81+ Best Homeless Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly wise homeless quotes will encourage you to think a little deeper than you usually would and broaden your perspective.

Famous Homeless Quotes

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

You can spend the money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course. Jello Biafra

When life gets hard, try to remember: the life you complain about is only a dream to some people 

You can’t change how people treat you or what they say about you. All you can do is change how you react to it. Mahatma Gandhi

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

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

My life was 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 Komensky

There comes a point in your life when you need to stop reading other people’s books and write your own. Albert Einstein

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

People can be so apathetic. They continue to ignore the real people trapped in poverty and homelessness. It’s almost maddening. Daphne Zuniga

It takes a society to combat homelessness, and a strong nation to fight poverty  Wayne Chirisa

Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs, if they can have no shelter, if illiteracy and disease continue to dog them. Nelson Mandela

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. Adler

I always give homeless people money, and my friends yell at me, He’s only going to buy more alcohol and cigarettes. And I’m thinking, Oh, like I wasn’t? Kathleen Madigan

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

We just can’t stop people from being homeless if that’s their choice. Tony Abbott

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

These days many politicians are demanding change. Just like homeless people. George Carlin

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

My daughter, dad, where do homeless people come from? My answer, everywhere. Ray Price

Treat him as a friend and save a life. A homeless man is not a leper.  Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

Portland in particular is a cheap enough place to live that you can still develop your passion for painting, writing, music. People seem less status conscious. Even wealthy people buy second hand clothes and look a little bit homeless.

 Chuck Palahniuk

Like you, I know people who drink, people who do drugs, and bosses who have tantrums and treat their subordinates like dirt. They all have good jobs. Were they to become homeless, some of them would surely also become ‘alcoholics,’ addicts, or mentally ill.  Elliot Liebow

A random group of homeless people under a bridge would be far more intellectually sound and principled than anything I’ve encountered at the university so far. Ward Churchill

Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.  Asa Dan Brown

The works of mercy are the opposite of the works of war, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, nursing the sick, visiting the prisoner. But we are destroying crops, setting fire to entire villages and to the people in them. We are not performing the works of mercy but the works of war. Dorothy Day

Escaping poverty among the physical barriers is difficult, but with the added emotional toll, it’s almost impossible. It’s not as simple as we’d like to think.  Terence Lester

I’m not so sure that people consider homelessness to be as important as, say, the Vietnam War. One should never even try to equate them because, of course, they’re tragedies on both sides of the coin. Graham Nash

Homeless exist because billionaires exist. In polarity, there is extreme poverty and extreme wealth. Bridge the gap between the two and you will find balance and an earth that will survive the threat of humanity’s self imposed climate change. Earth is a reflection of humanity.  Deborah Brabandt

We need to take a discrete population to give people the confidence that if we can end veterans’ homelessness , we can attack chronic homelessness, families and other populations like foster youth, who each have distinct needs. John Carlos Frey

We live in a world where there is so much wealth. There shouldn’t be a homeless person. That’s crazy.  Raheem Devaughn

Intelligent people tend to have less friends than the average person. The smarter you are, the more selective you become. Nikola Tesla

You can spend money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.  Jello Biafra

That’s why rock stars dress like homeless people. Adolescence is a fall. It’s when every child becomes an orphan. Heather O’Neill

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 difference as us; they just have a different story.  Ron Hall

I personally go to the airport looking like a homeless person, because I think people will leave me alone. But I dress myself with all my luggage matches. Andre Leon Talley

The worst poverty isn’t about not having enough money to survive. Real poverty is when there is no one in the world who loves you. When there is no other human to make you feel like you matter. As if you aren’t worth the air you breathe. Poverty of love is the worst thing you can be deprived of.  Paige Dearth

What we have found in this country, and maybe we’re more aware of it now, is one problem that we’ve had, even in the best of times, and that is the people who are sleeping on the grates, the homeless, you might say, by choice. Ronald Reagan

 Homelessness is not just about having a job or an apartment. Too often homelessness is due to a disordered mind.  Danielle Steel

When life gets hard, try to remember: the life you complain about is only a dream to some people 

 After all, a homeless man has reason to cry, everything in the world is pointed against him.  Jack Kerouac

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

Before you ignore another homeless person on the street, just remember that that could be someone’s father or someone’s mother and they have a story.  Syesha Mercado

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

 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

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

 To save a life is a real and beautiful thing. To make a home for the homeless, yes, it is a thing that must be good; whatever the world may say, it cannot be wrong.  Vincent Van Gogh

Like you, I know people who drink, people who do drugs, and bosses who have tantrums and treat their subordinates like dirt. They all have good jobs. Were they to become homeless, some of them would surely also become ‘alcoholics,’ ‘addicts,’ or ‘mentally ill.  Elliot Liebow

Poverty is the mother of crime.  Marcus Aurelius

Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.  Asa Dan Brown

 When we bear witness when we become the situation  homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death  the right action arises by itself.  Bernie Glassman

You can spend money on new housing for poor people and the homeless, or you can spend it on a football stadium or a golf course.  Jello Biafra

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

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

People will sooner aid a sick dog lying on the sidewalk than to try to find shelter for a sick person. It’s too much to deal with. Michael Zaslow

The worst poverty isn’t about not having enough money to survive. Real poverty is when there is no one in the world who loves you. When there is no other human to make you feel like you matter. As if you aren’t worth the air you breathe. Poverty of love is the worst thing you can be deprived of.  Paige Death

 One of the toughest jobs we have is convincing some people that we’re not making up this problem. The homeless out here may be harder to see, but they are all around, right beneath the surface.  Dottie Kastigar

After all, a homeless man has reason to cry, everything in the world is pointed against him.  Jack Kerouac

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

Before you ignore another homeless person on the street, just remember that that could be someone’s father or someone’s mother and they have a story.  Syesha Mercado

 To those who are struggling. To talk about a struggle, you’re likely to forget about it. To be shown a struggle, you’re likely not to forget it. But, to live through a struggle, you’ll understand it. Valerie Owens

Poverty is the mother of crime.  Marcus Aurelius

Homelessness is not the result of not having a house, it’s a lack of a soul in a body. Goitsemang Mvula

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

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

One of the toughest jobs we have is convincing some people that we’re not making up this problem. The homeless out here may be harder to see, but they are all around, right beneath the surface.  Dottie Kastigar

Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs, if they can have no shelter, if illiteracy and disease continue to dog them.  Nelson Mandela

Freedom is meaningless if people cannot put food in their stomachs, if they can have no shelter, if illiteracy and disease continue to dog them.  Nelson Mandela

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

There’s no reason someone who has fought for their country should be homeless or jobless.  Chris Kyle

 Not everyone who’s homeless is a drug addict or in need of mental health care. Some are normal people who’ve been knocked down, and it can happen to you too. Not all of us made bad life choices.   Sherrilyn Kenyon

We need to take a discrete population to give people the confidence that if we can end veterans’ homelessness , we can attack chronic homelessness, families and other populations like foster youth, who each have distinct needs.

 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

If we truly want to end youth homelessness then we have to invest in prevention and support communities as they work to implement these life changing efforts.

There’s no reason someone who has fought for their country should be homeless or jobless.  Chris Kyle

I believe that we all have a responsibility to give back. No one becomes successful without lots of hard work, support from others, and a little luck. Giving back creates a virtuous cycle that makes everyone more successful.  Ron Conway

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

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gandhi

These things become the norm: that some homeless people die of cold on the streets is not news. In contrast, a ten point drop in the stock markets of some cities is a tragedy.  Pope Francis

Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness.  Seneca

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