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Debt Quotes


These are some of the best 'Debt' quotations and sayings.

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"Out of debt, out of danger," is, like many other proverbs, full of wisdom; but the word danger does not sufficiently express all that the warning demands. - For a state of debt and embarrassment is a state of positive misery, and the sufferer is as one haunted by an evil spirit, and his heart can know neither rest nor peace till it is cast out.

A church debt is the devil's salary.

A man in debt is so far a slave.

A man who owes a little can clear it off in a little time, and, if he is prudent, he will: whereas a man, who, by long negligence, owes a great deal, despairs of ever being able to pay, and therefore never looks into his accounts at all.

A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.

A small debt produces a debtor; a large one, an enemy.

Debt is the secret foe of thrift, as vice and idleness are its open foes. - The debt-habit is the twin brother of poverty.

Debt is to a man what the serpent is to the bird; its eye fascinates, its breath poisons, its coil crushes sinew and bone, its jaw is the pitiless grave.

Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the confiscation of wealth. See quote detail

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.

For decades we have piled deficit upon deficit, mortgaging our future and our children's future for the temporary convenience of the present. To continue this long trend is to guarantee tremendous social, cultural, political, and economic upheavals... You and I, as individuals, can, by borrowing, live beyond our means, but for only a limited period of time. Why, then, should we think that collectively, as a nation, we're not bound by that same limitation? See quote detail

He that dies pays all debts.

I have discovered the philosopher's stone, that turns everything into gold: it is, "Pay as you go."

Owe no man anything.

Paying of debts is, next to the grace of God, the best means of delivering you from a thousand temptations to vanity and sin. - Pay your debts, and you will not have wherewithal to buy costly toys or pernicious pleasures. - Pay your debts, and you will not have what to lose to a gamester. - Pay your debts, and you will of necessity abstain from many indulgences that war against the spirit and bring you into captivity to sin, and cannot fail to end in your utter destruction, both of soul and body.

Poverty is hard, but debt is horrible.-A man might as well have a smoky house and a scolding wife, which are said to be the two worst evils of our life.

Run not into debt, either for wares sold, or money borrowed; be content to want things that are not of absolute necessity, rather than to run up the score: such a man pays, at the latter end, a third part more than the principal, and is in perpetual servitude to his creditors; lives uncomfortably; is necessitated to increase his debts to stop his creditors' mouths; and many times falls into desperate courses.

The first step in debt is like the first step in falsehood, involving the necessity of going on in the same course, debt following debt, as lie follows lie.

Think what you do when you run in debt; you give to another power over your liberty. If you cannot pay at the time, you will be ashamed to see your creditor; will be in fear when you speak to him; will make poor, pitiful, sneaking excuses, and by degrees come to lose your veracity, and sink into base, downright lying; for the second vice is lying, the first is running in debt. A freeborn man ought not to be ashamed nor afraid to see or speak to any man living, but poverty often deprives a man of all spirit and virtue. It is hard for an empty bag to stand upright.

Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill? Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill!


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