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The greatest of evils and the worst of crimes is poverty


  • Wealth converts a strange land into homeland and poverty turns a native place into a strange land.
  • The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth.
  • Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit. And one never really forgets either — everything serves as a constant reminder of it.
  • It's the same the whole world over,
    It's the poor wot gets the blame,
    It's the rich wot gets the gravy.
    Ain't it all a bleedin' shame?
    • Chorus of the song "She was Poor but she was Honest", popular among British Army soldiers during the First World War.
  • If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    • Bernard Baruch
    • Also attributed, in various forms, to Abraham Maslow and others, as the Law of the Instrument.
  • Poverty must have many satisfactions, else there would not be so many poor people.


  • Beg help and you will meet with refusals; ask for alms and you will meet with misers.
  • He who has no house has no word in society.
  • Poverty is no disgrace, but it's a great inconvenience.
    • English Proverb (16th Century).
  • Beggars cannot be choosers.
    • English proverb (16th Century).