quotations about lending
Don't lend money to friends -- it causes amnesia.
Lending money to a friend often results in a two-fold loss; both money and friend are gone forever.
W. H. MILBURN, attributed, Day's Collacon
Who ventures to lend loses money and friend.
All loans, in the eyes of honest borrowers, must eventually be repaid. All credit is debt. Proposals for an increased volume of credit, therefore, are merely another name for proposals for an increased burden of debt. They would seem considerably less inviting if they were habitually referred to by the second name instead of by the first.
HENRY HAZLITT, Economics in One Lesson
The holy passion of friendship is so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring in nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
MARK TWAIN, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
Who lends recovers not; of if he recovers, not much; or if much, a mortal enemy.
BENITO FEYJOO, attributed, Day's Collacon
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, Hamlet
To borrow scarce is better than to beg;
As lending, lending upon interest,
Scarce better is than stealing.
GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING, Nathan the Wise
If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not treat it like a business deal; charge no interest.
BIBLE, Exodus 22:25
He that lendeth to another in time of prosperity, shall never want help himself in the time of adversity.
PLATO, attributed, Day's Collacon
The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.
BIBLE, Proverbs 22:7
Lend to your friend, and ask payment of your enemy.
GRÜN, attributed, Day's Collacon
If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
As to thy friends; for when did friendship take
A breed of barren metal of his friend?
But lend it rather to thine enemy;
Who, if he break, thou mayest with better face
Exact the penalty.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Merchant of Venice
A banker is a man who will lend you the short sleeve shirt off his back and demand a long sleeve one in return.
JAROD KINTZ, It Occurred to Me
The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend.
CHARLES LAMB, "The Two Races of Men", Essays of Elia
A money-lender--he serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the conjunctive; and ruins you in the future.
JOSEPH ADDISON, attributed, Many Thoughts of Many Minds
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
Lend not beyond thy ability, nor refuse to lend out of thy ability; especially when it will help others more than it can hurt thee. If thy debtor be honest and capable, thou hast thy money again, if not with increase, with praise. If he prove insolvent, do not ruin him to get that which it will not ruin thee to lose; for thou art but a steward, and another is they Owner, Master, and Judge.
WILLIAM PENN, Fruits of Solitude
Since there must be borrowing and lending, and men are so hard of heart as they will not lend freely, usury must be permitted.
FRANCIS BACON, Essays, Moral, Economical, and Political
Better give a shilling than lend and lose half a crown.