Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
HENRIK IBSEN, A Doll's House
It is easier to refuse a friend a loan than to press him for payment.
If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some; for he that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, Poor Richard's Almanac
The surest way to ruin a man who doesn't know how to handle money is to give him some.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Heartbreak House
If you lend money to any of My people ... you shall not be to him as a creditor; neither shall ye lay upon him interest.
A borrowed cloak does not keep one warm.
Never spend anything before thou have it; for borrowing is the canker and death of every man's estate.
SIR WALTER RALEIGH, Instructions To His Sons
It is a fraud to borrow what we are unable to pay.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS, attributed, Iron Sharpens Iron: Wisdom of the Ages
Who builds his house with other people's money is as one who gathers stones for his own sepulchre.
Borrowing is not much better than begging; just as lending with interest is not much better than stealing.
DORIS LESSING, attributed, Learning, Earning and Investing
If you would keep your poverty a secret, neither borrow nor beg.
E. P. DAY, attributed, Day's Collacon
It is difficult to begin without borrowing, but perhaps it is the most generous course thus to permit your fellow-men to have an interest in your enterprise.
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden
The borrower is a servant to the lender.
The sin of government borrowing stems from the combination of economic inefficency and our once-every-few-years election system. The man in power is reluctant to raise taxes: a tax-hike is too obvious a sign of government incompetence and too visible an encroachment upon the taxpayer's wealth. So why not go the subtle way?
MOTTY PEREL, Smiling for Profit
Before borrowing money from a friend it's best to decide which you need most.
JOE MOORE, Have You Ever Noticed?
Debt is a bottomless sea.
THOMAS CARLYLE, Forty Thousand Quotations, Prose and Poetical
Have a horse of thine own and thou mayst borrow another's.
Borrowing is not a revenue, and the repayment of debt is not an outlay.
UNITED STATES CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE, Federal Debt and Interest Costs, 1993
Lend money, and acquire an enemy.
Acquaintance. A person whom we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
AMBROSE BIERCE, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
Borrowing may do for once, but make it not a custom.
J. P. BISHOP, attributed, Day's Collacon
One who borrows brews his own trouble.
Long borrowed is not given.
A borrowed horse and your own spurs make short miles.
Borrowing money to pay back more borrowed money that will oblige you in the future to borrow even more money doesn't sound kosher. Because it isn't.
JOHN PODHORETZ, New York Post, Jan. 15, 2013
Borrowing is the most expensive form of financing.
ANONYMOUS, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, winter 1985/winter 1986
Seek not to shine by borrow'd lights alone.
Who wants to borrow, should come tomorrow.
You should only attempt to borrow from those who have but few of this world's goods, as their chests are not of iron, and they are, besides, anxious to appear wealthier than they really are.
HEINRICH HEINE, Scintillations from the Prose Works of Heinrich Heine
Borrowers must not be choosers.
No remedy against this consumption of the purse; borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Henry IV
You build on cost and you borrow on value.
PAUL REICHMANN, attributed, The Harper Book of Quotations
Do not be made a beggar by banqueting upon borrowing, when thou hast nothing in thy purse; for thou shalt lie in wait for thine own life.
APOCRYPHA, Ben Sira 18:33
A borrowed garment never sets well.
Let us not bankrupt our todays by paying interest on the regrets of yesterday and by borrowing in advance the troubles of tomorrow.
RALPH W. SOCKMAN, attributed, True Genius: 1001 Quotes That Will Change Your Life