We can pay our debt to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.

What a noble gift to man are the forests! What a debt of gratitude and admiration we owe to their beauty and their utility! How pleasantly the shadows of the wood fall upon our heads when we turn from the glitter and turmoil of the world of man!

To the generous mind the heaviest debt is that of gratitude, when it is not in our power to repay it.

Debt is bitter slavery to an honorable man.

He that receives a gift with gratitude repays the first installment of his debt.

Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.

The men who start out with the notion that the world owes them a living generally find that the world pays its debt in the penitentiary or the poorhouse.

Debt is the secret foe of thrift, as vice and idleness are its open enemies.

Beware of suretyship for thy best friend. He that payeth another man’s debt seeketh his own decay. But if thou canst not otherwise choose, rather lend the money thyself upon good bonds, although thou borrow it; so shalt thou secure thyself, and pleasure thy friend.

Debt haunts the mind; a conversation about justice troubles it; the sight of a creditor fills it with confusion; even the sanctuary is not a place of refuge. The borrower is servant to the lender. Independence, so essential to the virtues and pleasures of a man, can only be maintained by setting bounds to our desires and owing no man anything.

To equal justice appertaineth also the equal imposition of taxes; the equality whereof dependeth not on the equality of riches, but on the equality of the debt that every man oweth to the commonwealth for his defense.

Armaments, universal debt and planned obsolescence - those are the three pillars of Western prosperity.

The nations which have put mankind most in their debt have been small states - Israel, Athens, Florence, Elizabethan England.

This world is so full of care and sorrow that it is a gracious debt we owe to one another to discover the bright crystals of delight hidden in somber circumstances and irksome tasks.

Many of the ugly pages of American history have been obscured and forgotten... America owes a debt of justice which it has only begun to pay. If it loses the will to finish or slackens in its determination, history will recall its crimes and the country that would be great will lack the most indispensable element of greatness - justice.

What is an oath? A plaster for a debt.

O ye princes and rulers, how exceeding strong is wine! It causeth all men to err that drink it; it maketh the mind of the king and the beggar to be all one, of the bondsman and the freeman, of the poor man and of the rich; it turneth also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembereth neither sorrow nor debt; it changeth and elevateth the spirits and enliventh the heavy hearts of the miserable; it maketh a man forget his brethren, and draw his sword against his best friends.

When after many battles past, both tir'd with blows, make peace at last, what is it, after all, the people get? Why! taxes, widows, wooden legs and debt.

Education: a debt due from the present to the future generations.

A small loan makes a debt; a great one an enemy.