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 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.
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.