Poverty

Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

Resolve not to be poor: whatever you have, spend less. Poverty is a great enemy to human happiness; it certainly destroys liberty, and it makes some virtues impracticable and others extremely difficult.

Men do not easily rise whose poverty hinders their merit.

Poverty persuades a man to do and suffer everything that he may escape from it.

Rarely they rise by virtue’s aid who lie plunged in the depth of helpless poverty.

Riches are gotten with pain, kept with care, and lost with grief. The cares of riches lie heavier upon a good man than the inconveniences of an honest poverty.

Who can confess his poverty and look it in the face, destroys its sting: but a proud poor man, he is poor, indeed.

Fear is like fire: If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled, it will rise up and destroy you. Men's actions depend a great deal upon fear. We do things either because we enjoy doing them or because we are afraid not to do them. This sort of fear has not relation to physical or moral courage. It is inspired by the knowledge that we are not adequately prepared to face the future and the events it may bring - poverty perhaps, or injury, or death.

Contentment furnishes constant joy; much covetousness, constant grief. To the contented, even poverty is joy; to the discontented, even wealth is a vexation.

Contentment furnishes constant joy. Much covetousness, constant grief. To the contented, even poverty is joy. To the discontented, even wealth is a vexation.

The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

The poverty of goods is easily cured; the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

The want of goods is easily repaired, but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.

Perhaps a reasonable apprehension of poverty is more paralyzing than the reality.

To crave more than you need - that is poverty.

Avarice is as destitute of what it has, as poverty of what it has not.

She who is more ashamed of dishonesty than of poverty will not be easily overcome.

Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge, and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind... the whole world of loneliness, poverty, and pain make a mockery of what human life should be.

Poverty keeps together more homes than it breaks up.