Quotes About Poverty



"It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them."

Bill Vaughan



"Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit."

Eli Khamarov



"The key to ending extreme poverty is to enable the poorest of the poor to get their foot on the ladder of development. The ladder of development hovers overhead, and the poorest of the poor are stuck beneath it. They lack the minimum amount of capital necessary to get a foothold, and therefore need a boost up to the first rung. "

Jeffrey D. Sachs



"Extreme poverty is the best breeding ground on earth for disease, political instability, and terrorism."

Jeffrey Sachs



"Every morning our newspapers could read, 'More than 20,000 people perished yesterday of extreme poverty.' How? The poor die in hospital wards that lack drugs, in villages that lack antimalarial bed nets, in houses that lack safe drinking water. They die namelessly, without public comment. Sadly, sad stories rarely get written."

Jeffrey Sachs



"Poverty is the worst form of violence."

Mahatma Gandhi



"It is a tragic mix-up when the United States spends 500,000 for every enemy soldier killed, and only 53 annually on the victims of poverty."

Martin Luther King, Jr.



"Some people think that poor people are lazy. Actually, it takes a lot of work to survive when you are dirt-poor."

Muhammad Yunus



"Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our time--times in which the world boasts breathtaking advances in science, technology, industry and wealth accumulation--that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils."

Nelson Mandela



"Society comprises two classes: those who have more food than appetite, and those who have more appetite than food."

Sebastien-Roch Nicholas de Chamfort, Maximes