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[ Also see Beggary Credit Debt Gifts Lending Obligation Plagiarism Quotations ]

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 7)

Debt is a bottomless sea.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Borrowing from Peter to pay Paul.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Few have borrowed more freely than Gray and Milton; but with a princely prodigality, they have repaid the obscure thoughts of others, with far brighter of their own--like the ocean which drinks up the muddy water of the rivers from the flood, but replenishes them with the clearest from the shower.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners.
      - Isaac D'Israeli,
        Curiosities of Literature--The Bibliomania

The borrower runs in his own debt.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

The principle of spending money to be paid by posterity, under the name of funding, is but swindling futurity on a large scale.
      - Thomas Jefferson

To forget, or pretend to do so, to return a borrowed article, is the meanest sort of petty theft.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 75)

You give me back, Phoebus, my bond for four hundred thousand sesterces; lend me rather a hundred thousand more. Seek some one else to whom you may vaunt your empty present: what I cannot pay you, Phoebus, is my own.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. IX, ep. 102)

I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. XII, ep. 79)

The reason why borrowed books are so seldom returned to their owners is that it is much easier to retain the books than what is in them.
      - Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

If you lend a person any money, it becomes lost for any purpose as one's own. When you ask for it back again, you may find a friend made an enemy by your kindness. If you begin to press still further, either you must part with that which you have intrusted, or else you must lose that friend.
      - Plautus (Titus Maccius Plautus)

Believe me that it is a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. III, ch. IV)

No remedy against this consumption of the purse; borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable.
      - William Shakespeare

Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
  For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulleth edge of husbandry.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)

Charles Lamb, tired of lending his books threatened to chain Wordsworth's poems to his shelves, adding: "For of those who borrow, some read slow; some mean to read, but don't read; and some neither read nor mean to read, but borrow to leave you an opinion of their sagacity. I must do my money-borrowing friends the justice to say that there is nothing of this caprice or wantonness of alienation in them. When they borrow my money, they never fail to make use of it.
      - Sir Thomas Noon Talfourd (Talford)

What question can be here? Your own true heart
  Must needs advise you of the only part:
    That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
      And should be yielded with no discontent,
        Nor surely can we find herein a wrong,
          That it was left us to enjoy it long.
      - Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench,
        The Lent Jewels

Who goeth a borrowing
  Goeth a sorrowing.
    Few lend (but fools)
      Their working tools.
      - Thomas Tusser,
        Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry--September's Abstract,
        first lines also in June's Abstract

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