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date: 27 May 2024


  1. Access—your flexible friend.
    Advertising slogan: Access credit card, 1981 onwards
  2. Dreading that climax of all human ills,
    The inflammation of his weekly bills.
    Lord Byron 1788–1824 English poet: Don Juan (1819–24) canto 3, st. 35
  3. They hired the money, didn't they?
    on the subject of war debts incurred by England and others
    Calvin Coolidge 1872–1933 American Republican statesman, 30th President 1923–9: John H. McKee Coolidge: Wit and Wisdom (1933)
  4. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
    Mr Micawber
    Charles Dickens 1812–70 English novelist: David Copperfield (1850) ch. 12
  5. Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
    Benjamin Franklin 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist: The Way to Wealth (1758)
  6. Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
    Henrik Ibsen 1828–1906 Norwegian dramatist: A Doll's House (1879) act 1
  7. In the midst of life we are in debt.
    Ethel Watts Mumford et al. 1878–1940 American writer and humorist: Altogether New Cynic's Calendar (1907); see Book of Common Prayer
  8. A small debt makes a man your debtor; a large one, an enemy.
    Seneca (‘the Younger’) c.4 bcad 65 Roman philosopher and poet: Epistulae Morales Letters to Lucilius no. 19
  9. Sixteen tons, what do you get?
    Another day older and deeper in debt.
    Say brother, don't you call me 'cause I can't go
    I owe my soul to the company store.
    Merle Travis 1917–83 American country singer: ‘Sixteen Tons’ (1947 song)
  10. One must have some occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about.
    Oscar Wilde 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: A Woman of No Importance (1893) act 1