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The ghost of many a veteran bill
  Shall hover around his slumbers.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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

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

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, On Public Debts,
        in a letter to John W. Epps

Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience; you will find it a calamity.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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 (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Debt is the worst poverty.
      - Magnus Gottfried Lichtwer

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, 1st Earl of Lytton ("Owen Meredith")

Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure, but brought forth in pain.
      - Moliere (pseudonym of Jean Baptiste Poquelin)

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

The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid,
  Discharged, perchance with greater ease than made.
      - Francis Quarles, Emblems
         (bk. II, emblem 13)

Debts and lies are generally mixed together.
  [Fr., Debtes et mensonges sont ordinairement ensemble rallies.]
      - Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
         (bk. III, ch. V)

Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.
      - Henry Wheeler Shaw (used pseudonyms Josh Billings and Uncle Esek)

Many delight more in giving of presents than in paying their debts.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

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

A small debt makes a debtor; a heavy one makes an enemy.
      - Syrus (Publilius Syrus)

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

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

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

A man who pays his bills on time is soon forgotten.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Our national debt a national blessing.
      - Samuel Wilkerson,
        used as a broadside issued by Jay Cooke

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

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

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