Poverty affects us all, whether indirectly or directly. Here are 10 quotes on poverty to get you thinking:

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

“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

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

“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

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

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”

“I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion about the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”
―Benjamin Franklin

“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment. Solutions to one problem must be solutions for all.”
―Ban Ki-moon

“Almost half of the population of the world lives in rural regions and mostly in a state of poverty. Such inequalities in human development have been one of the primary reasons for unrest and, in some parts of the world, even violence.”
―A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

“Anyone who has ever struggled with poverty knows how extremely expensive it is to be poor.”
―James A. Baldwin

Leeda Jewayni

Sources: GoodReads, BrainyQuote
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