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Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.” — Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations

Extreme poverty anywhere is a threat to human security everywhere.”
— Kofi Annan, Seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.” — Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”
— Aristotle, Greek philosopher

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.” — Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader

“Poverty is the worst form of violence.”
— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader

“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn't commit.” — Eli Khamarov, writer

“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.”
— Eli Khamarov, writer

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.” — Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher

“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
— Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is enough.” — Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is enough.”
— Dr. Wess Stafford, President Emeritus of Compassion International

“To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor...it's nothing.” — Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist

“To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor…it’s nothing.”
— Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist

“To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.” — Jean Vanier, philosopher and theologian

“To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.”
— Jean Vanier, philosopher and theologian

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.” — Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

“The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”
— Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

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

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

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke, author and philosopher

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing.”
— Edmund Burke, author and philosopher

“There's more to doing good than hating evil.” — Anonymous

“There’s more to doing good than hating evil.”
— Anonymous

“Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.” — John Charles Salak, author

“Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought.”
— John Charles Salak, author

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours.” — C.S. Lewis, author and Christian apologist

“Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours.”
— C.S. Lewis, author and Christian apologist

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”

“When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed.”
— Mother Teresa, Roman Catholic nun

“There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed.” — Frank Buchman, Protestant evangelist

“There is enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not for everyone’s greed.”
— Frank Buchman, Protestant evangelist

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

“As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality exist in our world, none of us can truly rest.”
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” — John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.”
— John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.” — Muhammad Ali, professional boxer

“Wars of nations are fought to change maps. But wars of poverty are fought to map change.”
— Muhammad Ali, professional boxer

“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn't.” — Jeff Bridges, actor

“Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t.”
— Jeff Bridges, actor

“You can't get rid of poverty by giving people money.” — P.J. O'Rourke, political satirist

“You can’t get rid of poverty by giving people money.”
— P.J. O’Rourke, political satirist

“It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them.” — William E. Vaughn, columnist

“It would be nice if the poor were to get even half of the money that is spent in studying them.”
— William E. Vaughn, columnist

 

“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”
— Plutarch, Greek historian

“My work with the poor and the incarcerated has persuaded me that the opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice. ”
— Bryan Stevenson, social justice activist

“Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
— Coco Chanel, French fashion designer

“The Bible insists that the best test of a nation’s righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable in its midst.”
— Jim Wallis, Christian writer, and social activist

“Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war, and famine.”
— Adam Schiff, U.S. representative

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“Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth… are one and the same fight.”
— Ban Ki-moon, Eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.”
— Bill Gates, business magnate and philanthropist

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”
— Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
— Martin Luther King, Jr., Baptist minister and civil rights activist

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“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, 32nd President of the United States

“There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.”
— Mahatma Gandhi, Indian political and spiritual leader

“Child labor and poverty are inevitably bound together and if you continue to use the labor of children as the treatment for the social disease of poverty, you will have both poverty and child labor to the end of time.”
— Grace Abbott, social worker

“Where you live should not determine whether you live, or whether you die.”
— Bono, singer-songwriter and philanthropist

“Poverty does not belong in civilized human society. Its proper place is in a museum.”
— Muhammad Yunus, entrepreneur

“It is a common condition of being poor…you are always afraid that the good things in your life are temporary, that someone can take them away because you have no power beyond your own brute strength to stop them.”
— Rick Bragg, journalist

“Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It is the protection of a fundamental human right, the right to dignity and a decent life.”
— Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa

“Poverty of goods is easily cured; poverty of the mind is irreparable.”
— Michel de Montaigne, French philosopher

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