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date: 25 May 2024


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  1. Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are those that other people have lent me.
    Anatole France 1844–1924 French novelist and man of letters: La Vie littéraire (1888)
  2. The human species, according to the best theory I can form of it, is composed of two distinct races, the men who borrow, and the men who lend.
    Charles Lamb 1775–1834 English writer: Essays of Elia (1823) ‘The Two Races of Men’
  3. Neither a borrower, nor a lender be;
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
    William Shakespeare 1564–1616 English dramatist: Hamlet (1601) act 1, sc. 3, l. 75 (Oxford Standard Authors ed.)
  4. Three things I never lends—my 'oss, my wife, and my name.
    R. S. Surtees 1805–64 English sporting journalist and novelist: Hillingdon Hall (1845)