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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.  —ღ Terri, March 2021

A man in debt is a man in chains. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), c.1882

He looks the whole world in the face for he owes not any man.  ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The man who never has money enough to pay his debts, has too much of something else. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

Who goeth a borrowing
Goeth a sorrowing.
~Thomas Tusser

Borrowing is the mother of trouble. ~Hebrew proverb

The greatest enemy of financial well-being is not poverty but debt. ~Kent Nerburn, "Money and Wealth," Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love, 1994–1999

The only man who sticks closer to you in adversity than a friend is a creditor.  ~Author Unknown

Before borrowing money from a friend, decide which you need most.  ~American Proverb

Wouldst thou shut up the avenues of ill,
Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The dollar that is borrowed is never so large as the one that has to be returned. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

In God we trust; all others must pay cash.  ~American Saying

Creditors have better memories than debtors. ~Benjamin Franklin

Home is where the mortgage is. ~Charles Wayland Towne, The Foolish Dictionary, Executed by Gideon Wurdz, Master of Pholly, Doctor of Loquacious Lunacy, etc., 1904

When Debt stands at the door Opportunity does not get a chance to knock. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Promises make debts, and debts make promises. ~Dutch Proverb  [Quoted in P.J. Harrebomée, Spreekwoordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal, c.1853, and in English: Henry G. Bohn, A Polyglot of Foreign Proverbs comprising French, Italian, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, and Danish, with English Translations, 1857. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

A man must cut down his outgoings and save his incomings if he wants to clear himself; you can't spend your penny and pay debts with it too. Stint the kitchen if the purse is bare. Don't believe in any way of wiping out debts except by paying hard cash. Promises make debts, and debts make promises, but promises never pay debts... ~Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892), "Debt," John Ploughman's Talk; or, Plain Advice for Plain People

The hardest thing I ever did undertake to do was to keep clear of DEBT, DIRT and the DEVIL all at the same time. ~Josh Billings, revised by H. Montague

Let us look into the matter of debt
Which is something that the longer you live, why the deeper into it you get,
Because in the first place every creditor is their debtor's keeper,
And won't let you get into debt in the first place unless you are capable of getting in deeper...
~Ogden Nash (1902–1971), "First Payment Deferred"

Falling into the habit of buying on the installment plan or on the "no money down" plan is a terrible mistake — the day of reckoning is sure to come. Avoid these peddlers as you would a wild beast. Pay as you go, and be debtor to no one. You do not know, boys and girls, what a terrible thing debt is. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "No Money Down," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

A postponed task more toil begets and borrowed money pays no debts. ~"Poor Richard Junior's Philosophy," The Saturday Evening Post, 1903, George Horace Lorimer, editor

Never spend your money before you have it. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1825

Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver. ~Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, 1911

Debt is the worst poverty.  ~Thomas Fuller, Gnomologia, 1732

Buy what thou hast no Need of and ere long thou shalt sell thy Necessaries.  ~Benjamin Franklin

There are plenty of ways to get ahead.  The first is so basic I'm almost embarrassed to say it:  spend less than you earn.  ~Paul Clitheroe

No man's credit is as good as his money.  ~E.W. Howe, Sinner Sermons

Who recalls when folks got along without something if it cost too much?  ~Kin Hubbard

Today, there are three kinds of people:  the have's, the have-not's, and the have-not-paid-for-what-they-have's.  ~Earl Wilson

Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money.  ~Author Unknown

When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.  ~Bill Balance

Credit buying is much like being drunk.  The buzz happens immediately and gives you a lift.... The hangover comes the day after.  ~Joyce Brothers

Bankruptcy stared me in the face, but one thought kept me calm; soon I'd be too poor to need an anti-theft alarm.  ~Gina Rothfels

Oh, for the good old days when people would stop Christmas shopping when they ran out of money.  ~Author Unknown

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