Quotes about Homelessness

We’ve scoured the internet and gathered together some interesting and powerful quotes about homelessness:


missed-opportunities-2-1239516-from-freeimages-dot-com“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted”



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

Jack Kerouac


“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  (Oliver Twist)


Homeless Man in Sleeping Bag On The Street

“When you look into someone’s eyes and you can see that this person is outside of the reality of having a home…outside of the idea of being happy…outside the feeling of love and peace…then you can see homelessness…“

Peter Coyle (The Lotus Eaters)


Here, have a dollar

In fact, no brotherman here, have two

Two dollars means a snack for me

But it means a big deal to you”

Arrested Development (Opening lines to Mr Wendal)


“This unhoused, exiled Satan was perhaps the heavenly patron of all exiles, all unhoused people, all those who were torn from their place and left floating, half-this, half-that, denied the rooted person’s comforting, defining sense of having solid ground beneath their feet.”

Salman Rushdie


london-bridge-from-flickrI want to avoid people, because there’s only one thing worse than being homeless, and that’s people who are not, knowing that you are.”

Craig Stone – (The Squirrel That Dreamt Of Madness)



“Without the sleeping bag I’m just somebody up early in the morning, sitting under a tree. With the sleeping bag I’m nobody up early, sitting under a tree: a slight, but important difference in how I’ll be perceived.”

Craig Stone – (The Squirrel That Dreamt Of Madness)


“Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping them up”

 Jesse Jackson


“Human rights start with breakfast”

Léopold Sédar Senghor (First President of Senegal)


homeless-lady-on-bench“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.”

Alfred A. Montapert (Author)


“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet at last, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?”
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully. “It’s the same thing,” he said.”

A.A. Milne