先憂後楽, せんゆうこうらく

  • sen'yūkōraku

Definition of 先憂後楽,せんゆうこうらく

noun (common) (futsuumeishi)

  • hardship now, pleasure later
  • seeking pleasure only after dealing with difficulties
  • seeking pleasure only after the happiness of the people is assured (a precept to be observed by a ruler)

Related Kanji

before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
melancholy, grieve, lament, be anxious, sad, unhappy
behind, back, later
music, comfort, ease

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