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Poverty and wealth are economic conditions that describe the financial well-being of individuals or communities. These conditions are often relative and can vary across different regions and countries.


“There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.” ― Dwight D. Eisenhower

“There is no Them. There are only facets of Us.” ― John Green

“ We need to ask the moral questions: Do I have a right to be rich? And do I have a right to be content living in a world with so much poverty and inequality? These questions motivate us to view the issue of inequality as central to human living.” – Amartya Sen

“We are not rich by what we possess but by what we can do without.” ― Immanuel Kant

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” ― Aristotle

“When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” ― Dom Helder Camara

“If you’re in trouble, or hurt or need – go to the poor people. They’re the only ones that’ll help – the only ones.” ― John Steinbeck

“The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody, I think that is a much greater hunger, a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.” ― Mother Teresa

“I had noticed that both in the very poor and very rich extremes of society the mad were often allowed to mingle freely.” ― Charles Bukowski

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.” ― Coco Chanel

“Poverty is not just a lack of money; it is not having the capability to realize one’s full potential as a human being” – Amartya Sen

“You might be poor, your shoes might be broken, but your mind is a palace.” ― Frank McCourt

“There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.” ― Victor Hugo

“Poverty frees them from ordinary standards of behaviour, just as money frees people from work.” ― George Orwell

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

“I am opposing a social order in which it is possible for one man who does absolutely nothing that is useful to amass a fortune of hundreds of millions of dollars, while millions of men and women who work all the days of their lives secure barely enough for a wretched existence.” ― Eugene V. Debs

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

“Every life deserves a certain amount of dignity, no matter how poor or damaged the shell that carries it.” ― Rick Bragg

“An empty stomach is not a good political adviser.” ― Albert Einstein

“It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living.” ― Jean-Jacques Rousseau

“Once poverty is gone, we’ll need to build museums to display its horrors to future generations. They’ll wonder why poverty continued so long in human society – how a few people could live in luxury while billions dwelt in misery, deprivation and despair.” ― Muhammad Yunus

“Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.” ― Woody Allen

“History is written by the rich, and so the poor get blamed for everything.” ― Jeffrey D. Sachs

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.” ― Plutarch

“The ever more sophisticated weapons piling up in the arsenals of the wealthiest and the mightiest can kill the illiterate, the ill, the poor and the hungry, but they cannot kill ignorance, illness, poverty or hunger.” ― Fidel Castro

“The United States spends over $87 billion conducting a war in Iraq while the United Nations estimates that for less than half that amount we could provide clean water, adequate diets, sanitations services and basic education to every person on the planet. And we wonder why terrorists attack us.” ― John Perkins

“People.. were poor not because they were stupid or lazy. They worked all day long, doing complex physical tasks. They were poor because the financial institution in the country did not help them widen their economic base.” ― Muhammad Yunus

“It is very expensive to give bad medical care to poor people in a rich country.” ― Paul Farmer

“The tragedy of the poor is that they can afford nothing but self denial.” ― Oscar Wilde

“It is fatal to look hungry. It makes people want to kick you.” ― George Orwell

“People in third world countries aren’t living in poverty, they’re living pretty much as nature intended us to live it and putting us all to shame”― James Perrin

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.” ― Muhammad Ali

“As usual, in every scheme that worsens the position of the poor, it is the poor who are invoked as beneficiaries.” ― Vandana Shiva

“ Poverty is the deprivation of opportunity.” – Amartya Sen

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