There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.
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 (1802-1885) French poet, dramatist and novelist.
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
Buying on the installment plan makes the months shorter and the years longer.
If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage.
If someone takes your time, it is the only debt that can't be repaid.
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 (1932-?) American writer.
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 (1910-1943) French Philosopher
You can take a chance with any man who pays his bills on time.
Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic.