the divine praises, from the time of Adam to the end of the ages; it cures the sick, consoles those in despair, calms storms, ransoms prisoners, converts the infidel and protects mankind”
Léon Bloy

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