Resentfulness and arrogance

子曰:「貧而無怨難,富而無驕易。」
Confucius said: “To be poor without being resentful is difficult; to be wealthy without being arrogant is easy.”

Confucius is probably implying that because the wealthy don’t have to worry too much about material comforts, they can devote more energy and time to curb their arrogance by following his teachings.

As for the poor, they are so focused on daily survival that they don’t have much of an opportunity to hold back their resentment about the lot they have been given in life.

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