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Benjamin FranklinCreditors have better memories than debtors.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Mark TwainA banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

Gore VidalOn 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died.

—  Gore Vidal, 1925-2012, American writer

Ronald ReaganWe don't have a trillion-dollar debt because we haven't taxed enough; we have a trillion-dollar debt because we spend too much.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

Charles Caleb ColtonThe excess of our youth are checks written against our age and they are payable with interest thirty years later.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

Victor HugoA creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.

—  Victor Hugo, 1802-1885, French writer

George WashingtonThere is no practice more dangerous than that of borrowing money.

—  George Washington, 1732-1799, the first American President

William ShakespeareNeither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ Hamlet


Funny Quotes

Oscar WildeAlways borrow money from a pessimist. He won’t expect it back.

—  Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900, Irish writer


Ancient Greek

MenanderLoans make slaves out of free men.

Τα δάνεια δούλους τους ελευθέρους ποιεί.

—  Menander, 4th cent. BC, Ancient Greek dramatist (New Comedy)

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