We respond with immediacy to desperate circumstances but often are unable to shift from crisis relief to the more complex work of long-term development.
--Robert D. Lupton, Toxic Charity
(In regards to the poor)
While having little or nothing, they taught me true gratitude. While struggling with unemployment, malnutrition, and many diseases, they taught me joy. While oppressed and exploited, they taught me community.
--Henri J. M. Nouwen, We Drink from Our Own Wells
If we want to reduce poverty, we have to stop doing the things that make people poor and keep them that way...at least we should decide, as a bare minimum principle, to stop kicking people when they're down.
Nickel and Dimed