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Quotation by Albion Fellows Bacon
... nothing seems completely to differentiate the poor but poverty. We find no adjectives to fit them, as a whole, only those of which Want is the mother. "Miserable" covers many; "shabby" most, and I am sadly aware that, in a large majority of minds, "disagreeable" includes them all.
Albion Fellows Bacon (1865–1933), U.S. social worker and housing reform advocate. Beauty for Ashes, ch. 6 (1914).
Reacting against the common belief that the poor typically were "lazy, shiftless, improvident, spendthrift, intemperate, lacking in honour, in honesty."
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