Debt Quotes

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Debt Quotes

Debt is an ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.Â

Ambrose Bierce

Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.

Ambrose Bierce

Debt, we’ve learned, is the match that lights the fire of every crisis. Every crisis has its own set of villains – pick your favorite: bankers, regulators, central bankers, politicians, overzealous consumers, credit rating agencies – but all require one similar ingredient to create a true crisis: too much leverage.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Debt trap can sometimes become a Death trap.

Ankala V Subbarao

A habit of debt is very injurious to the memory.

Austin O'Malley

Debt is a prolific mother of folly and of crime.

Benjamin Disraeli

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

Carl Jung

Only debt is forever.

Charles Stross

Debt is dumb. Cash is king.

Dave Ramsey

Debt is normal. Be weird.

Dave Ramsey

You can’t be in debt and win. It doesn’t work.

Dave Ramsey

Debt is great source of inner unhappiness.

Debasish Mridha

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

Earl Wilson

Debts and lies are generally mixed together.

Francois Rabelais

Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

Herbert Hoover

An emotional debt is hard to square.

Iceberg Slim

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

James H. Aughey

Debt certainly isn’t always a bad thing. A mortgage can help you afford a home. Student loans can be a necessity in getting a good job. Both are investments worth making, and both come with fairly low interest rates.

Jean Chatzky

One of the greatest disservices you can do a man is to lend him money that he can’t pay back.

Jesse H. Jones

We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.

John Buchan

No man’s credit is as good as his money.

John Dewey

If I owe you a pound, I have a problem; but if I owe you a million, the problem is yours.

John Maynard Keynes

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

Josh Billings

Debt is a four letter word and means a four word sentence – Be Prepared for Trouble.

Lucas Remmerswaal

Debt . . . . that peculiar nexus where money, narrative or story, and religious belief intersect, often with explosive force.

Margaret Atwood

Debt is part of the human condition. Civilization is based on exchanges – on gifts, trades, loans – and the revenges and insults that come when they are not paid back.

Margaret Atwood

Debt can turn a free, happy person into a bitter human being.

Michael Mihalik

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


The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.

Nancy Friday

Debt is a mistake between lender and borrower, and both should suffer.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A Debt Problem Is, At Its Core, a Budgeting Problem.

Natalie Pace

Debt is a social and ideological construct, not a simple economic fact.

Noam Chomsky

Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them.

Ogden Nash

Debt on anything that depreciates is disastrous. #financialfitness

Orrin Woodward

Debt is one person’s liability, but another person’s asset.

Paul Krugman

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

Publilius Syrus

Debt is the slavery of the free.

Publilius Syrus

Debt basically enables people to live a lie.

Rachel Cruze

A man in debt is so far a slave.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A mortgage casts a shadow on the sunniest field.

Robert G. Ingersoll

A promise made is a debt unpaid.

Robert W. Service

Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound; great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.

Samuel Johnson

Debts are like children: the smaller they are the more noise they make.

Spanish Proverb

There are some debts that can’t be paid with money.

Steven J. Carroll

Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it’s much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration.

Susan George

He who promises runs in debt.

The Talmud

Debt is the worst poverty.

Thomas Fuller

Never spend your money before you have it.

Thomas Jefferson

Simply put, unsustainable debt is helping to keep too many poor countries and poor people in poverty.

William J. Clinton

He that dies pays all debts.

William Shakespeare

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