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Muhammad Yunus Quotes and Sayings

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Poverty is unnecessary.
- Muhammad Yunus

Related topics: Finance

Business money is limitless.
- Muhammad Yunus

But we have created a society that does not allow opportunities
for those people to take care of themselves because
we have denied them those opportunities.
- Muhammad Yunus

Here we were talking about economic development,
about investing billions of dollars in various programs,
and I could see it wasn't billions of dollars people needed right away.
- Muhammad Yunus

 

I made a list of people who needed just a little bit of money.
And when the list was complete, there were 42 names.
The total amount of money they needed was $27.
I was shocked.
- Muhammad Yunus

I had no idea that I would ever get involved with something
like lending money to poor people,
given the circumstances in which I was working in Bangladesh.
- Muhammad Yunus

There are cultural issues everywhere -
in Bangladesh,
Latin America, Africa, wherever you go.
But somehow when we talk about cultural differences,
we magnify those differences.
- Muhammad Yunus

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My greatest challenge has been to change the mindset of people.
Mindsets play strange tricks on us.
We see things the way our minds have instructed our eyes to see.
- Muhammad Yunus

I went to the bank and proposed that they lend money to the poor people.
The bankers almost fell over.
- Muhammad Yunus

They explained to me that the bank cannot lend money
to poor people because these people are not creditworthy.
- Muhammad Yunus

Today, if you look at financial systems around the globe,
more than half the population of the world -
out of six billion people,
more than three billion - do not qualify to take out a loan from a bank.
This is a shame.
- Muhammad Yunus

Soon we saw that money going to women brought much
more benefit to the family than money going to the men.
So we changed our policy and gave a high priority to women.
As a result, now 96% of our four million borrowers
in Grameen Bank are women.
- Muhammad Yunus

I wanted to give money to people like this woman so
that they would be free from the moneylenders to sell
their product at the price which the markets gave them -
which was much higher than what the trader was giving them.
- Muhammad Yunus

I was teaching in one of the universities while the
country was suffering from a severe famine.
People were dying of hunger, and I felt very helpless.
As an economist, I had no tool in my tool box to fix that kind of situation.
- Muhammad Yunus

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino PHOTO

You can turn painful situations around through laughter.
If you can find humor in anything, even poverty,
you can survive it.
- Bill Cosby

Poverty with security is better than plenty
in the midst of fear and uncertainty.
- Aesop

As you simplify your life,
the laws of the universe will be simpler;
solitude will not be solitude,
poverty will not be poverty,
nor weakness weakness.
- Henry David Thoreau

Grant me the treasure of sublime poverty.
- St. Francis of Assisi

Love conquers all things except poverty and a toothache.
- Mae West PHOTO

Every optimist moves along with progress and hastens it,
while every pessimist would keep the worlds at a standstill.
The consequence of pessimism in the life of a nation
is the same as in the life of the individual.
Pessimism kills the instinct that
urges men to struggle against poverty,
ignorance and crime, and dries up
all the fountains of joy in the world.
- Helen Keller

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

A day spent without the sight or sound of beauty,
the contemplation of mystery,
or the search of truth or perfection
is a poverty-stricken day; and a succession
of such days is fatal to human life.
- Lewis Mumford

Poverty is the worst form of violence.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The most terrible poverty is loneliness
and the feeling of being unloved.
- Mother Teresa

Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted
is the most terrible poverty.
- Mother Teresa

Christian voters should start looking
at global warming and extreme poverty
as religious issues that speak to the culture of life.
- Al Franken

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody,
I think that is a much greater hunger,
a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat.
- Mother Teresa

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

Coming generations will learn equality from poverty,
and love from woes.
- Khalil Gibran

For every talent that poverty has stimulated it has blighted a hundred.
- John W. Gardner

Open markets offer the only realistic hope of pulling
billions of people in developing countries out of abject poverty,
while sustaining prosperity in the industrialized world.
- Kofi Annan

An important lever for sustained action in tackling
poverty and reducing hunger is money.
- Gro Harlem Brundtland

Money is better than poverty,
if only for financial reasons.
- Woody Allen

Poverty was the greatest motivating factor in my life.
- Jimmy Dean

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

Americans are blessed with great plenty;
we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation
to assist those who are suffering from poverty,
disease, war and famine.
- Adam Schiff

The chief problem of low-income farmers is poverty.
- Nelson Rockefeller

Poverty is not the root cause of crime.
- Rush Limbaugh

Poverty of course is no disgrace, but it is damned annoying.
- William Pitt

There was never a war on poverty.
Maybe there was a skirmish on poverty.
- Andrew Cuomo

The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles
dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty
of imagination and it's a big problem.
- Alex Cox

No family gets rich from earning the minimum wage.
In fact, the current minimum wage does not even lift a family out of poverty.
- Jon Corzine

There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with:
education,
poverty, and drugs.
Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.
- Steven Soderbergh

Poverty was an ornament on a learned man like a red ribbon on a white horse.
- Anzia Yezierska

The price of indulging yourself in your youth in the
things you cannot afford is poverty and dependence in your old age.
- Dorothy Dix

International lending banks need to focus on areas
where private investment doesn't go,
such as infrastructure projects, education and poverty relief.
- Joseph Stiglitz

Hope is necessary in every condition.
The miseries of poverty, sickness and captivity would,
without this comfort, be insupportable.
- William Samuel Johnson

Black people must address itself to the causes of poverty.
That's oppression in this country.
- H. Rap Brown

Luxury!
more perilous to youth than storms or quicksand,
poverty or chains.
- Hannah More

Whoever cultivates the golden mean avoids both the
poverty of a hovel and the envy of a palace.
- Horace

Money is only a vehicle that provides you with options,
and I say there's only one thing that money can't buy -
poverty.
- Jerry Doyle

Poverty is the frontier we have to be able to cross.
- Ricardo Lagos

Poverty wants some, luxury many, and avarice all things.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Their poverty secured their freedom,
since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
- Edward Gibbon

Oh, I realize it's a penny here and a penny there,
but look at me: I've worked myself up from nothing
to a state of extreme poverty.
- Arthur Sheekman

As society advances the standard of poverty rises.
- Theodore Parker

Neither great poverty nor great riches will hear reason.
- Henry Fielding

I thought in this country, the best social program was a job.
Yet minimum wage jobs aren't paying enough to keep families out of poverty.
- Barbara Mikulski

To be obliged to beg our daily happiness from others
bespeaks a more lamentable poverty than that of him
who begs his daily bread.
- Charles Caleb Colton

Life is an ordeal, albeit an exciting one,
but I wouldn't trade it for the good old days of poverty and obscurity.
- Jim Carrey

The common argument that crime is caused by poverty
is a kind of slander on the poor.
- H. L. Mencken

Wealth often takes away chances from men as well as poverty.
There is none to tell the rich to go on striving,
for a rich man makes the law that hallows and hollows his own life.
- Sean O'Casey

My sisters and I were fortunate to travel through Asia
and Europe at very young ages.
We confronted extraordinary beauty in Athens and unspeakable poverty in India.
- Mary Chapin Carpenter

Poverty makes you wise but it's a curse.
- Bertolt Brecht

Poverty and the rule of race that is called apartheid
drive the Transkeian migrant from security on the land to work in the cities,
and then back again.
- Ruth First

I have never known so much naive conviction allied
to greater intellectual poverty.
- Claude Levi-Strauss

It is unacceptable that someone can work full time -
and work hard -
and not be able to lift themselves out of poverty.
- Sherrod Brown

A doctrine of class war seemed to provide a solution
to the problem of poverty to people who know nothing
about how wealth is created.
- Jeane Kirkpatrick

Social Security is one of the greatest achievements
of the American government,
protecting our elderly against poverty and assuring
young people of a more secure future.
- Mark Foley

In America today, we are nearer a final triumph over
poverty than is any other land.
- Herbert Hoover


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