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USURY

A money-lender. He serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future!
      - Joseph Addison

Many have made witty invectives against usury. They say that it is a pity the devil should have God's part, which is the tithe; that the usurer is the greatest Sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday.
      - Francis Bacon

Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug.
      - Francis Bacon

Usury is the land-shark and devil-fish of commerce.
      - James Lendall Basford

Go not to a covetous old man with any request too soon in the morning, before he hath taken in that day's prey; for his covetousness is up before him, and he before thee, and he is in ill-humor; but stay till the afternoon, till he be satiated upon some borrower.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

The synonyme of usury is ruin.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He was a man
  Versed in the world as pilot in his compass;
    The needle pointed ever to that interest
      Which was his loadstar; and he spread his sails
        With vantage to the gale of others' passions.
      - Ben Jonson

Poor rogues, and usurers' men! bawds between gold and want!
      - William Shakespeare

Extra interest signifies extra risk.
      - Duke of Wellington, Arthur Wellesley


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