Photo: via Twitter

Finances The Best Quotes About Debt  

156 votes 90 voters 18.6k views

List Rules Must be a famous or well-known quote. Vote for the debt sayings that strongly resonate with you, and downvote any you didn't like.

A list of the best debt quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous debt quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic debt quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational debt quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about debt?" and "What are inspirational debt quotes?"

This list includes notable debt quotes by various authors, writers, playwrights, speakers, politicians, athletes, poets, and more. Vote on your favorites so that the greatest debt quotes rise to the top, as the order of the list changes dynamically based on votes. Don't let your favorite debt sayings get to the bottom of the list.
list ordered by

11 1
The government who robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. George Bernard Shaw

10 1
Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately, and it gives you a lift. The hangover comes the day after. Joyce Brothers

13 4
Better to go to bed hungry than to wake up in debt.

10 2
If one wants to get out and stay out of debt he should act his wage.

9 2
Small debts are like small gun shot; 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

7 1
Money is a poor man's credit card. Marshall McLuhan

6 1
Out of debt, out of danger.

5 1
Debt is the worst poverty. Thomas Fuller

5 1
Running into debt isn't so bad. It's running into creditors that hurts.

4 0
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

4 0
Words pay no debts. William Shakespeare

4 0
We at Chrysler borrow money the old fashion way. We pay it back. Lee Iacocca

4 0
A small debt makes a man your debtor, a large one your enemy.

3 0
Birds have bills too, and they keep on singing

3 0
Always live within your income, even if you have to borrow money to do so. Josh Billings

3 0
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

3 0
If someone takes your time, it is the only debt that can't be repaid.

3 1
The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression. Thomas Jefferson

3 1
The nation is prosperous on the whole, but how much prosperity is there in a hole? Will Rogers

2 0
You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest. Richard Brinsley Sheridan

2 0
He that dies pays all his debts. William Shakespeare

2 0
Forgetfulness. A gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience. Ambrose Bierce

2 0
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

2 1
You can take a chance with any man who pays his bills on time. Terence

1 0
Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them.

1 0
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

1 0
Interest works night and day in fair weather and in foul. It gnaws at a man's substance with invisible teeth. Henry Ward Beecher

3 3
Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt. Benjamin Franklin

1 1
Never run into debt, not if you can find anything else to run into. Josh Billings

0 0
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

0 0
Buying on the installment plan makes the months shorter and the years longer.

0 0
If it isn't the sheriff, it's the finance company; I've got more attachments on me than a vacuum cleaner. John Barrymore

0 0
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

0 0
Man was lost if he went to a usurer, for the interest ran faster than a tiger upon him. Pearl S. Buck

0 0
It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts -- you have no idea of the pain it gives one. George Gordon Noel Byron, 6th Baron Byron

0 0
There are but two ways of paying debt: Increase of industry in raising income, increase of thrift in laying out. Thomas Carlyle

1 2
God often pays debts without money.

1 4
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