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- Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
- Borrowing has a bad name, but you would be surprised how it helps in a pinch.
- I borrow to pay my honest debts and not to squander foolishly. What's more, I confine my borrowing to those who can well afford it. I don't go around sponging on widows and orphans unless they have plenty.
- He that would have a short Lent, let him borrow money to be repaid at Easter.
- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack (1783).
Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations
- Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
- 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.
- 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, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book I, Epistle 75.
- You give me back. Phœbus, 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, Phœbus, is my own.
- Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book IX, Epistle 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, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book XII, Epistle 79.
- The borrower is servant to the lender.
- Proverbs, XXII. 7.
- Croyez que chose divine est prester; debvoir est vertu heroïcque.
- Believe me that it is a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
- François Rabelais, Pantagruel (1532), Book III, Chapter IV.
- Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
- 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.
- 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.