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From Paul Collier, The Bottom Billion:
Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It

Poverty is not intrinsically a trap, otherwise we would all still be poor.

Without an informed electorate, politicians will continue to use the bottom billion merely for photo opportunities, rather than promoting real transformation.

The key obstacle to reforming aid is public opinion.. Public opinion drives them into the "I care" photo opportunities that dominate aid.

Politicians would only move beyond gestures once there was a critical mass of informed citizens.

You are a citizen, and citizenship carries responsibilities.

Electorates tend to get the politicians they deserve.

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Poverty is everyone's problem. It cuts across any line you can name: age, race, social, geographic or religious. Whether you are black or white; rich, middle-class or poor, we are all touched by poverty.
       - Governor Kathleen Blanco

God is the comfort of the poor.
       - Georgian Proverb

You can't get rid of poverty by [mindlessly] giving people money.
       - P.J. O'Rourke [with Hearts & Minds' additional thought in brackets]

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty.
       - Mother Teresa

Poverty is the mother of crime.
       - Marcus Aurelius

A man isn’t poor if he can still laugh.
       - Raymond Hitchcock

If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
       - John F. Kennedy

It's easy to have principles when you're rich. The important thing is to have principles when you're poor.
       - Ray Kroc

Most of the poverty and misery in the world is due to bad government, lack of democracy, weak states, internal strife, and so on.
       - George Soros

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
       - Confucius

I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.
       - Judy Garland, actress

Think about it: Every educated person is not rich, but almost every educated person has a job and a way out of poverty. So education is a fundamental solution to poverty.
       - Governor Kathleen Blanco

Most poor people are not on welfare. . . I know they work. I’m a witness. They catch the early bus. They work every day. They raise other people’s children. They work every day. They clean the streets. They work every day. They drive vans with cabs. They work every day. They change beds you slept in these hotels last night and can’t get a union contract. They work every day . . .
Reverend Jesse Jackson

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Original quotes compiled by Gary Hyink and Bill Blackman. Additional quotes thanks to Felicia Daniels, Alyssa Boyett and Katie Lusk.
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