|Paupertas omnium artium repertrix.|
Poverty is the discoverer of all the arts.
ApolloniusDe Magia. P. 285. 35.
| Leave the poor|
Some time for self-improvement. Let them not
Be forced to grind the bones out of their arms
For bread, but have some space to think and feel
Like moral and immortal creatures.
BaileyFestus. Sc. A Country Town.
|Lor même à la laideur donne un teint de beauté:|
Mais tout devient affreux avec la pauvreté.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
BoileauSatires. VIII. 209.
|Oh, the little more, and how much it is!|
And the little less, and what worlds away.
Robert BrowningBy the Fireside. St. 39.
|Needy knife-grinder! whither are ye going?|
Rough is the road, your wheel is out of order;
Bleak blows the blastyour hat has got a hole in it.
So have your breeches.
CanningThe Friend of Humanity and the Knife-Grinder.
|Thank God for poverty|
That makes and keeps us free,
And lets us go our unobtrusive way,
Glad of the sun and rain,
Upright, serene, humane,
Contented with the fortune of a day.
Bliss CarmanThe Word at Saint Kavins.
|Paupertatis onus patienter ferre memento.|
Patiently bear the burden of poverty.
Dionysius CatoDisticha. Lib. I. 21.
|He is now fast rising from affluence to poverty.|
S. L. Clemens (Mark Twain)Henry Ward Beechers Farm.
|The beggarly last doit.|
CowperThe Task. Bk. V. The Winter Morning Walk. L. 316.
|And plenty makes us poor.|
DrydenThe Medal. L. 126.
|Content with poverty, my soul I arm;|
And virtue, though in rags, will keep me warm.
DrydenThird Book of Horace. Ode 29.
|Living from hand to mouth.|
Du BartasDivine Weekes and Workes. Second Week. First Day. Pt. IV.
|The greatest man in history was the poorest.|
|Thou source of all my bliss and all my woe,|
That foundst me poor at first, and keepst me so.
GoldsmithDeserted Village. L. 413.
| The nakedness of the indigent world may be clothed from the trimmings of the vain.|
GoldsmithVicar of Wakefield. Ch. IV.
|Chill penury repressd their noble rage,|
And froze the genial current of the soul.
GrayElegy in a Country Churchyard. St. 13.
|Poverty is no sin.|
|Yes, child of suffering, thou mayst well be sure|
He who ordained the Sabbath loves the poor!
O. W. HolmesUrania; or, A Rhymed Lesson. L. 325.
|O God! that bread should be so dear,|
And flesh and blood so cheap!
HoodThe Song of the Shirt.
| Stitch! stitch! stitch!|
In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
And still with a voice of dolorous pitch,
Would that its tone could reach the Rich,
She sang this Song of the Shirt!
HoodSong of the Shirt. St. 11.
|Magnas inter opes inops.|
Penniless amid great plenty.
HoraceCarmina. Bk. III. 16. 28.
|Pauper enim non est cui rerum suppetet usus.|
He is not poor who has the use of necessary things.
HoraceEpistles. I. 12. 4.
|Ibit eo quo vis qui zonam perdidit.|
The man who has lost his purse will go wherever you wish.
HoraceEpistles. II. 2. 40.
|Grind the faces of the poor.|
Isaiah. III. 15.
|The poor always ye have with you.|
John. XII. 8.
| All this [wealth] excludes but one evil,poverty.|
Samuel JohnsonBoswells Life of Johnson. (1777).
|Nil habet infelix paupertas durius in se|
Quam quod ridiculos homines facit.
Cheerless poverty has no harder trial than this, that it makes men the subject of ridicule.
JuvenalSatires. III. V. 152.
|Haud facile emergunt quorum virtutibus obstat|
Res angusta domi.
They do not easily rise whose abilities are repressed by poverty at home.
JuvenalSatires. III. 164.
|Hic vivimus ambitiosa|
Here we all live in ambitious poverty.
JuvenalSatires. III. 182.
|O Poverty, thy thousand ills combined|
Sink not so deep into the generous mind,
As the contempt and laughter of mankind.
JuvenalSatires. III. L. 226. Giffords trans.
|Cantabit vacuus coram latrone viator.|
The traveler without money will sing before the robber.
JuvenalSatires. X. 22.
|Paupertas fugitur, totoque arcessitur orbe.|
Poverty is shunned and persecuted all over the globe.
LucanPharsalia. I. 166.
| If you are poor now, Æmilianus, you will always be poor. Riches are now given to none but the rich.|
MartialEpigrams. Bk. V. Ep. 8.
|Non est paupertas, Nestor, habere nihil.|
To have nothing is not poverty.
MartialEpigrams. XI. 32. 8.
| La pauvreté des biens est aysee à guerir; la pauvreté de lâme, impossible.|
The lack of wealth is easily repaired; but the poverty of the soul is irreparable.
MontaigneEssays. III. 10.
|Rattle his bones over the stones!|
Hes only a pauper whom nobody owns!
Thomas NoelThe Paupers Drive.
|Horrea formicæ tendunt ad inania nunquam|
Nullus ad amissas ibit amicus opes.
Ants do not bend their ways to empty barns, so no friend will visit the place of departed wealth.
OvidTristium. I. 9. 9.
|Inops, potentem dum vult imitari, perit.|
The poor, trying to imitate the powerful, perish.
PhædrusFables. I. 24. 1.
omnes artes perdocet.|
Poverty is a thorough instructress in all the arts.
PlautusStichus. Act II. 1.
|But to the world no bugbear is so great,|
As want of figure and a small estate.
PopeFirst Book of Horace. Ep. I. L. 67.
|Where are those troops of poor, that throngd of yore|
The good old landlords hospitable door?
PopeSatires of Dr. Donne. Satire II. L. 113.
| So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.|
Proverbs. VI. 11.
|The destruction of the poor is their poverty.|
Proverbs. X. 15.
| He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.|
Proverbs. XIX. 17.
|Blessed is he that considereth the poor.|
Psalms. XLI. 1.
|Wheneer I walk the public ways,|
How many poor that lack ablution
Do probe my heart with pensive gaze,
And beg a trivial contribution.
Owen SeamanBitter Cry of the Great Unpaid.
| Non qui parum habet, sed qui plus cupit, pauper est.|
Not he who has little, but he who wishes for more, is poor.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. II.
|Nemo tam pauper vivit quam natus est.|
No one lives so poor as he is born.
SenecaQuare bonis viris.
| No, madam, tis not so well that I am poor, though many of the rich are damned.|
Alls Well That Ends Well. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 17.
|I am as poor as Job, my lord, but not so patient.|
Henry IV. Pt. II. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 144.
| It is still her use|
To let the wretched man outlive his wealth,
To view with hollow eye and wrinkled brow
An age of poverty.
Merchant of Venice. Act IV. Sc. 1. L. 268.
|Poor and content is rich and rich enough,|
But riches fineless is as poor as winter
To him that ever fears he shall be poor.
Othello. Act III. Sc. 3. L. 172.
|Steppd me in poverty to the very lips.|
Othello. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 50.
|The world affords no law to make thee rich;|
Then be not poor, but break it, and take this.
My poverty, but not my will, consents.
I pay thy poverty, and not thy will.
Romeo and Juliet. Act V. Sc. 1. L. 73.
|Whose plenty made him pore.|
SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto IV. St. 29.
|His rawbone cheekes, through penurie and pine,|
Were shronke into his jawes, as he did never dyne.
SpenserFaerie Queene. Bk. I. Canto IX. St. 35.
|Paupertas sanitatis mater.|
Poverty is the mother of health.
Vincent of BeauvaisSpeculum Historiale. Bk. X. Ch. LXXI. HerbertJacula Prudentum.
|Wheneer I take my walks abroad,|
How many poor I see!
WattsPraise for Mercies.