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Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting. Options
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Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.

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Yeah. Being poor is just as relative as being rich, though for sure the latter is more preferable – at least as "a mere trifle".
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Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
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According to Bredve, Hindi philosopher, there is no poverty; just an individual perception
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Context from: Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow


4. ON BEING HARD UP

There have been a good many funny things said and written about hardupishness, but the reality is not funny, for all that. It is not funny to have to haggle over pennies. It isn't funny to be thought mean and stingy. It isn't funny to be shabby and to be ashamed of your address. No, there is nothing at all funny in poverty--to the poor. It is hell upon earth to a sensitive man; and many a brave gentleman who would have faced the labors of Hercules has had his heart broken by its petty miseries.

It is not the actual discomforts themselves that are hard to bear. Who would mind roughing it a bit if that were all it meant? What cared Robinson Crusoe for a patch on his trousers? Did he wear trousers? I forget; or did he go about as he does in the pantomimes? What did it matter to him if his toes did stick out of his boots? and what if his umbrella was a cotton one, so long as it kept the rain off? His shabbiness did not trouble him; there was none of his friends round about to sneer him.

Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting. It is not cold that makes a man without a great-coat hurry along so quickly. It is not all shame at telling lies--which he knows will not be believed--that makes him turn so red when he informs you that he considers great-coats unhealthy and never carries an umbrella on principle. It is easy enough to say that poverty is no crime. No; if it were men wouldn't be ashamed of it. It's a blunder, though, and is punished as such. A poor man is despised the whole world over; despised as much by a Christian as by a lord, as much by a demagogue as by a footman, and not all the copy-book maxims ever set for ink stained youth will make him respected. Appearances are everything, so far as human opinion goes, and the man who will walk down Piccadilly arm in arm with the most notorious scamp in London, provided he is a well-dressed one, will slink up a back street to say a couple of words to a seedy-looking gentleman. And the seedy-looking gentleman knows this--no one better--and will go a mile round to avoid meeting an acquaintance. Those that knew him in his prosperity need never trouble themselves to look the other way. He is a thousand times more anxious that they should not see him than they can be; and as to their assistance, there is nothing he dreads more than the offer of it. All he wants is to be forgotten; and in this respect he is generally fortunate enough to get what he wants.

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Emel Rapchan
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Being poor is a mere trifle. It is being known to be poor that is the sting.
-Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

- I totally get the idea behind this excerpt from Jerome work, but I have been dealing with another point of view.
- There is no poverty in wealth that a strong spirit can't deal with and win. There's only poverty in spirit.
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