Debt

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.

A man falls in love just as he falls down stairs. It is an accident... But when he runs in love it is as when he runs in debt; it is done knowingly and intentionally... Both are common enough; and yet less so than what I call catching love.

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!

Talent is a very common family trait; genius belongs rather to the individuals – just as you find one giant or one dwarf in a family, but rarely a whole brood of either. Talent is often to be envied, and genius very commonly to be pitied. It stands twice the chance of the other of dying in a hospital, in jail, in debt, in bad repute. It is a perpetual insult to mediocrity; its every word is a trespass against somebody’s vested ideas.

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.

When death comes, the rich man has no money; the poor man no debt.

One can pay back the gift of gold, but one dies forever in debt to those who are kind.

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

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

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

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.

Is not beauty created at every encounter between a man and life, in which he repays his debt by focusing on the living moment all the power which life has given him as an obligation? Beauty - for the one who pays his debt. For others, too, perhaps.

Equity money is dynamic and debt money is static.

If you help others, you will be helped, perhaps tomorrow, perhaps in one hundred years, but you will be helped. Nature must pay off the debt... It is a mathematical law and all life is mathematics.

Everyone must pay his debt to nature.

Nature holds an immense uncollected debt over every man’s head.