"The poor are rich in patience."
- "The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born" - Ayi Kwei Armah, 1968, p 39.
Normally, the wealthy people are rich in money, houses, cars, and the like. However, the poor people are not rich in anything like cars and beautiful houses but they are just rich in patience only. Patience is what they have. The author examined this aspect when he use the expressions 'fast drivers' and 'slow drivers' in the novel.
Examples of themes/issues related to the quote:
The poor are patient. They do not want to steal or exploit others in order to succeed. The writer of this novel encourages people to be patient and use legal means to attain what they want in life.