Poor Man Quotes

Poor Man Quotes by Robert Burns, Sydney Madwed, Marcus Minucius Felix, Muhammad ibn Isa at-Tirmidhi, Boonaa Mohammed, Michelangelo and many others.

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Nature’s law, That man was made to mourn. Man’s inhumanity to man Makes countless thousands mourn! O Death, the poor man’s dearest friend, The kindest and the best!
Robert Burns
Poor is the man who does not know his own intrinsic worth and tends to measure everything by relative value. A man of financial wealth who values himself by his financial net worth is poorer than a poor man who values himself by his intrinsic self worth.
Sydney Madwed
The poor man is he who, having much, craves for more.
Marcus Minucius Felix
The Prophet Muhammad (s) said: “Do not turn away a poor man…even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you…God will bring you near Him on the Day of Resurrection.”
Muhammad ibn Isa at-Tirmidhi
A righteous wife can make a poor man feel like a king.
Boonaa Mohammed
However rich I may have been, I have always lived like a poor man.
A poor man celebrates the New Year once a year.В  A rich man celebrates each day.В  But the richest man celebrates every moment.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottage princes’ palaces.
William Shakespeare
We must observe also, that among the heathen the names of poor men are more likely to be known than of rich. Now our Lord mentions the name of the poor, but not the name of the rich, because God knows and approves the humble, but not the proud.
Pope Gregory I
By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.
Hope is a flatterer, but the most upright of all parasites; for she frequents the poor man’s hut, as well as the palace of his superior.
William Shenstone
Happy season of childhood! Kind Nature, that art to all a bountiful mother; that visitest the poor man’s hut With auroral radiance; and for thy nursling hast provided a soft swathing of love and infinite hope wherein he waxes and slumbers, danced round by sweetest dreams!
Thomas Carlyle
The fact of the matter is that poor men do not often steal, and when they do, it is petty theft, something to eat or perhaps an item of clothing to keep them from the cold. Thieves are usually those who have something and want more.
Louis L’Amour
I must confess that I am interested in leisure in the same way that a poor man is interested in money.
Prince Philip
Guilt, the poor man’s mind control.
Karen Kijewski
Everyone chooses one of two roads in life – the old and the young, the rich and the poor, men and women alike. One is the broad, well-traveled road to mediocrity, the other road to greatness and meaning.
Stephen Covey
A man’s labor is not only his capital but his life. When it passes it returns never more. To utilize it, to prevent its wasteful squandering, to enable the poor man to bank it up for use hereafter, this surely is one of the most urgent tasks before civilization.
William Booth
To live like a poor man is only fun when you are rich.
Peter Ustinov
Economy, the poor man’s mint.
Martin Farquhar Tupper
. . . the poor man, whom the law does not allow to take . . . a pair of shoes for his freezing feet, is allowed to put his hand into the pocket of the rich, and say, You shall educate me. . . .
Marsilio Ficino
Hope is the poor man’s bread.
George Herbert
I’d seen my father. He was a poor man, and I watched him do astonishing things.
Sidney Poitier
The difference between a rich man and a poor man is this–the former eats when he pleases, and the latter when he can get it.
Walter Raleigh
Money is one of the greatest instruments of freedom ever invented by man. It is money which in existing society opens an astounding range of choice to the poor man, a range greater than that which not many generations ago was open to the wealthy
Friedrich August von Hayek
The poor man looks upon the law as an enemy, not as a friend. For him, the law is always taking something away.
Robert Kennedy
The meekest of animals will fight bravely when it is backed against a wall, for it has nothing left to lose. A poor man is more deadly than a rich man because he puts less value on his own life.
R. A. Salvatore
If to do were as easy as to know what were good to do, chapels had been churches, and poor men’s cottages princes’ palaces. It is a good divine that follows his own instructions: I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done, than be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
William Shakespeare
Only poor men get hanged.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
It is very much easier for a rich man to invest and grow richer than for the poor man to begin investing at all. And this is also true of nations.
Barbara Ward, Baroness Jackson of Lodsworth
A wealthy doctor who can help a poor man, and will not without a fee, has less sense of humanity than a poor ruffian, who kills a rich man to supply his necessities.
Joseph Addison
Spring cold is like the poverty of a poor man who has had a fortune left him – better days are coming.
Margaret Oliphant
O, how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes’ favors.
William Shakespeare
Poverty brings one blessing in Turkey – the poor man is of necessity a monogamist.
Isabella Bird
It is the poor man who’ll ever count his flock.
In so far as the government lands can be disposed of, I am in favor of cutting up the wild lands into parcels so that every poor man may have a home.
Abraham Lincoln
O how wretched is that poor man that hangs on princes favors! There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to, that sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin, more pangs and fears than wars or women have, and when he falls, he falls like Lucifer, never to hope again.
William Shakespeare
Money is a poor man’s credit card.
Marshall McLuhan
A son of a poor man is standing in front of you today. This is the strength of a democracy.
Narendra Modi
Sex is the poor man’s polo.
Clifford Odets
A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.
Georges Bernanos
If ever household affections and loves are graceful things, they are graceful in the poor. The ties that bind the wealthy and the proud to home may be forged on earth, but those which link the poor man to his humble hearth are of the true metal and bear the stamp of heaven.
Charles Dickens
Me, poor man, my library Was dukedom large enough.
William Shakespeare
Rich men have dreams. Poor men die to make them come true.
Glen Cook
With eye upraised his master’s look to scan, The joy, the solace, and the aid of man: The rich man’s guardian and the poor man’s friend, The only creature faithful to the end.
George Crabbe
A rich man’s war and a poor man’s fight.
Shelby Foote
I play for the poor man. I try to give a thrill to the lunch bucket fan. I know their plight. I worked in a factory in high school. The poor folk who lay out the hard bread to see a game. That’s where my heart lies. The rich don’t need heroes.
Leon Wagner
And many a poor man that has roved Loved and thought himself beloved From a glad kindness cannot take his eyes.
William Butler Yeats
It is the lash of hunger which compels the poor man to submit. In order to live he must sell – ‘voluntarily’ sell – himself every day and hour to the ‘beast of property.’
Johann Most
Property is not the sacred right. When a rich man becomes poor it is a misfortune, it is not a moral evil. When a poor man becomes destitute, it is a moral evil, teeming with consequences and injurious to society and morality.
Lord Acton
When asked what was the proper time for supper: If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.
Poverty with joy isn’t poverty at all. The poor man is not one who has little, but one who hankers after more.
Seneca the Younger
A gentleman doesn’t have one set of manners for the house of a poor man and another for the house of someone with an income incomparable to his own.
William Maxwell
No, not rich. I am a poor man with money, which is not the same thing.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
I’d like to live as a poor man with lots of money.
Pablo Picasso
You hear that boy laughing?you think he’s all fun; But the angels laugh, too, at the good he has done; The children laugh loud as they troop to his call, And the poor man that knows him laughs loudest of all.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
Even a poor man doesn’t ask alms unless he sees you have the ability to give.
Piyush Goyal
Pale Death beats equally at the poor man’s gate and at the palaces of kings.
A poor man fear for money works against him.
Matthew Ashimolowo
Hazard not your wealth on a poor man’s advice.
Juan Manuel, Prince of Villena
Even a poor man can receive honors.
… frugality makes a poor man rich.
Seneca the Younger
Feel like a broke-down engine, ain’t got no drivin’ wheel. You all been down and lonesome, you know just how a poor man feels.
Bob Dylan
The poor man must walk to get meat for his stomach,
the rich man to get a stomach to his meat.
Benjamin Franklin
Hunger makes a thief of any man.
Pearl S. Buck
If I knew a miser, who gave up every kind of comfortable living, all the pleasure of doing good to others, all the esteem of his fellow-citizens, and the joys of benevolent friendship, for the sake of accumulating wealth. Poor man, said I, you pay too much for your whistle.
Benjamin Franklin
Is the care of the dying man truly robbing care from the poor man? How reliably can we know when someone is in the last ten days of life?
Sheri Fink
Bring a lawsuit against a man who can pay; the poor man’s acts are not worth the expense
Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.
W. C. Fields
There is no sound basis upon which it may be assumed that all poor men are godly and all rich men are evil, no more than it could be assumed that all rich men are good and all poor men are bad.
Norman Vincent Peale
I would rather be a serf in a poor man’s house and be above ground than reign among the dead.
I think the best thing I can do is to be a distraction. A husband lives and breathes his work all day long. If he comes home to more table thumping, how can the poor man ever relax?
Jackie Kennedy
Bioscience and biotech offer many opportunities. The U.S. focuses on the rich man; India has rich man diseases and poor man diseases. So you have a much larger set of opportunities.
Romesh Wadhwani
The surest way to remain poor is to be an honest man.
Napoleon Bonaparte
Music is the poor man’s Parnassus.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
How like a railway tunnel is the poor man’s life, with the light of childhood at one end, the intermediate gloom, and only the glimmer of a future life at the other extremity!
Christian Nestell Bovee
Do not tell me of my obligation to put all poor men in good situations. Are they my poor? I tell thee, thou foolish philanthropist, that I grudge the dollar, the dime, the cent, I give to such men as do not belong to me and to whom I do not belong
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A poor man defended himself when charged with stealing food to appease the cravings of hunger, saying, the cries of the stomach silenced those of the conscience.
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
Pale death knocks with impartial foot at poor men’s hovels and king’s palaces.
Cruel irony, the poor man tormented with hunger feeds those who plead his case.
Albert Camus
but what should we do when the highborn and wealthy take to crime? Indeed, if a poor man will spend a year in prison for stealing out of hunger, how high would the gallows need to be to hang the rich man who breaks the law out of greed?
Terry Pratchett
There are those who say that children make a rich man poor. No, they have it backward. Children make a poor man rich. A rich man can’t take his riches to heaven, but I’m taking my children
Adrian Rogers
He that pines with hunger, is in little care how others shall be fed. The poor man is seldom studious to make his grandson rich.
Samuel Johnson
There are many poor men and poor women: set apart some one constantly to remain there: let the poor man be though but as a guard to thy house: let him be to thee wall and fence, shield and spear. Where alms are, the devil dares not approach, nor any other evil thing.
Saint John Chrysostom
I think I probably have the philosophy of a poor man. You know, like maybe I’d steal the pennies off a dead man’s eyes.
John Cassavetes
Never pretend to have money except when you are in straits. The poor man who pretends to have a bank account betters his credit and takes no risk. But the prosperous individual who counts his money in the street, forthwith will be invited to attend a charity bazaar.
George Ade
Education is a capital to the poor man, and an interest to the rich man.
Horace Mann
Never say you cannot afford something. That is a poor man’s attitude. Ask HOW to afford it.
Robert Kiyosaki
Let the poor man mind his tongue
The rich man in his castle, The poor man at his gate, God made them, high or lowly, And order’d their estate.
Cecil Frances Alexander
A poor man is not the one without a cent. A poor man is the one without a dream.
Henry Ford
Ability is a poor man’s wealth.
John Wooden
The poor man wants many things; the covetous man, all.
Herman Melville
A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.
Ali ibn Abi Talib
The Swaraj of my dream is the poor man’s Swaraj.
Mahatma Gandhi
In any form of art designed to appeal to large numbers of people,…[t]he rich man is usually ‘bad’, and his machinations are invariably frustrated.:; ‘Good poor man defeats bad rich man’ is an accepted formula.
George Orwell
To be a poor man is hard, but to be a poor race in a land of dollars is the very bottom of hardships.
W. E. B. Du Bois
Your men are brave men, And you have won. I can live with that, Earl of Bronze a poor man would I be if I could not.
David Gemmell
False as the adulterate promises of favorites in power when poor men court them.
Thomas Otway
Come Sleep! Oh Sleep, the certain knot of peace, the baiting-place of wit, the balm of woe, the poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release, the indifferent judge between the high and low.
Philip Sidney
The nearest to my heart are a king without a kingdom and a poor man who does not know how to beg.
Khalil Gibran
Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging.
Denis Diderot
In the vivid description of the Gospel, it would seem that we must help the Christ hidden in every poor man, in every prisioner, in every sufferer. But if we paraphrased the marvelous scene and applied it to the child, we should find that Christ goes to help all men in the form of the child.
Maria Montessori
He is the rich man in whom the people are rich, and he is the poor man in whom the people are poor; and how to give access to themasterpieces of art and nature, is the problem of civilization.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
In all conditions of life a poor man is a near neighbor to an honest one, and a rich man is as little removed from a knave.
Jean de la Bruyere
Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing, but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented, than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace.
Louisa May Alcott
What does the poor man do at the rich man’s door, the sick man in the presence of his physician, the thirsty man at a limpid stream? What they do, I do before the Eucharistic God. I pray. I adore. I love.
Francis of Assisi
The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich.
Publilius Syrus
Gold, n.: A soft malleable metal relatively scarce in distribution. It is mined deep in the earth by poor men who then give it to rich men who immediately bury it back in the earth in great prisons, although gold hasn’t done anything to them.
Mike Harding
In Brazil, a poor man goes to jail when he steals. When a rich man steals, he becomes a minister.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.
A very poor man may be said in some sense to have a demand for a coach and six; he might like to have it; but his demand is not an effectual demand, as the commodity can never be brought to market in order to satisfy it.
Adam Smith
Let the good work go on. We must ever remember we are refining oil for the poor man and he must have it cheap and good.
John D. Rockefeller
Calvin: I’m a genius, but I’m a misunderstood genius. Hobbes: What’s misunderstood about you? Calvin: Nobody thinks I’m a genius. Corfu? It’s just a poor man’s Pensacola.
John Ratzenberger
If you’ve got a billion dollars and you’re ungrateful, you’re a poor man. If you have very little but you’re grateful for what you have, you’re truly rich.
Tony Robbins
In every age its (liberty’s) progress has been beset by its natural enemies, by ignorance and superstition, by lust of conquest and by love of ease, by the strong man’s craving for power, and the poor man’s craving for food
Lord Acton
I’m for the poor man – all poor men, black and white, they all gotta have a chance. They gotta have a home, a job, and a decent education for their children. ‘Every man a king’ – that’s my slogan.
Huey Long
It’s something I’ve always kicked around, not doing the eBook but the Rich Man, Poor Man thing.
Adam Carolla
He who does not believe has no soul. He is empty. He has no ideals. He has nothing to live for. He has no sunshine, no light. No joy in life. He is a poor, poor man.
Robert Ley
My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important.
Sidney Poitier
Content makes poor men rich; discontent makes rich men poor.
Benjamin Franklin
Seldom or never is a poor man honored by the world; however worthy of honor he may be, he is apt rather to be despised by it.
Teresa of Avila
I got a degree in sociology, didn’t read much fiction in college, and I was a pretty political, left-wing type of guy. I wanted to do some kind of work in social change and make things better for the poor man, and I was very romantic and passionate about it.
Andre Dubus
I know that a man who shows me his wealth is like the beggar who shows me his poverty; they are both looking for alms from me, the rich man for the alms of my envy, the poor man for the alms of my guilt.
Ben Hecht
A poor man who eats too much, as contradistinguished from a gourmand, who is a rich man who ”lives well.”
Elbert Hubbard
From a poor man, poor in Time, I was suddenly lifted up into a vast revenue; I could see no end of my possessions; I wanted some steward, or judicious bailiff, to manage my estates in Time for me.
Charles Lamb
I saw Deep Purple live once and I paid money for it and I thought, ‘Geez, this is ridiculous.’ You just see through all that sort of stuff. I never liked those Deep Purples or those sort of things. I always hated it. I always thought it was a poor man’s Led Zeppelin.
Angus Young
Whenever I find a great deal of gratitude in a poor man, I take it for granted there would be as much generosity if he were a rich man.
Alexander Pope
I never met a rich man who was happy, but I have only very occasionally met a poor man who did not want to become a rich man.
Malcolm Muggeridge
Who would be a poor man, a beggar man, a thief, if he held a rich man in his hand?
Jethro Tull
The poor man who enters into a partnership with one who is rich makes a risky venture.
It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man.
Gregory Nunn
Alas, poor men, their destiny. When all goes well a shadow will overthrow it. If it be unkind one stroke of a wet sponge wipes all the picture out.
A Christmas gambol oft could cheer The poor man’s heart through half the year.
Walter Scott
Sometimes I think that all mankind exist but to be bought and sold: The rich man’s paramour is gold, the poor man’s goddess, gold, gold, gold.
Ridgely Torrence
I saw no poor men, except a few intemperate ones. I saw some very poor women; but God and man know that the time has not come for women to make their injuries even heard of.
Harriet Martineau
If you want to help a hungry poor man sleeping on the bench, don’t ever wake him up; put some food on the bench, put some money and leave the place without looking at your back!
Mehmet Murat Ildan
Truth is not only a man’s ornament but his instrument; it is the great man’s glory, and the poor man’s stock: a man’s truth is his livelihood, his recommendation, his letters of credit.
Benjamin Whichcote
Traffic in the streets of Bombay is chaotic at best. Riding a bicycle is a dangerous occupation. However, there are hundreds of them on the streets competing with the cars and buses and lorries because it is the poor man’s mode of transport.
Rohinton Mistry
Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself
Swami Vivekananda
If bad and inexperienced politicians control power in Nigeria, my wealth may turn into poverty, and I am not ready to become a poor man.
Aliko Dangote
Remember that you are but an actor, acting whatever part the Master has ordained. It may be short or it may be long. If he wishes you to represent a poor man, do so heartily; if a cripple, or a magistrate, or a private man, in each case act your part with honor.
There are those who argue that everything breaks even in this old dump of a world of ours. I suppose these ginks who argue that way hold that because the rich man gets ice in the summer and the poor man gets it in the winter things are breaking even for both. Maybe so, but I’ll swear I can’t see it that way.
Bat Masterson
When you are a rich man you are proud to own a Rolls Royce and when you are a poor man you are proud to own a Renault.
Eric Cantona
The Jewish usurers are fast-rooted even in the smallest villages, and if they lend five gulden they require a security of six times as much. They charge interest, upon interest, and upon this again interest, so that the poor man loses everything that he owns.
Desiderius Erasmus
The rich man can afford to be happy and wise; the poor man is wiser still, for he understands sadness.
William Henry Chase
Whenever I had anything and saw a fellow being suffering, I was more anxious to relieve him than to benefit myself. And this is one of the true secrets of my being a poor man to this day.
Davy Crockett
Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
Baruch Spinoza
Boxing’s a poor man’s sport. We can’t afford to play golf or tennis. It is what it is. It’s kept so many kids off the street. It kept me off the street.
Sugar Ray Leonard
When you are weary of praying, and do not receive, consider how often you have heard a poor man calling, and have not listened to him.
Saint John Chrysostom
If woman’s sole responsibility is of the domestic type, one class will be crushed by it, and the other throw it off as a badge of poverty. The poor man’s motto, ‘Woman’s work is never done,’ leads inevitably to its antithesis – ladies’ work is never begun.
Antoinette Brown Blackwell
To give aid to every poor man is far beyond the reach and power of every man. Care of the poor is incumbent on society as a whole.
Baruch Spinoza
The really poor man is not the one who lacks money, but the one who lacks the joy of the heart.
Chinmayananda Saraswati