Debt Quotes

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Debt Quotes

Debt Quotes

Quotes are like a wellspring of wisdom – the collected musings of great minds throughout the generations from various walks of life and points in history. By looking at the quotes that have survived the test of time we can see which views have most struck a chord on a range of topics.

Debt quotes are no different and are very enlightening on the subject of debt. There are a vast range of debt quotes that look at the subject from all angles – some are quotes from politicians explaining and debating their current national debt. Others look at the effects of debt on life, while yet others use debt poetically as a metaphor. There are many forms of debt as these debt quotes show us and not all of these are necessarily negative.

Collected below are a selection of very varied debt quotes that help us to look at debt in a different way, or to see the effect it has had on these famous characters throughout history. If nothing else, reading the following debt quotes should help you to rest assured that you are not alone in your debt.


A man in debt is so far a slave – Ralph Waldo Emerson


A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing – Alexander Hamilton


A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves – Ralph W.Sockman


A promise made is a debt unpaid – Robert Service


Any creator owes a debt to past creation – Lukas Foss


Education: A debt due from present to future generations – George Peabody


Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt – Herbert Hoover


Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt – Benjamin Franklin


Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.  – Henrik Ibsen


I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office. – Barack Obama


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


After adding trillions to the debt on big-government policies most Americans didn’t ask for and which we couldn’t afford, Democratic leaders say they need more money, which they intend to take from small business, even though small businesses create the majority of new jobs. – Mitch McConnell


All of the problems we’re facing with debt are man-made problems. We created them. It’s called fantasy economics. Fantasy economics only works in a fantasy world. It doesn’t work in reality. – Michele Bachmann

Posted by admin   @   20 September 2011 11 comments
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Sep 25, 2011
10:03 pm
#1 Vichy :

Wow these debt quotes are so real. They express reality.

I am a fan of the first of debt quotes. “A man in debt is so far a slave” no one can disagree with that. Waldo Emerson was a genius!

Sep 25, 2011
10:26 pm
#2 Maurice :

Imho, debt quotes are the only ones expressing reality. I am a big fan of them. I think I like most these two:
“A promise made is a debt unpaid – Robert Service
Any creator owes a debt to past creation – Lukas Foss”
I had a book with quotes of economists. Some of these debt quotes could be found there too.

Oct 2, 2011
11:11 am
#3 Tracie :

These debt quotes are indeed real. But they are a little bit harsh. Even so they express so good the reality. All these debt quotes are written to make us understand some things in life. Some of them are funny too.

Oct 2, 2011
10:04 pm
#4 JonniW :

From all these debt quotes I have a favorite: A promise made is a debt unpaid. This is true. If you make a promise, than that will become like a debt. It will remain unpaid as long as you don’t fulfill your promise. This is one of the best debt quotes from your list.

Oct 9, 2011
3:05 pm
#5 Addy :

It would be good if there was a book with this stuff. With debt quotes. Many people should follow economists’ advice.

Srsly, do you know any book with debt quotes? If yes, please let me know. 😀

Oct 9, 2011
3:34 pm
#6 mee :

Wise debt quotes we have here. My favorite is this one: I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office. Which means Obama is quite an intelligent man. Henrik Ibsen too is inspired.

Oct 16, 2011
10:35 pm
#7 Mihnea :

That’s so beautiful. Maybe most of those in debt reading these debt quotes now regret their decision to take a loan. Some of them are really impressive.

Anyway, I wasn’t expecting to see debt quotes. These loans are not quite a literature thing. :DD

Oct 16, 2011
10:52 pm
#8 Sara :

We should make a website. All of the greatest debt quotes should be put in one place. Also, if every banker displayed some debt quotes at the entrance, just a few people would get loans afterwards.

So… I find your debt quotes very interesting!!

Oct 30, 2011
11:12 pm
#9 lissandru :

Benjamin Franklin’s debt quote is a little harsh, don’t you think? But I sometimes tend to agree with this debt quote. Benjamin is right. I would rather stop do some things than to rise in debt. Don’t you agree?

Nov 6, 2011
1:59 pm
#10 Poll :

Let me tell you a funny debt quote: “If I owe you a pound, I have a problem; but if I owe you a million, the problem is yours.” This debt quote belongs to John Maynard Keynes. But don’t you agree with him? I found it one of the most funniest but realistic debt quotes.

Nov 6, 2011
4:27 pm
#11 R3 :

Oh..I just don’t like to talk about debts. They are something terrifying to me. But I agree with all your debt quotes. They are all absolutely realistic. And I like especially the first debt quote. I feel exactly like a slave when I’m in debts.

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