Bum Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old bum quotes, bum sayings, and bum proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The poor would never be able to live at all if it were not for the poor.     

George Moore

The poor have little, beggars none, the rich too much, enough not one.     

Benjamin Franklin

Many a bum show has been saved by the flag.     

George M. Cohan

If you're going to be a bum, be the biggest. If you're going to blow it, blow it big.     

Broderick Crawford

The beggar is the only person in the universe not obliged to study appearance.     

Charles Lamb

A poor man with nothing in his belly needs hope, illusion, more than bread.     

Georges Bernanos

The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity.     

Jean-Paul Sartre

The bum was justified in his actions because he was homeless and poor. He was allowed to beg for money because the circumstances made it acceptable. Society had shunned him and he was owed that much.     

Karina Halle

Bums are the well to do of this day. They didn't have as far to fall.     

Jackson Pollock

To be poor and independent is very nearly an impossibility.     

William Cobbett

The poor are prevented from thinking by the discipline of others, the rich by their own.     

Theodor Adorno