- Access—your flexible friend.: Access credit card, 1981 onwards
- Dreading that climax of all human ills,
The inflammation of his weekly bills.
Don Juan (1819–24) canto 3, st. 35 1788–1824 English poet:
- They hired the money, didn't they?
on the subject of war debts incurred by England and others
Coolidge: Wit and Wisdom (1933) 1872–1933 American Republican statesman, 30th President 1923–9: John H. McKee
- Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds ought and six, result misery.
David Copperfield (1850) ch. 12 1812–70 English novelist:
- Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.
The Way to Wealth (1758) 1706–90 American politician, inventor, and scientist:
- Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt.
A Doll's House (1879) act 1 1828–1906 Norwegian dramatist:
- In the midst of life we are in debt.
Altogether New Cynic's Calendar (1907); see Book of Common Prayer 1878–1940 American writer and humorist:
- A small debt makes a man your debtor; a large one, an enemy.
c.4 bc–ad 65 Roman philosopher and poet: Epistulae Morales Letters to Lucilius no. 19
- 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.
1917–83 American country singer: ‘Sixteen Tons’ (1947 song)
- One must have some occupation nowadays. If I hadn't my debts I shouldn't have anything to think about.
A Woman of No Importance (1893) act 1 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet: