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.
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.
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.
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.
Education: a debt due from the present to the future generations.
There is nothing that we an properly call our own but our time, and yet everybody fools us out of it who has a mind to do it. If a man borrows a paltry sum of money, there must needs be bonds and securities, and every common civility is presently charged upon account. But he who has my time thinks he owes me nothing for it, though it be a debt that gratitude itself can never repay.
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But here was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that this was my life. This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way.
If we meet someone who owes us a debt of gratitude, we remember the fact at once. How often we can meet someone to whom we owe a debt of gratitude without thinking about it at all!
A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man, which debt he proposes to pay off with your money.
We have to make sure that a catastrophe of nature does not become a catastrophe of debt for our children and grandchildren.
One can pay back the gift of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.
Worrying is the interest paid on a debt you may not owe.
By paying our other debts, we are equal with all mankind; but in refusing to pay a debt of revenge, we are superior.
If the prodigal quits life in debt to others, the miser quiets is still deeper in debt to himself.