Poor Man Sayings and Quotes

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

By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.     


A poor man is like a foreigner in his own country.     

Ali Ibn Abi Talib

The poor man wants many things; the covetous man, all.     

Herman Melville

The poor man commands respect; the beggar must always excite anger.     

French Proverb

The poor man with industry is happier than the rich man in idleness.     

Henry Ward Beecher

A poor man is not the one without a cent. A poor man is the one without a dream.     

Henry Ford

The really poor man is not the one who lacks money, but the one who lacks the joy of the heart.     

Chinmayananda Saraswati

Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.     

Swami Vivekananda

When a poor man gives something, that is a sacrifice indeed. When a rich man gives something, it hardly rises to the same level.     

David Baldacci

A poor man knows the true value of money and will not dare waste it, but a rich man is extravagant and always looking for an opportunity to empty his pockets.     

Michael Bassey Johnson

A poor man's fear for money works against him.     

Matthew Ashimolowo

Live and think like a poor man and you'll always be OK.     

Gene Simmons

The poor man is poor because he will not heed instruction.     

Fred C. White

Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.     

Louis-Ferdinand Celine

The poor man is ruined as soon as he begins to ape the rich.     

Publilius Syrus

He is a poor man who can only measure his wealth in dollars.     

Woodrow M. Kroll

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

Georges Bernanos

The poor man's price of admittance to the favor of the rich is his self-respect.     

Ambrose Bierce

The poor man really has a stake in the country. The rich man hasn't; he can go away to New Guinea in a yacht.     

G.K. Chesterton

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

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

I believe that honor and money nearly always go together... 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 Ávila

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

Ability is a poor man's wealth.     

John Wooden

Even a poor man can receive honors.     


Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging.     

Denis Diderot

It is harder for a poor man to be successful than it is for a rich man.     

Gregory Nunn