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The first generation in a family makes money (goes from rags to riches); the second generation holds or keeps the money; and the third generation squanders or loses the money (and so goes back to rags).
This saying suggests that if someone does something bad to us, it is better to pay them back later in time, not immediately. Vengeance may be more satisfying if it is not inflicted immediately.
When someone does something bad to us, we get a good feeling when we do something bad back to them.
Money can disappear easily. Money is like a bird with wings: it can fly away if you are not careful.
All things take time to create. And great things like the city of Rome take a very long time. So we shouldn't expect to accomplish something or achieve success immediately.
This saying implies that there are times when we should think for ourselves and not obey every rule blindly.