Inequality Sayings and Quotes

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

Inequality and hierarchy are natural, but that doesn't mean they are right, that doesn't mean there is isn't a productive tension between those forces and the forces of equality.     

Chris Hayes

If you're perpetuating discrimination, you're perpetuating inequality.     

Ellen Page

Inequality is bad for everyone, not just the middle class and the poor.     

Robert Reich

The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.     


A man willing to work, and unable to find work, is perhaps the saddest sight that fortune's inequality exhibits under this sun.     

Thomas Carlyle

Inequalities of Fate very curious. Should like, on this account, to believe in Reincarnation.     

E. M. Delafield

The inequality between the world's individuals is staggering.     

Zygmunt Bauman

It is not inequality which is the real misfortune, it is dependence.     


You need to look at inequality as a typical condition of modern society.     

Rem Koolhaas

Inequality is not just an issue between individuals, between classes, between regions. It's between urban and rural.     

Michael Ignatieff

Inequality promotes progress.     

James Cook

Any city, however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich; these are at war with one another.     


Growing inequality is a huge problem, and of course is intimately connected to xenophobia and racism.     

Adam Hochschild

Rising inequality isn't about who has the knowledge; it's about who has the power.     

Paul Krugman

Inequality doesn't create unhappiness.     

Timothy Noah

A certain inequality in regard to property still exists in a socialist society. But in a socialist society there is no unemployment, no exploitation, no oppression of nationalities.     

Joseph Stalin

Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.     

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We justify the inequalities by saying some people are just better and smarter than others and the strong should survive and the poor can die off.     

Frans De Waal

Massive inequality, we have learned, isn't the best way to run an economy after all. And when you think about it, it's also profoundly ugly.     

Thomas Frank

Inequality is a terrible waste of time, a waste of people's resources.     

Jeremy Corbyn

Poverty and wealth inequality are a form of instability into the future.     

Tavis Smiley

The inequality of income and fortunes is essential in capitalism.     

Ludwig Von Mises

Gender inequality is not one problem, it's a collection of problems.     

Amartya Sen

Our inequality materializes our upper class, vulgarizes our middle class, brutalizes our lower class.     

Matthew Arnold

Everyone has an equal right to inequality.     

John Ralston Saul

Rising inequality is a cultural and economic cancer on a lot of different levels.     

Kevin Drum

You have to be interested in inequality. The issue of inequality and that of poverty are not separable.     

Amartya Sen

Income inequality and wage stagnation finally took their place among the principal moral issues of our time.     

David Rolf

The higher the coefficient of inequality (Gini coefficient) in a society, the worse things tend to be for those at the bottom.     

Catherine Wilson

Inequality causes problems by creating fissures in societies, leaving those at the bottom feeling marginalized or disenfranchised.     

Nicholas Kristof

Income inequality matters more on a day-to-day basis. Wealth matters more for political influence.     

Thomas Pogge

Inequality of any kind, once considered a normal, natural part of human existence, came to be seen in the course of the twentieth century as increasingly illegitimate.     

Michael Mandelbaum

Inequality is the inevitable consequence of liberty.     

Salvador De Madariaga

When inequality gets to an extreme, it is completely useless for growth.     

Thomas Piketty

True education makes for inequality; the inequality of individuality, the inequality of success, the glorious inequality of talent, of genius; for inequality, not mediocrity, individual superiority, not standardization, is the measure of the progress of the world.     

Felix Emanuel Schelling

Inequality is the cause of all local movements.     

Leonardo da Vinci

There is always inequality in life. Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded and some men never leave the country. Life is unfair.     

John F. Kennedy

Education is not the only answer and it's certainly not the immediate solution. At best, it's a necessary, but not sufficient response to widening inequality.     

Robert Reich

Inequality makes everyone unhappy, the poor most of all, and that is well within the remit of the state. More money gives less extra happiness the richer we get, yet we are addicted to earning and spending more every year.     

Polly Toynbee

Inequality hardens society into a class system. Inequality divides us from one another. Inequality undermines democracy.     

George Packer

Inequality is the root of social evil.     

Pope Francis

Rising inequality is toxic to growth. High levels of inequality exclude people - both as innovators and customers - diminishing both innovation and demand.     

Nick Hanauer

Do not banish reason for inequality; but let your reason serve to make the truth appear where it seems hid, and hide the false seems true.     

William Shakespeare