Quotable #79: Poverty


“Poverty, in large cities, has very different appearances. It is often concealed in splendor, and often in extravagance. It is the care of a great part of mankind to conceal their indigence from the rest. They support themselves by temporary expedients, and every day is lost in contriving for to-morrow.” — Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, 1759

“Poverty is the only load which is the heavier the more loved ones there are to assist in bearing it.” — Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, Flower, Fruit and Thorn Pieces, 1845

“In proportion as nations get more corrupt, more disgrace will attach to poverty, and more respect to wealth. There are two questions that would completely reverse this order of things: “What keeps some persons poor? And what has made some others rich?” The true answer to these queries would often make the poor man more proud of his poverty than the rich man is of his wealth, and the rich man more justly ashamed of his wealth, than the poor man unjustly is of his poverty.” — The Home Circle, August 1857

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6 thoughts on “Quotable #79: Poverty

  1. There’s truth in every one of those quotations. A friend in the car business, who sells unbelievably expensive vehicles, knows something about that “poverty concealed in splendor.”


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