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Poor Quotes

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Give me your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.
- written on the Statue of Liberty in New York harbor

Related topics: Inspirational Government Political Generosity Compassion Kindness

Let us touch the dying, the poor,
the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received
and let us not be ashamed
or slow to do the humble work.
- Mother Teresa

We are rich only through what we give,
and poor only through what we refuse.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is not the man who has too little,
but the man who craves more, that is poor.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

Far better is it to dare mighty things,
to win glorious triumphs,
even though chequered by failure,
than to take rank with those poor spirits
who neither enjoy much nor suffer much,
because they live in the grey twilight
that knows not victory or defeat.
- Theodore Roosevelt

Outer show is a poor substitute for inner worth.
- Aesop

No one has ever become poor by giving.
- Anne Frank

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When life is too easy for us, we must beware
or we may not be ready to meet the blows
which sooner or later come to everyone, rich or poor.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

I cannot pretend to be impartial about the colors.
I rejoice with the brilliant ones, and
am genuinely sorry for the poor browns.
- Winston Churchill

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.
- Mother Teresa

Jesus preached more and taught more
about helping the poor and the sick and the hungry
than he did about heaven and hell.
Shouldn't that tell us something?
- John Grisham

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

But, alas!
what poor Woman is ever taught that she should have
a higher Design than to get her a Husband?
- Mary Astell

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
- Napoleon Bonaparte

No society can surely be flourishing and happy,
of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable.
- Adam Smith

The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem,
it is generally employed only by small children and large nations.
- David Friedman

Poor, dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprise!
- Wallace Stevens

A business that makes nothing but money is a poor business.
- Henry Ford

The only difference between the Democrats and the Republicans
is that the Democrats allow the poor to be corrupt,
too.
- Oscar Levant

I'd like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
- Pablo Picasso

When the rich think about the poor, they have poor ideas.
- Evita Peron

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.
- Euripides

To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man.
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
- Charles Edwards

The poor don't know that their function in life is
to exercise our generosity.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

The only way for a rich man to be healthy is by exercise and abstinence,
to live as if he were poor.
- William Temple

Pale Death beats equally at the poor man's gate and at the palaces of kings.
- Horace

We approach people the same way we approach our cars.
We take the poor kid to a doctor and ask,
What's wrong with him, how much will it cost,
and when can I pick him up?
- James Hillman

It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.
- Lewis Carroll

Anger makes dull men witty, but it keeps them poor.
- Francis Bacon

I try to give to the poor people for love
what the rich could get for money.
No, I wouldn't touch a leper for a thousand pounds;
yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
- Mother Teresa

Life is a dream for the wise, a game for the fool,
a comedy for the rich, a tragedy for the poor.
- Sholom Aleichem

A person cannot love a plant after he has pruned it,
then he has either done a poor job or is devoid of emotion.
- Liberty Hyde Bailey

We who are liberal and progressive know that the poor
are our equals in every sense except that of being equal to us.
- Lionel Trilling

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die.
- Jean-Paul Sartre

Keeping books on social aid is capitalistic nonsense.
I just use the money for the poor.
I can't stop to count it.
- Evita Peron

You have made people listen.
You have made people care, and you have taught us
that whether we are poor or prosperous,
we have only one world to share.
You have taught young people that
they do have the power to change the world.
- Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, to Bono. (November 1999)

A free America...
means just this: individual freedom for all,
rich or poor, or else this system of government we
call democracy is only an expedient to enslave man
to the machine and make him like it.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Have compassion for all beings, rich and poor alike.
Each has their suffering.
Some suffer too much, others too little.
- The Buddha

I love this work I do.
It's a privilege to serve the poor.
- Bono

The problem with beauty is that it's like being born rich and getting poorer.
- Joan Collins

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

People understand me so poorly that they don't even understand
my complaint about them not understanding me.
- Soren Kierkegaard

I think it is inevitable that people program poorly.
Training will not substantially help matters.
We have to learn to live with it.
- Alan Perlis

Tradition demands that we not speak poorly of the dead.
- Daniel Barenboim

Well married a person has wings, poorly married shackles.
- Henry Ward Beecher

I come from a profession which has suffered greatly
because of the lack of civility.
Lawyers treat each other poorly and it has come home to haunt them.
The public will not tolerate a lack of civility.
- James E. Rogers

Just stop it. Seriously.
Whatever it is. Just stop it.
If only for an hour, a day, a week.
Stop doing it long enough to get a glimpse
of what the change would actually look like.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was:
"If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?"
But... the good Samaritan reversed the question:
"If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?"
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

We don't stop playing because we grow old;
we grow old because we stop playing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Indifferent to whether your mood is grumpy or cheerful,
Nature always sings her passionate song of joyful celebration.
You can never stop the happy song of life,
so join the celebration -
sing along, dance, make love,
smile your biggest smile, and cheer on God's music.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Stop! Breathe deeply.
Begin bringing peace to the outer world
by regaining your own inner peace.
Choose love, choose gratitude,
choose forgiveness, choose peace.
Begin with your own inner peace.
Then use that inner peace
as a platform from which
to approach the outer world
with perspective, understanding, and patience.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
The important thing is not to stop questioning.
- Albert Einstein

Choose Inner Peace.
Nothing is worth losing your inner peace.
Take action as circumstances require,
but never surrender your inner peace.
Stop. Breathe deeply.
Close your eyes and breathe deeply again.
Then, and only then, take action -
from a peaceful heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Never stop dreaming your inspired future.
Believing in your dreams is only the first step,
but unless you have a dream that you believe in,
you are leaving your future to random chance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you want peace, stop fighting.
If you want peace of mind,
stop fighting with your thoughts.
- Peter McWilliams

If only the people who worry about their liabilities
would think about the riches they do possess,
they would stop worrying.
- Dale Carnegie

Never stop dreaming.
- Anonymous

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

"Begin at the beginning," the King said, very gravely,
"and go on till you come to the end: then stop."
- Lewis Carroll

Keep moving. Don't stop. But don't rush.
Don't race around.
Sure and steady gets you there every time.
- Neale Donald Walsch

You either do it completely and utterly,
or you should stop doing it.
- Bono (paraphrase)

I gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience
in which I must stop and look fear in the face.
I say to myself, I've lived through this
and can take the next thing that comes along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience
in which you really stop to look fear in the face.
You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Curiosity has its own reason for existing.
- Albert Einstein

Nothing can stop the man with the right
mental attitude from achieving his goal;
nothing on earth can help the man
with the wrong mental attitude.
- Thomas Jefferson

We should meet abuse by forbearance.
Human nature is so constituted that
if we take absolutely no notice of anger or abuse,
the person indulging in it will soon weary of it and stop.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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