Debt Proverbs

By|April 1, 2018

Sayings about Debt

Debt is beautiful only after it is repaid. ~ Russian Proverbs

A debt is still unpaid, even if forgotten. ~ Irish Proverbs

Rich is he who has no debts, fortunate he who lives without handicap. ~Mongolian Proverbs

A pound’s worth of tears will not settle a penny’s worth of debt. ~ Corsican Proverbs

A debt is always new. ~ Estonian Proverbs

Interest on debts grows without rain. ~ Yiddish Proverbs

One can pay back the loan of gold, but one lies forever in debt to those who are kind. ~ Malay Proverbs

Gold is a debt we can repay, but kindness not till our dying day. ~ Malawian Proverbs

Debts are like children, the smaller they are the louder they scream. ~ Spanish Proverbs

Loans and debts make worry and frets. ~ Traditional Proverb

The benefits you get become the debts you owe to others. ~ Arabian Proverbs

Promises make debts, and debts make promises. ~ Dutch Proverbs

There is a great uproar made about the debt of a poor man. ~ Indian Proverbs

God often pays debts without money. ~ Irish Proverb

The worst kind of poverty is to have many debts. ~ Indian Proverb

Going to bed without dinner is better than waking up in debt. ~ Jamaican Proverbs

Sorrow does not pay any debts. ~ German Proverbs

If you want to sleep well, buy the bed of a bankrupt. ~ Spanish Proverb

Debts make the thief. ~ Malagasy Proverbs

A hundred wagon loads of thoughts will not pay a single ounce of debt. ~ Italian Proverbs

When death comes, the rich man has no money and the poor man no debt. ~ Estonian Proverb

Out of debt, out of danger. ~ Traditional Proverb

My debtor is a worse payer even than I am. ~ Arabian Proverb

An old debt is better than an old grudge. ~ Jamaican Proverb

Debts are like children; the smaller they are the more noise they make. ~ Spanish Proverb

Old debts are never paid, and the new ones get old easily. ~ South American Proverb

Better be in debt than in shame. ~ Croatian Proverbs

Happy is the man without sickness. Rich is the man with no debts. ~ Chinese Proverbs

Talking of an old debt always starts another quarrel. ~ Catalonian Proverbs

Big ships often sail on big debts. ~ Chinese Proverb

Poverty without debt is real wealth. ~ African Proverb

Debts are like women, once you have them you can’t get rid of them. ~ Iranian Proverb

The rich man doesn’t pay, the debtor does. ~ Yiddish Proverb

A dead man pays no debts. ~ Serbian Proverbs

Debt severs love. ~ Afghan Proverbs

Three kinds of people die poor: those who divorce, those who incur debts, and those who move around too much. ~ Senegalese Proverb

Shame is forgotten, debts are not. ~ Chinese Proverb

Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them. ~ English Proverbs

He who marries a widow also marries her debts. ~ French Proverbs

An agreement is a kind of debt. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

Three things come into the house uninvited: debts, age, and death. ~ German Proverb

Good manners can be paid for with compliments, but only the sound of money will pay your debts. ~ Chinese Proverb

A small debt makes a man your debtor, a large one your enemy. ~ Irish Proverb

Quotations about Debt

Favorite saying about debt

We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves. ~ Sir John Buchan

Wars are made to make debt. ~ Ezra Pound

A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten. ~ Oscar Wilde

He that dies pays all his debts. ~ William Shakespeare

Lose not thy own for want of asking for it; it will get thee no thanks. ~ Thomas Fuller

Always live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so. ~ Josh Billings

Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it. ~ George D. Prentice

Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt. ~ Herbert Hoover

You load 16 tons, and what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store. ~ Merle Travis

Debt is the worst poverty. ~ Thomas Fuller

Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of. ~ Henry Wheeler Shaw

Birds have bills too, and they keep on singing. ~ Author Unknown

Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man’s substance with invisible teeth. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out. ~ Thomas Carlyle

The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Our national debt a national blessing. ~ Samuel Wilkerson

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? ~ Adam Smith

This time, instead of moving oceans and healing planets, let’s get our bills in order and pay down the debt so we control our own future. ~ Artur Davis

A promise made is a debt unpaid. ~ Robert W. Service

A man isn’t a man until he meets a payroll. ~ Ivan Shaffer

When you’ve paid your debt to society, you need to be reconnected and re-engaged in society. ~ Tom Vilsack

In the midst of life we are in debt. ~ Ethel Watts Mumford

Debt rolls a man over and over, binding him hand and foot, and letting him hang upon the fatal mesh until the long-legged interest devours him. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due. ~ Will Rogers

Debts and lies are generally mixed together. ~ Francois Rabelais

I would almost rather be in debt constantly than work with horrible people that I hate. ~ Martha Plimpton

Running into debt isn’t so bad. It’s running into creditors that hurts. ~ Author Unknown

A man who owes a little can clear it off in a very little time, and, if he is a prudent man, 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. ~ Philip Dormer Stanhope

If you don’t have some bad loans you are not in business. ~ Paul Volcker

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

Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due. ~ Will Rogers

The payment of debts is necessary for social order. The non-payment is quite equally necessary for social order. For centuries humanity has oscillated, serenely unaware, between these two contradictory necessities. ~ Simone Weil

In a world awash in debt, power shifts to creditors. ~ Fareed Zakaria

You build on cost and you borrow on value. ~ Paul Reichmann

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. ~ Sir Matthew Hale

Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt. ~ Henrik Ibsen

Debt is the secret foe of thrift, as vice and idleness are its open enemies. ~ James H. Aughey

Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries. ~ Kenneth Clarke

If I owe Smith ten dollars, and God forgives me, that doesn’t pay Smith. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Many delight more in giving of presents than in paying their debts. ~ Sir Philip Sidney

Bankruptcy is a sacred state, a condition beyond conditions, as theologians might say, and attempts to investigate it are necessarily obscene, like spiritualism. One knows only that he has passed into it and lives beyond us, in a condition not ours. ~ John Updike

Paying of debts is, next to the grace of God, the best means in the world to deliver you from a thousand temptations to sin and vanity. ~ Patrick Delany

The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole? ~ Will Rogers

It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts — you have no idea of the pain it gives one. ~ Lord Byron

A church debt is the devil’s salary. ~ Henry Ward Beecher

Never, be argued out of your soul, never be argued out of your honor, and never be argued into believing that soul and honor do not run a terrible risk if you limp into life with the load of a debt on your shoulders. ~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people. ~ Wendell Phillips

Money is a poor man’s credit card. ~ Marshall McLuhan

When I was born I owed twelve dollars. ~ George S. Kaufman

It would be easier to pay off the national debt overnight than to neutralize the long-range effects of our national stupidity. ~ Frank Zappa

If someone takes your time, it is the only debt that can’t be repaid. ~ Author Unknown

The man who never has money enough to pay his debts has too much of something else. ~ James Lendall Basford

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience? ~ Adam Smith

Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas. ~ Earl Wilson

Science does not know its debt to imagination. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Bankruptcy is a legal proceeding in which you put your money in your pants pocket and give your coat to your creditors. ~ Joey Adams

Debt is the slavery of the free. ~ Croft M. Pentz

We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience. ~ Ambrose Bierce

We at Chrysler borrow money the old fashioned way. We pay it back. ~ Lee Iacocca

Buying on the installment plan makes the months shorter and the years longer. ~ Author Unknown

A small debt makes a debtor; a heavy one makes an enemy. ~ Syrus

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

A man’s indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude. ~ Ruth Benedict

We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves. ~ Sir John Buchan

You can take a chance with any man who pays his bills on time. ~ Terence

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Pull in your belt, spend less, and reduce debt. ~ Ray Dalio

If you think nobody cares if you’re alive, try missing a couple of car payments. ~ Earl Wilson

Pay as you go is the philosopher’s stone. ~ G. Randolf

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

This time, instead of moving oceans and healing planets, let’s get our bills in order and pay down the debt so we control our own future. ~ Artur Davis

Credit is a system whereby a person who can not pay gets another person who can not pay to guarantee that he can pay. ~ Charles Dickens

Every dollar that is printed should not represent a debt to private bankers. It should represent an investment potential in the common good, in the common needs of our country. ~ Cynthia McKinney

Small debts are like small gun shots; they are rattling around us on all sides and one can scarcely escape being wounded. Large debts are like canons, they produce a loud noise, but are of little danger. ~ Samuel Johnson

But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay. ~ Euripides

Neither a borrower nor a lender be; for loan oft loses both itself and friend. ~ William Shakespeare

Industry pays debts, while despair increaseth them. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Wars are made to make debt. ~ Ezra Pound

The 1980s are to debt what the 1960s were to sex. The 1960s left a hangover. So will the 1980s. ~ James Grant

If it isn’t the sheriff, it’s the finance company; I’ve got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner. ~ John Barrymore

A man in debt is so far a slave. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never run into debt, not if you can find anything else to run into. ~ Josh Billings

Who goes a-borrowing goeth a-sorrowing. ~ Thomas Tusser

If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage. ~ Author Unknown

Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful; the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent. ~ William Gilmore Simms

At the time we were funding our national debt, we heard much about “a public debt being a public blessing”; that the stock representing it was a creation of active capital for the aliment of commerce, manufactures and agriculture. ~ Thomas Jefferson

A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it. ~ Victor Hugo

Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him. ~ Pearl S. Buck

A mortgage casts a shadow on the sunniest field. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll

Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Debt is to 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. ~ Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don’t get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don’t start a family before you’re ready to settle down. ~ James Taylor

You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt. ~ Daniel Hannan

You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest. ~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

I can get no remedy against this consumption of the purse: borrowing only lingers and lingers it out, but the disease is incurable. ~ William Shakespeare

To John I owed great obligation; but John, unhappily, thought fit to publish it to all the nation: Sure John and I are more than quit. ~ Matthew Prior

Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure, but brought forth in pain. ~ Moliere

It is said that the world is in a state of bankruptcy, that the world owes the world more than the world can pay. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Creditors have better memories than debtors; and creditors are a superstitious sect, great observers of set days and times. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Man hazards the condition and loses the virtues of freeman, in proportion as he accustoms his thoughts to view without anguish or shame his lapse into the bondage of debtor. ~ Lord Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

A public debt is a kind of anchor in the storm; but if the anchor be too heavy for the vessel, she will be sunk by that very weight which was intended for her preservation. ~ Charles Caleb Colton

I owe you one. ~ George Colman

The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival. ~ Norbert Wiener

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