Poor People Quotes

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Glen Cook
“Rich men have dreams. Poor men die to make them come true.”
Glen Cook, Water Sleeps

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 Celine, Journey to the End of the Night

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

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

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

Albert Camus
“Remembrance of things past is just for the rich. For the poor it only marks the faint traces on the path to death.”
Albert Camus, The First Man

Viet Thanh Nguyen
“no one asks poor people if they want war.”
Viet Thanh Nguyen, The Sympathizer

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

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 Dostoevsky

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

Riley Sager
“I'm sure someone would say it's my own damn fault. That it was my responsibility to build an emergency fund. At least three months' salary, the experts say. I would love to backhand whoever came up with that number. They clearly never had a job with take-home pay that barely covers rent, food, and utilities. Because here's the thing about being poor-most people don't understand it unless they've been there themselves.”
Riley Sager, Lock Every Door

Mehmet Murat ildan
“A bread that a poor gives to another poor is a thousand times more valuable than a thousand bread given by a rich to the same poor!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

Fredrik Backman
“The stupidest thing people who have everything think about people who have nothing is that it's pride that stops a person from asking for help.”
Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

Gary A. Haugen
“I recall the way an old history professor of mine defined poverty: He said the poor are the ones who can never afford to have any bad luck. They can’t get an infection because they don’t have access to any medicine. They can’t get sick or miss their bus or get injured because they will lose their menial labor job if they don’t show up for work. They can’t misplace their pocket change because it’s actually the only money they have left for food. They can’t have their goats get sick because it’s the only source of milk they have. On and on it goes. Of course, the bad news is, everybody has bad luck. It’s just that most of us have margins of resources and access to support that allow us to weather the storm, because we’re not trying to live off $2.00 a day.”
Gary A. Haugen, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

Carlos Wallace
“My belief is, we are not so much separated by race or ethnicity anymore. Privileges that used to be determined by the color of one’s skin has are now being decided by the color of money—The great divide is one of haves and have nots.”
Carlos Wallace

“People that come from nothing but want the world are the most innovative people ever. They will stop at nothing to turn their nothing into something. Eventually, their something breaks the mode and becomes the very thing others want.

I know this because I had nothing, and I was nothing, but I desired the world. People told me what I couldn't do, for what I didn't have, but all I focused on was what I wanted and made it my every day life's purpose to obtain it. The obstacles they saw for me were not my own.

Don't let people use a technicality to decide your fate. I promise you that you are capable of every single thing that you're capable of. Sometimes the obstacle is your state of mind and your own resolve.

Remember that.”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

W.N.P. Barbellion
“...poverty proved greater than vanity...”
W.N.P. Barbellion, The Journal of a Disappointed Man

Gary A. Haugen
“For the hundreds of millions of the world’s poorest people who live outside the protection of the rule of law, they principal reason they suffer abuse is often not the absence of good laws, but the absence of a functioning public justice system to enforce those laws.”
Gary A. Haugen, The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence

Martha Gellhorn
“The men in Washington seem unable to accept that there are more poor people than rich peoplele in the world. They do not recognize that poor people, in the late twentieth century, cannot endure poverty and disease and ignorance forever. When minimal social justice is long denied, the poor will rebel. If rebellion can be crushed - as is perhaps possible in a very small country like El Salvador - it will rise again later. Nicaragua can be bombed flat, and then what? A success story like Vietnam? [1986].”
Martha Gellhorn, The Face of War

Hank Bracker
“Because of greed and immorality on the part of the foreign invaders that came to enrich themselves, and local tribal politicians that abused the trust placed in them by their people, much of Liberia’s wealth has been squandered. The two civil wars and the Ebola plague that the indigenous people had to endure were devastating and yet, in spite of the pain that has been inflicted, the country still has great potential and is waiting for the influence of a new generation of Liberians that hopefully will have a more positive outlook. Although the United States and the American Colonization Society helped form and sometimes stabilize the country, Liberia is the only African country that has never been a colony.
As usual, it is not because of the many impoverished people that inhabit the country, but rather it is because of human greed and the lust for power of the few, that the country floundered and was plunged into two unforgiving civil wars. During the time that I was there, I was a young man who looked idealistically at the world as an exciting place to find adventure. Fortunately I still see things through the same youthful eyes, and for that I’m grateful! However, I have also become more cynical and can now better understand that every rosebush has thorns.”
Capt Hank Bracker, The History of Liberia & West Africa

'LORD VISHNU' P.S.JAGADEESH KUMAR
“A rich become rich in making money and a poor become poor in making sin”
Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Poverty has created a new planet within this planet: A Planet of Misery that all humanity should be ashamed of!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“There shall never be a poor who has not laughed at least once in his life and there shall never be a rich who has not cried at least once in his life”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

Lucia Berlin
“The bus is late. Cars drive by. Rich people n cars never look at people on the street, at all. Poor ones always do ... in fact it sometimes seems they're just driving around, looking at people on the street. I've done that. Poor people wait a lot. Welfare, unemployment lines, laundromats, phone booths, emergency rooms, jails, etc.”
Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women: Selected Stories

“People that come from nothing but want the world are the most innovative people ever. They will stop and nothing to turn their nothing into something. Eventually their something breaks the mode and become the very thing others want.

I know this because I had nothing, and I was nothing, but I desired the world. People told me what I couldn’t do for what I didn’t have, but all I focused on was I wanted and made it my everyday life purpose to obtain it. The obstacles they saw for me were not my own.

Don’t let people use technicality to decide your fate. I promise you that you are capable of every single thing that you’re capable of. Sometimes the obstacle is your state of mind and your own resolve.

Remember that.”
Scarlet Jei Saoirse

“Inequality may not be fair but is necessary for progress.

When resources are distributed to people equally, you establish equality of outcome. If you photograph for a living or build rockets to colonize solar system - equality of outcome will establish the same value for both. It does not reward for resource-intensive and risky operations and discourages the development & progress because it's as valuable as photographing. Any reasonable person will do less complicated things if he is compensated in the same way.

BUT, when resources are unequally distributed - it distributes values too. It means it systemically designs 'rich & poor' people. It means if you are poor, then you can become rich. To complete this transformation, you must do something valuable. In this way, minor and huge progress happens. No matter if you are rich or poor - you will need opportunities.

It is the way we interact with opportunities constructs inequality.”
Thomas Vato

John C. Holt
“The real test of the quality of life in a nation, as in a community, is how well the poorest people in it live.”
John C. Holt, Escape From Childhood

Oscar Wilde
“Toplumda para hakkında zenginlerden daha fazla düşünen tek bir sınıf vardır, o da fakirler. Fakirler başka hiçbir şey düşünemez. Bu, fakir olmanın ıstırabıdır.”
Oscar Wilde

“The antithesis of a wealth mindset is a poor mindset. Most who have this "poor mindset" or “poverty mentality” don’t even realize they have it. A poor mindset generates the thinking that attaining wealth is impossible, that it can be done without effort, or that one just does not have the special sauce it takes to become wealthy. This mindset undermines our goals and will actively drive wealth away from us unless we work to counteract it.”
Dr. Lucas D. Shallua, Average to Abundant: How Ordinary People Build Sustainable Wealth and Enjoy the Process

Mohammed Zaki Ansari
“जलती हुई दुनिया पर बैठ कर यह याद करो
कितना खेले है हम क़ुदरत से, अब यह याद करो
हालातों पर रोने से अब क्या हासिल है
जितना किया है बेकसूरों पर, अब वोह ज़ुल्म याद करो

गुलामों की तरह क़ैद रखा उनहे तुमने
जो आज़ाद पैदा हुए
देख लो हर कोने में दुनिया के
न जाने कितने तुम्हारे लालच का शिकार हुए
तड़पते बिलखते वोह मासूम चेहरे याद करो
रोती हुई आखो के समंदर याद करो
तुम्हारी ठोकरों पर उनकी पेशानी
उनकी बेबसी पर तुम्हारे ठहाके
आज ज़रा अपनी वहशियत याद करो

हारे हुए सिकंदर हो तुम इस वबा के दौर में
जश्न सारे दफ़न है चीखो के शोरे में
कभी न सोने वाले शहर, अब शहर ऐ ख़मोशा है
अस्पताल क़ब्रिस्तान शमशान,
लाशे ही लाशे है शहर के हर छोर में

थक गया साइंस तुम्हारा
दवाये भी लाइलाज है
बाकी बस, अब एक ही इलाज है
मिटा दे जो वायरस बद्दुआओं का
वक़्त है की अब ऐसा कोई वैक्सीन ईजाद करो

जलती हुई दुनिया पर बैठ कर यह याद करो
मिटा दे जो वायरस बद्दुआओं का
वक़्त है की अब ऐसा कोई वैक्सीन ईजाद करो
-zaki”
Mohammed Zaki Ansari, "Zaki's Gift Of Love"

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