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Poverty & Social Justice

“Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.” Nelson Mandella

"Poverty is the worst form of violence." Mahatma Ghandi

“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.” Eli Khamarov

“Women do two thirds of the world's work. Yet they earn only one tenth of the world's income and own less than one percent of the world's property. They are among the poorest of the world's poor.” Barber B. Conable, Jr.

“Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are ALL touched by poverty.” Kathleen Blanco

Social Justice

“It is unacceptable that someone can work full time - and work hard - and not be able to lift themselves out of poverty.” Sherrod Brown

“It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.” Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“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

“Money won't create success, the freedom to make it will.” Nelson Mandela

Causes of Poverty

“The poverty of our century is unlike that of any other. It is not, as poverty was before, the result of natural scarcity, but of a set of priorities imposed upon the rest of the world by the rich. Consequently, the modern poor are not pitied...but written off as trash.” John Berger

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

Consequences of Poverty

“The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all your time.” Willem de Kooning

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.” James A. Baldwin

“Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.” Frederick Douglass

“The mother of revolution and crime is poverty” Aristotle

“For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.” John Gardner

“The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations.” Adam Smith

“The inevitable consequence of poverty is dependence” Samuel Johnson

“Poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue; it is hard for an empty bag to stand upright” Benjamin Franklin

Poverty of Spirit

“No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.” Henry Ward Beecher

“Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” Barack Obama

“The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream” Harry Kemp

“They say it is better to be poor and happy than rich and miserable, but how about a compromise like moderately rich and just moody?” Princess Diana

Rich & Poor

“The man with a toothache thinks everyone happy whose teeth are sound. The poverty-stricken man makes the same mistake about the rich man.” George Bernard Shaw

“The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.” G. K. Chesterton

“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.” W.C. Fields

“The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it.” Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have declared you legally insane in order to gain control of your estate” Woody Allen

“Remember the poor - it costs nothing” Mark Twain

“The community which has neither poverty nor riches will always have the noblest principles.” Plato