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Homeless Quotes

Healthcare as a human right, it means that every child, no matter where you are born, should have access to a college or trade-school education if they so choose it, and I think no person should be homeless if we can have public structures and public policy to allow for people to have homes and food and lead a dignified life in the United States. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

“I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.” 
― Beryl Markham,

“I no longer follow the voices of the sane. I follow the ill because they see farther, feel much more and change what the sane will not. This is the paradox of philosophers—trying to understand mass delusion among great people that have faith and knowledge, yet they can’t graduate from their institutions of religious theology to apply the knowledge they have gained for the shifting of Zion—- from words to action; from comfort to uncomfortable; from self serving to self giving; from competition to supporting; to tradition to unity; from bias to acceptance; from me to us.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.   Linda Lingle

“In today’s climate in our country, which is sickened with the pollution of pollution, threatened with the prominence of AIDS, riddled with burgeoning racism, rife with growing huddles of the homeless, we need art and we need art in all forms. We need all methods of art to be present, everywhere present, and all the time present.” 
— Maya Angelou

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

“Always tell your parents how wonderful they are.”

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

Home’s where you go when you run out of homes.” 
― John le Carré, 

“But why is it that if you imagine a baby who smells of milk, for example, you can’t help smiling? Why is there such an agreement around the world about what is or isn’t a foul smell? Who decided what smells bad? Is it impossible that somewhere in this world there are people who, if they sat next to a homeless fellow they’d get the urge to snuggle up to him, but if they sat next to a baby they’d get an urge to kill it?” 
― Ryū Murakami,

The world of the homeless is a tough and interesting world.     Paul Dano

Clearly, there are a thousand and one scenarios for how someone can slip through the cracks. I’ll walk down the street and see a homeless person, and I’ll want to stop them and say, How did this happen? Where’s your mother? Are you physically ill? Mentally ill? 
— William Baldwin

There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.Jan Schakowsky

 “Stay in school and try your best to do well”

Most people never really sat down and got to know a homeless person, but every homeless person is just a real person that was created by God and it is the same kind of different as us; they just have a different story. Ron Hall 

“Maybe your country is only a place you make up in your own mind. Something you dream about and sing about. Maybe it’s not a place on the map at all, but just a story full of people you meet and places you visit, full of books and films you’ve been to. I’m not afraid of being homesick and having no language to live in. I don’t have to be like anyone else. I’m walking on the wall and nobody can stop me.” 
― Hugo Hamilton,

“Nowhere in the bible did it say, “Only show compassion and empathy to those you can trust.” If we did that, we would be burying homeless people every day.” 
― Shannon L. Alder

They are safe but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it’s just a disaster for everyone.Teri Hatcher

 Peace is no mere matter of men fighting or not fighting. Peace, to have meaning for many who have known only suffering in both peace and war, must be translated into bread or rice, shelter, health, and education, as well as freedom and human dignity – a steadily better life. If peace is to be secure, long-suffering and long-starved, forgotten peoples of the world, the underprivileged and the undernourished, must begin to realize without delay the promise of a new day and a new life. 
—  J. Bunche

People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.Sheila McKechnie

Stay away from drugs… once that shit has a hold of you, it won’t let go.”

There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help. Jan Schakowsky

Home is a notion that only nations of the homeless fully appreciate and only the uprooted comprehend.” 
― Wallace Stegner, 

“While there are millions of hungry people all around the world, while there are thousands of homeless people in every country, while some continents are in a horrible poverty, while there are not enough schools, not enough hospitals in the entire world, building churches, mosques, synagogues or temples or spending money on guns, on war industry are the greatest treasons to humanity!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

People who are homeless are not social inadequates. They are people without homes.     Sheila McKechnie

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness. Having few desires, feeling satisfied with what you have, is very vital: satisfaction with just enough food, clothing, and shelter to protect yourself from the elements. And finally, there is an intense delight in abandoning faulty states of mind and in cultivating helpful ones in meditation.”
– The Dalai Lama

If sometimes our poor people have had to die of starvation, it is not that God didn’t care for them, but because you and I didn’t give, were not an instrument of love in the hands of God, to give them that bread, to give them that clothing; because we did not recognize him, when once more Christ came in distressing disguise, in the hungry man, in the lonely man, in the homeless child, and seeking for shelter.Mother Teresa

As an immigrant, I truly believed when I was coming to this country that people had the tools necessary to life to live a life that is prosperous, that is just and free. So, every single day, I am shocked with the hypocrisy of this country. That we are the wealthiest nation in the world. But we cannot figure out how to house our homeless people. Ilhan Omar

It must surely be a tribute to the resilience of the human spirit that even a small number of those men and women in the hell of the prison system survive it and hold on to their humanity.” 
― Howard Zinn

“His body had become a companion which seemed always about to leave him: it had its own pains which moved him to pity, and its own particular movements which he tried hard to follow. He had learned from it how to keep his eyes down on the road, so that he could see no one, and how important it was never to look back – although there were times when memories of an earlier life filled him with grief and he lay face down upon the grass until the sweet rank odour of the earth brought him to his senses. But slowly he forgot where it was he had come from, and what it was he was escaping.” 
― Peter Ackroyd

We must all work together to end youth homelessness in America.Jewel Kilcher

 “What we would like to do is change the world-make it a little simpler for people to feed, clothe, and shelter themselves as God intended for them to do.
 Dorothy Day

Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen.Morgan Freeman

“Don’t let anyone tell you what to do… only you can control your actions.”

As an immigrant, I truly believed when I was coming to this country that people had the tools necessary to life to live a life that is prosperous, that is just and free. So, every single day, I am shocked with the hypocrisy of this country. That we are the wealthiest nation in the world. But we cannot figure out how to house our homeless people. Ilhan Omar

She might be without country, without nation, but inside her there was still a being that could exist and be free, that could simply say I am without adding a this, or a that, without saying I am Indian, Guyanese, English, or anything else in the world.” 
― Sharon Maas

“They [homeless people] are constructed ideologically to be oppressed to the level of losing their humanity. It is not by chance it is a design.” 
― Bruno De Oliveira,

Homelessness is the actor’s fate; physical incapacity to attain what is most required and desired by such a spirit as I am a slave to.     Edwin Booth

“What difference does it make to the dead, the orphans, and the homeless, whether the mad destruction is wrought under the name of totalitarianism or the holy name of liberty or democracy?” 
— Mohandas Gandhi

There is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell. It is all a dream, a grotesque and foolish dream. Nothing exists but you. And you are but a thought -a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!Mark Twain

“I have my body and my mind, so I don’t consider myself homeless.”

The biggest misconception about the homeless is that they got themselves in the mess – let them get themselves out. Many people think they are simply lazy. I urge those to make a friend at a local mission and find out how wrong these assumptions are. Ron Hall

Sometimes it’s easy to walk by because we know we can’t change someone’s whole life in a single afternoon. But what we fail to realize it that simple kindness can go a long way toward encouraging someone who is stuck in a desolate place.” 
― Mike Yankoski

Give me a sandwich and think you saved the world? It don’t work like that! God sent you to give me two pieces of bread with a slice of cheese and a flimsy circle of bologna and cheap bright yellow mustard and that’s suppose to make for ten years living in a cardboard box? God loves me because you gave me a half-assed sandwich? I’m homeless- not crazy!’….’ That ain’t good enough’ the bum said. ‘I gotta few things you can tell your god the next time you pray in your warm house with a toilet in it and a whole refridgerator of food that you’d never give to bums like me because it costs too much and it ain’t no bum food. I bet you got a dog that eats better than me.” 
― mathew quick

Most homeless kids are on the streets because they have been forced by circumstances that cause them to think that they are safer there than in any home they once knew.     Jewel

When we bear witness, when we become the situation — homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death — the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what to do. We don’t have to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we listen with our entire body and mind, loving action arises.
— Bernie Glassman

Don’t try to drive the homeless into places we find suitable. Help them survive in places they find suitable.Daniel Quinn

No one will hire me because I’m homeless.”

I’ve lived in many things – boats, caravans, and buses. I’ve been homeless, I’ve had no money: everything. But I believe in magic, and having a vision. The tough times made me a warrior. I work hard. Neon Hitch

“Above all others I pity the homeless: where can they go to masturbate?” 
― Robert Clark

“Let your love be the kindness to make a homeless person believe that a soul needs something more than just four walls and a ceiling.” 
― Munia Khan

More and more people are facing homelessness and housing problems.Adam Sampson

 “They are safe but they are not in their homes. They are city-less. I think it’s just a disaster for everyone.”
 Teri Hatcher

Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless.Pras Michel

“My children won’t speak to me.”

Life is now a war zone, and as such, the number of people considered disposable has grown exponentially, and this includes low income whites, poor minorities, immigrants, the unemployed, the homeless, and a range of people who are viewed as a liability to capital and its endless predatory quest for power and profits. Henry Giroux

“I wasn’t going to have enough money to pay for a Good Lifestyle, which meant I’d feel ashamed, which meant I’d get depressed, and that was the big one because I knew what that did to me: it made it so I wouldn’t get out of bed, which led to the ultimate thing—homelessness. If you can’t get out of bed for long enough, people come and take your bed away.” 
― Ned Vizzini

“There are millions of homeless people in the world because humanity does not have a proper conscience!” 
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Homelessness among seniors is a tragedy we never want to see happen. Fortunately, the city does not have a large population of seniors without permanent housing, and although we have seen a slight increase – less than one-half percent – they make up less than 3 percent of the city’s homeless population overall.Angela Allen

 I mean, I don’t think I’m alone when I look at the homeless person or the bum or the psychotic or the drunk or the drug addict or the criminal and see their baby pictures in my mind’s eye. You don’t think they were cute like every other baby? 
— Dustin Hoffman

We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.Linda Lingle

“Smile always. Life isn’t too bad, all things considered.”

Economic inequality is not about food stamps and homeless shelters. It is about being a devotee of social justice and equality. Mike Quigley

“Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well-housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger-worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world.” 
― Charles Dickens,

“The Key to overcoming the challenges in life is to make up your mind to overcome the Challenge” 
― Carlton Young

Realistically, you aren’t going to be able to completely end homelessness. But we certainly can do a much better job that we’re doing right now.     Cliff Smith

 “If Americans ever allow banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless” 
Thomas Jefferson

Government alone cannot solve the problems we deal with in our correctional facilities, treatment centers, homeless shelters and crisis centers – we need our faith-based and community partners.Dirk Kempthorne

The best thing you can do is serve the homeless is to work with an established charity. Be wary of local policies, as some cities (like San Antonio) persecute the homeless population through legislation that makes it hard for them to find access to shelter, hygiene, and food. Do your research and do your best to serve those who need it. Organize drives for hygiene items, packable foods, and shoes.

Seven out of 10 Americans are one paycheck away from being homeless. Pras Michel

Thank God I have parents who’d support the crazy things I did. If my dad found a snake, I’d take it to the woods. I was always taking these homeless birds and homeless cats home. Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

“My life was a wandering; I never had a homeland. It was a matter of being constantly tossed about, without rest; nowhere and never did I find a home.” 
― Jan Amos Komenský

“A homeless person should know that many souls feel utterly homeless in spite of living into the bodies of wealthy homeowners” 
― Munia Khan

Although homelessness can happen to anyone, it just wasn’t expected.Linda Lewis

 We must all work together to end youth homelessness in America
— Jewel

Music is the fourth great material want, first food, then clothes, then shelter, then music.Christian Nestell Bovee

No one is asking what happened to all the homeless. No one cares, because it’s easier to get on the subway and not be accosted. Richard Linklater

“A castaway in the sea was going down for the third time when he caught sight of a passing ship. Gathering his last strength, he waved frantically and called for help. Someone on board peered at him scornfully and shouted back, “Get a boat!” 
― Daniel Quinn

“Home was never a dream for homeless people as they used to have their homes. Living in a home was their reality. Now we need to help them to find the lost-reality again.” 
― Munia Khan

Our ultimate goal is to help people end their homelessness. The Street Needs Assessment is a new tool that we will use to help us achieve this goal.     Phil Brown

Most homeless kids are on the streets because they have been forced by circumstances that cause them to think that they are safer there than in any home they once knew.
— Jewel

I went from broke and homeless sleeping on couches. Couldn’t even figure out what I was doing in Los Angeles. Now, I’m paying my own bills. I’m about to move my mama in with me at 19. I’m on tour now, and this is all off of one mixtape. Kehlani

“It’s better to have nothing,’ the children were saying.” 
― Marilynne Robinson

“I have the liberty to defecate anywhere I like,
For my mother has no privacy to pee.” 
― Vinod Varghese Antony, 

Homelessness is a problem that people don’t come in contact with on a daily basis. It tends to not get the publicity that a major disaster would get.     Phil Frame

 We have weapons of mass destruction we have to address here at home. Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction. 
— Dennis Kucinich

Public housing is more than just a place to live, public housing programs should provide opportunities to residents and their families.Carolyn McCarthy

When I was living in New York and didn’t have a penny to my name, I would walk around the streets and occasionally I would see an alcove or something. And I’d think, that’ll be good, that’ll be a good spot for me when I’m homeless. Larry David

“Poverty is what you see in the eyes of a Black child living in the squatter camp.Matsime Simon Mohapi” 
― Matsime Simon Mohapi,

Abortive time: unwilling to tarry
Daylight begins to hide into the heat
His moonless night desires to be starry
Those lame knees want to break down on his feetFrom the poem Sonnet For A Man (Part I)” 
― Munia Khan

Homelessness is a part of our American system. There should be nothing wrong with this condition as long as the individual is not sentenced to unnecessary suffering and punishment.     Jerzy Kosinski

 If you walk down the street and see someone in a box, you have a choice. That person is either the other and you’re fearful of them, or that person is an extension of your family.
— Susan Sarandon

You never know what’s going to happen with television these days.Patrick Warburton

Over the years, I have been a house painter, farm worker, paste-up artist, Easter Bunny, pizza delivery person, homeless shelter staff member, and counselor for adults and kids with mental illness – I quit my last real job in 2000 to work on writing full-time. Jennifer McMahon

“Sleep, ladies. I will be your St. Florian.” Tomaso” 
― Eileen Granfors,

“As the director of one of the agencies providing free mental health services says, the Audubon Society spends more time, care, and money counting birds than we do counting homeless people.” 
― Danielle Steel,

People think that homeless people are not human beings and that it’s OK to hurt them and, most importantly, they think they can get away with it.     Michael Stoops

 Sometimes the lack of substantive freedoms relates directly to economic poverty, which robs people of the freedom to satisfy hunger; or to achieve sufficient nutrition, or to obtain remedies for treatable illnesses or the opportunity to be adequatley clothed or sheltered, or to enjoy clean water or sanitary facilities.
— Amartya Sen

Sleep, to the homeless thou art home; the friendless find in thee a friendEbenezer Elliott