100+ Homeless Quotes That Can Inspire

Homeless Quotes | A quote can say a lot about a person’s character, and homeless quotes in particular show us the strength and faith of many homeless people who’ve been able to keep their heads held high through the most difficult conditions.

For example, the following quote from Mother Teresa shows that even in the worst situations, we can always find something to feel grateful for: I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual – to serve him – because we can do nothing for the many.

Inspirational Quotes For Homeless Families

“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

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

– Unknown

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

– Wallace Stegner

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“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 Komensky

“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

“It takes a society to combat homelessness, and a strong nation to fight poverty.”

– Wayne Chirisa

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

“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

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

– Mehmet Murat Ildan

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

Encouraging Quotes For Homeless

“Treat him as a friend and save a life – A homeless man is not a leper.”

– Sir Kristian Goldmund Aumann

“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

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Homelessness is not a choice, but rather a journey that many find themselves in.”

– Asa Don Brown

“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

“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 Bravandt

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Homeless Quotes Images

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

– Raheem De Vaughn

“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

“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

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Homeless Quotes Images

Positive Quotes For The Homeless

“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

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

– Danielle Steel

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

– Jack Kerouac

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

“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

“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

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Poverty is the mother of crime.”

– Marcus Aurelius

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

– Bernie Glassman

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

– Daniel Quinn

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

Inspirational Quotes For Homeless People

“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

“The world of the homeless is a tough and interesting world.”

– Paul Dano

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

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

– Goitsemang Mvula

“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

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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

“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

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Homeless Quotes Images

“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 adequately clothed or sheltered, or to enjoy clean water or sanitary facilities.”

— Amartya Sen

Inspirational Quotes For Homeless Youth

“You know what the Quran teaches me? The Quran teaches me that an incredibly wealthy man can be a failure (Firaun) and a homeless man can be successful (Prophet Ibrahim). It teaches me that success has nothing to do with wealth and failure has nothing to do with poverty.”

– Nouman Ali Khan

“Homelessness, unemployment, drug addiction, mental illness, and illiteracy are only a few of the problems that disappear from public view when the human beings contending with them are relegated to cages.”

– Angela Davis

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“Kids have to be tough to survive on the streets of Kathmandu, where older gang members often beat and rob them. They face cold winters, hunger, homelessness, and unsympathetic police. But under each hardened shell there is still a child.”

– Craig Kielburger

“The baby Jesus was the last homeless person the Republicans liked.”

– Andy Borowitz

“How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?”

– Shane Claiborne

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Jesus never says to the poor: ‘come find the church’, but he says to those of us in the church: ‘go into the world and find the poor, hungry, homeless, imprisoned.”

– Tony Campolo

“Our true home is waiting for us, prepared by the Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Billy Graham

“Learning about factory farms and their horrendous treatment of animals is what made me become vegetarian in the first place. I also support the education of the public on adopting pets from animal shelters or saving homeless animals off the street in lieu of buying them from pet shops.”

– Laura Mennell

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Poverty is a weapon of mass destruction. Homelessness is a weapon of mass destruction. Unemployment is a weapon of mass destruction.”

– Dennis Kucinich

Famous Quotes About Poverty And Homelessness

“People who are homeless are not social inadequate. They are people without homes.”

– Sheila McKechnie

“I always try to tell a good story, one with a compelling plot that will keep the pages turning. That is my first and primary goal. Sometimes I can tackle an issue-homelessness, tobacco litigation, insurance fraud, the death penalty-and wrap a good story around it.”

– John Grisham

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Homeless Quotes Images

“I’m dating a homeless woman. It was easier talking her into staying over.”

– Garry Shandling

“I do not share the general view that market forces are the basis for political liberty. Every time I see a homeless person living in a cardboard box in London, I see that person as a victim of market forces. Everytime I see a pensioner who cannot manage, I know that he is a victim of market forces.”

– Tony Benn

“Everyone should have the right to a safe and secure home.”

– Corinne Bailey Rae

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Human beings can withstand a week without water, two weeks without food, many years of homelessness, but not loneliness. It is the worst of all tortures, the worst of all sufferings.”

– Paulo Coelho

“Empirically, all pornography is made under conditions of inequality based on s*x, overwhelmingly by poor, desperate, homeless, pimped women who were sexually abused as children.”

– Catharine MacKinnon

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

– Wallace Stegner

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Homeless Quotes Images

“I am the greatest tennis player. The other players are like coins in my pocket that I give to a homeless man.”

– Novak Djokovic

Random Homeless Quotes Inspirational

“Why should the wealth of the country be stored in banks and elevators while the idle workman wanders homeless about the streets and the idle loafers who hoard the gold only to spend it on riotous living are rolling about in fine carriages from which they look out on peaceful meetings and call them riots?”

– Samuel Gompers

“Our listening creates a sanctuary for the homeless parts within another person.”

– Rachel Naomi Remen

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Homeless Quotes Images

“I am thrice homeless, as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, and as a Jew throughout the world. Everywhere an intruder, never welcomed.”

– Gustav Mahler

“A house is a home when it shelters the body and comforts the soul.”

– Phillip Moffitt

“People are not homeless if they’re sleeping in the streets of their own hometowns.”

– Dan Quayle

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Homeless Quotes Images

“Of course money buys happiness. You ever seen a homeless person skip? The answer to that riddle’s no. They’re not allowed.”

– Daniel Tosh

“I often pay homeless people to come round and clean my car.”

– Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

“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

“They’re cute but they just chase you around all day long going, ‘Can I have a dollar? I’m missing a shoe! I need a ride!”

– Kathleen Madigan

“I went to a coaching center in my neighborhood. I had to leave the homeless situation because it was so bad and I knew that I was falling deeper and deeper.”

– Luis J. Rodriguez

Encouraging Quotes For Homeless

“I just think if I can go from being a homeless kid with a dream of being in the biggest band in the world and making that happen, I can do a lot of other cool stuff, too.”

– Nikki Sixx

“Adversities such as being homeless and going to prison has made many people stronger.”

– Philip Emeagwali

“I guess because I had such a horrible life growing up, going from place to place not knowing what I was gonna do and ending up being homeless, there was a lot of pain and a lot of anger that was coming out through my guitar playing.”

– Dave Mustaine

“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

“The people from the suburbs are bringing along their suburban values: cleanliness, orderliness, safety – dullness, in other words. As a result, urban areas are being hollowed out. Just look at Times Square in New York. No more sex shops, no drugs, no homeless people. The area is clinically clean and incredibly dull.”

– Rem Koolhaas

Let’s Wrap Up

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ~ Hebrews 11:1 Faith isn’t something that’s necessarily going to get you through homelessness, but it can help make some sense of it. No matter where you are in life—whether you’re homeless or just lacking stability—you need to focus on staying positive and looking forward to a better future. It may be difficult at times, but having faith can provide motivation when nothing else will.

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