The rich are never threatened by the poor — they do not notice them.
A thousand influences constantly press a working man down into a passive role. He does not act; he is acted upon. He feels himself the slave of mysterious authority and has a firm conviction that “they” will never allow him to do this, that, and the other. Once when I was hop-picking I asked the sweated pickers (they earn something under sixpence an hour) why they did not form a union. I was told immediately that “they” would never allow it. Who were “they”? I asked. Nobody seemed to know, but evidently “they” were omnipotent.
The trouble with being poor is that it takes up all of your time.
The tax collector must love poor people, he's creating so many of them.
Money is better than poverty, if only for financial reasons.