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He learned that when people are very poor they still have something to give and the impulse to give it.

East of Eden
If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.

The Grapes of Wrath
The poor have sometimes objected to being governed badly; the rich have always objected to being governed at all
The honest poor can sometimes forget poverty. The honest rich can never forget it
There are two types of poor people, those who are poor together and those who are poor alone. The first are the true poor, the others are rich people out of luck
The poor don't know that their function in life is to exercise our generosity
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life
He is poor indeed that can promise nothing
He is not poor that hath not much, but he that craves much
Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."