From The Sayings of Confucius:
"When good government prevails in a State, language may be lofty and bold, and actions the same. When bad government prevails, the actions may be lofty and bold, but the language should be with some reserve. When a country is well governed, poverty and mean condition are something to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honors are something to be ashamed of."