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Have you wondered why at this point in human history, the “problem of poverty” is still so acute?  Could it be that we still don’t know what the problem really is???  Can we solve what we can’t even diagnose???  Can a big ball of cold spaghetti “be solved”?  Did the Jesus who said that “the poor you will always have with you” (Matthew 26.11) know something no one else seems to grasp? 

  • Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. (Aristotle)
  • No man can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach. (Woodrow Wilson)
  • The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it. (G K Chesterton)
  • In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of. (Confucius)
  • It is seldom that the miserable of the world can help regarding their misery as a wrong inflicted by those who are less miserable. (George Eliot)
  • Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is. (Benjamin Franklin)
  • Poor men’s reasons are not heard. (Thomas Fuller)
  • Poverty is the worst form of violence. (Mahatma Gandhi)
  • We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise anyone who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition. (William James)
  • It is the great privilege of poverty to be happy and yet unenvied, to be healthy with physic, secure without a guard, and to obtain from the bounty of nature what the great and wealthy are compelled to procure by the help of art.  (Samuel Johnson)
  • Nature makes us poor only when we lack necessities, but custom gives the name of poverty to the lack of superfluities. (Samuel Johnson)
  • Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself. Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor for helping us to love God better because of them.  Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty. (Mother Teresa)
  • Painless poverty is better than embittered wealth. (Greek proverb)
  • When the rich wage war it is the poor who die. (Jean-Paul Sartre)
  • There is a noble manner of being poor, and who does not know it will never be rich. Not he who has little, but he whose wishes are more, is poor. (Seneca)
  • Who, being loved, is poor? (Oscar Wilde)