I don't think people understand that being poor means you have to work from dawn until dusk just to survive through the day. I think there's some notion that poor people lie about all day not doing anything.
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.
Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty.
There is no such thing as an acceptable level of unemployment, because hunger is not acceptable, poverty is not acceptable, poor health is not acceptable, and a ruined life is not acceptable.
Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is an act of justice. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life . . .
Nothing is so much needed as a secure family life for a people seeking to rise out of poverty and backwardness.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Live simply so that others may simply live.
Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient.
Here we all live in a state of ambitious poverty.
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.
If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.
There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.
There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.
The common argument that crime is caused by poverty is a kind of slander on the poor.
Money doesn't make you happy. I now have $50 million but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.
The fellow that has no money is poor. The fellow that has nothing but money is poorer still.
As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.
Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends... Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts.
Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.
And that is how change happens. One gesture. One person. One moment at a time.
I sincerely believe that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
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