Quotes and Sayings about Debt



"What our Republican friends are doing, if we look at what they do and not what they say, they have decided that the most important thing in this country is to increase payments for interest on the national debt."
- Tom Allen
(Related: Country, Debt, Friends, Interest, Republican)

"We all think we're going to get out of debt."
- Louie Anderson
(Related: Debt)

"King of England, and you, duke of Bedford, who call yourself regent of the kingdom of France... settle your debt to the king of Heaven; return to the Maiden, who is envoy of the king of Heaven, the keys to all the good towns you took and violated in France."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: Debt, EnglFrance, Heaven)

"But obviously, we're looking for all good ideas to help deal with our long-term debt problem. This is something that is going to affect our economy. It affects our kids. And we need to deal with it."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Ideas, Debt, Economy, Help, Kids)

"All of the problems we're facing with debt are manmade problems. We created them. It's called fantasy economics. Fantasy economics only works in a fantasy world. It doesn't work in reality."
- Michele Bachmann
(Related: Work, Debt, Economics, Fantasy, Problems, Reality, World)

"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have. But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt, unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country."
- Michele Bachmann
(Related: Government, History, Money, Country, Debt, Washington)

"I like my players to be married and in debt. That's the way you motivate them."
- Ernie Banks
(Related: Debt)

"There is not a single Muslim leader today who has the courage and commitment to defend Islam and Muslims, they are all in awe of the United States and other Western powers, and are indebted to them."
- Abu Bakar Bashir
(Related: Leader, Courage, Islam, Muslim, Commitment, states, Today, United)

"A church debt is the devil's salary."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Church, Debt, Devil)

"A man's indebtedness is not virtue; his repayment is. Virtue begins when he dedicates himself actively to the job of gratitude."
- Ruth Benedict
(Related: Gratitude, Virtue, Job, Man)

"We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet. In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven't invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven't even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us."
- Michael Bennett
(Related: Balance, Debt, Grandparents, Nothing, Waste)

"Debt, n. An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Debt)

"Forgetfulness - a gift of God bestowed upon debtors in compensation for their destitution of conscience."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: God, Conscience, Forgetfulness)

"We paid off our debts, we learned some, made friends and returned in 1950 with a larger view of life. I had, however, no home, no income of any kind and no prospects whatsoever."
- James W. Black
(Related: Home, Life, Friends, Income)

"Instead of explaining the sober facts of mechanics and electricity, I want to say a few words about the debt which we owe to youth; and with your permission I shall consider you as representing here not only the academic youth of Sweden nor even of Europe but also of America."
- Felix Bloch
(Related: America, Debt, Electricity, Europe, Facts, Want, Words, Youth)

"I think we are not serious about attacking the long-term debt problem, and that's one of the things that he's going to have to find a way to get on the agenda."
- Michael Bloomberg
(Related: Debt)

"Well, as a former small businessperson - I understand what's going on, I think in the business community. And businesspeople around the country are looking at all the spending and all the debt. They're looking at all the policies coming out of this Congress and this administration the last two years, and they - it's created all this uncertainty."
- John Boehner
(Related: Business, Community, Congress, Country, Debt, Uncertainty, Years)

"I talked to a lot of employers who just are, are fearful of what's coming next out of Washington. It's all the spending, it's all the debt. It's their national energy tax, they want to call it cap and trade - more mandates, higher costs, more taxes. Their healthcare bill - more mandates, higher costs, higher taxes."
- John Boehner
(Related: Debt, Energy, Tax, Healthcare, Taxes, Trade, Want, Washington)

"We players understand we have the best lives in the world. We owe a debt of gratitude to all our fans, everyone who supports us."
- Bruce Bowen
(Related: Gratitude, Debt, Fans, World)

"America's fighting men and women sacrifice much to ensure that our great nation stays free. We owe a debt of gratitude to the soldiers that have paid the ultimate price for this cause, as well as for those who are blessed enough to return from the battlefield unscathed."
- Allen Boyd
(Related: Men, Women, Sacrifice, Gratitude, America, Cause, Debt, Fighting, Nation, Soldiers)

"The majority of them give the impression of being men who have been drafted into the job during a period of martial law and are only waiting for the end of the emergency to get back to a really congenial occupation such as slum demolition or debt collecting."
- Alan Brien
(Related: Men, Impression, Being, Debt, End, Job, Law, Majority, Occupation, Waiting)

"She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted."
- David Brin
(Related: Debt, Parents, Will, World)

"'Twas drink made me fall in love, And love made me run into debt, And though I have struggled and struggled and strove, I cannot get out of them yet."
- Alexander Brome
(Related: Love, Debt)

"I have been in love, and in debt, and in drink, this many and many a year."
- Alexander Brome
(Related: Love, Debt)

"The surest way to return to the people's business is to listen to the people themselves: We need to drop this whole scheme of federally controlled health care, start over, and work together on real reforms at the state level that will contain costs and won't leave America trillions of dollars deeper in debt."
- Scott Brown
(Related: Business, Health, Work, People, America, Care, Debt, State, Will)

"Thousands of Ohio families are going deeper and deeper in debt just trying to pay their heating bills, fill prescriptions, and buy groceries. The current minimum wage is simply not enough."
- Sherrod Brown
(Related: Debt, Trying, Wage)

"Today, as we look back on the history of our nation and take note of how far we have come as a people, we are reminded that we owe a great debt to those who fought valiantly for the freedoms that we easily take for granted."
- Sam Brownback
(Related: History, People, Debt, Nation, Today)

"We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves."
- John Buchan
(Related: Debt, Future, Past)

"I think that, you know, this is a different year than most years. We've got to tell the American people that we have to live with less. We have a $13.5 trillion debt. And the only way to do that is an honest campaign with honest people."
- Ken Buck
(Related: People, American, Debt, Years)

"Pain and sorrow and misery have a right to our assistance: compassion puts us in mind of the debt, and that we owe it to ourselves as well as to the distressed."
- Joseph Butler
(Related: Compassion, Debt, Mind, Misery, Pain, Right, Sorrow)

"The young patriots now returning from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and other deployments worldwide are joining the ranks of veterans to whom America owes an immense debt of gratitude."
- Steve Buyer
(Related: War, Gratitude, Afghanistan, America, Debt, Iraq, Now, Veterans)

"It is very iniquitous to make me pay my debts, you have no idea of the pain it gives one."
- George Byron
(Related: Idea, Pain)

"There is nothing that puts a man more in your debt than that he owes you nothing."
- Mark Caine
(Related: Debt, Man, Nothing)

"I mean, I'm a conservative. I believe that, you know, if you borrow too much, you just build up debts for your children to pay off. You put pressure on interest rates. You put at risk your economy. That's the case in Britain. We're not a reserve currency, so we need to get on and deal with this issue."
- David Cameron
(Related: Children, Conservative, Economy, Interest, Pressure, Risk)

"I am as confounded by dogs as I am indebted to them."
- Roger Caras
(Related: Dogs)

"Repaying the debt of these ultimate sacrifices seems nearly impossible but we must try."
- Michael N. Castle
(Related: Debt)

"When debts are not paid because they cannot be paid, the best thing to do is not talk about them, and shuffle the cards again."
- Camilo Jose Cela
(Related: Cards, Talk)

"It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Debt, Man, Nobility)

"I never heard of an old man forgetting where he had buried his money! Old people remember what interests them: the dates fixed for their lawsuits, and the names of their debtors and creditors."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: People, Man, Names, Old)

"Energetic action on debt would make a radical difference to the prospects of many of the poorest countries in the world, at no practical cost to creditor countries."
- Kenneth Clarke
(Related: Action, Countries, Debt, Difference, Radical, World)

"The American taxpayer should not be treated more shabbily than debtors from other nations and we should be encouraging other nations to help rebuild Iraq's economy."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Encouraging, American, Economy, Help, Iraq, Nations)

"I am just glad that I can take the music to the people who want to hear it. I love my audiences. I am deeply indebted to them for giving me the chance to sing my concerts, make records, and do what I love. Whatever people call it, it is great to have a voice!"
- Judy Collins
(Related: Love, Music, People, Audiences, Chance, Giving, Want)

"We can never fully repay the debt of our proud nation to those who have laid down their lives for our country. The best we can do is honor their memory, ensure that their sacrifice is not in vain, and help provide for their families."
- Susan Collins
(Related: Sacrifice, Country, Debt, Help, Honor, Memory, Nation)

"It took the first 204 years of our Nation's history to accumulate $1 trillion in debt. And now we are doing that every 2 or 3 years."
- Jim Cooper
(Related: History, Debt, First, Nation, Now, Years)

"I was in love with a beautiful blonde once. She drove me to drink. That's the one thing I'm indebted to her for."
- Otis Criblecoblis
(Related: Love)

"Well, the problem of the federal government is that they print money and go in debt. That's their national policy, Democrats and Republicans it doesn't matter. And this is where I differ."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Government, Money, Policy, Debt, Democrats, Republicans)

"We are tasked to rebuild not just a damaged economy, and a debt-ridden balance sheet, but to do so by drawing forth the best that is in our fellow citizens. If we would summon the best from Americans, we must assume the best about them. If we don't believe in Americans, who will?"
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Americans, Balance, Debt, Economy, Will)

"I refer, of course, to the debts our nation has amassed for itself over decades of indulgence. It is the new Red Menace, this time consisting of ink. We can debate its origins endlessly and search for villains on ideological grounds, but the reality is pure arithmetic."
- Mitch Daniels
(Related: Time, Arithmetic, Debate, Nation, Reality)

"Ten million dollars after I'd become a star I was deeply in debt."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Debt)

"So about twenty years ago I gave up on painting - and got into terrible debt after buying a load of camera gear!"
- Nigel Dennis
(Related: Buying, Debt, Painting, Years)

"These subsidies from four European governments, which include aircraft launch assistance, capital injections, debt forgiveness, have enabled Airbus to develop and range market airliners well below cost."
- Norm Dicks
(Related: Forgiveness, Debt)

"Americans spend much of their adult lives paying taxes in various forms. We should end this practice of paying a tax that is triggered only by debt."
- Jennifer Dunn
(Related: Americans, Debt, End, Tax, Practice, Taxes)

"Science does not know its debt to imagination."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Imagination, Science, Debt)

"A man in debt is so far a slave."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Debt, Man)

"All Americans owe a debt of gratitude to Dr. King for his bravery and commitment to civil rights and nonviolence that changed this nation - and world - for the better."
- Eliot Engel
(Related: Gratitude, Americans, Bravery, Civil rights, Commitment, Debt, Nation, Nonviolence, World)

"But learn that to die is a debt we must all pay."
- Euripides
(Related: Debt)

"Now we are raising the debt limit 3 times, up to $8 trillion, so that our children and our grandchildren will have to pay for the cost of our expenditures."
- Chaka Fattah
(Related: Children, Debt, Now, Will)

"The death of Pope John Paul II led many of different faiths and of no faith to acknowledge their debt to the Roman Catholic Church for holding on to absolutes that the rest of us can measure ourselves against."
- Suzanne Fields
(Related: Death, Faith, Church, Debt, Measure, Rest)

"When our most important issue is the debt that we're piling on our children and grandchildren, I think it's pretty helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate who has actually managed billions of dollars and knows how to cut billions of dollars."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Children, Debt, Pretty, Senate)

"I think we ought to ban earmarks. I think we ought to give citizens the opportunity to designate up to 10 percent of their federal income tax toward debt reduction. If we did that, we would reduce our debt by $95 billion a year."
- Carly Fiorina
(Related: Opportunity, Debt, Tax, Income)

"You've got to either say you're going to cut taxes and find some spending cuts. I think we ought to reform long-term entitlement spending in the country, but you can't out of one side of your mouth say, 'Yes, we're for tax cuts, we're for spending discipline, and we're for bringing down the debt.'"
- Harold Ford
(Related: Discipline, Country, Debt, Tax, Reform, Tax cuts, Taxes)

"Any creator owes a debt to past creation."
- Lukas Foss
(Related: Creation, Debt, Past)

"Creditors have better memories than debtors."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Memories)

"Rather go to bed with out dinner than to rise in debt."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Bed, Debt)

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children."
- Nancy Friday
(Related: Mother, Father, Gratitude, Children, Debt, Parents)

"You are indebted to you imagination for three-fourths of your importance."
- David Garrick
(Related: Imagination, Importance)

"Like almost everyone who uses e-mail, I receive a ton of spam every day. Much of it offers to help me get out of debt or get rich quick. It would be funny if it weren't so exciting."
- Bill Gates
(Related: Funny, Day, Debt, Help, Quick)

"The World Bank is now the biggest culprit in the debt crisis."
- Susan George
(Related: Crisis, Debt, Now, World)

"Debt is such a powerful tool, it is such a useful tool, it's much better than colonialism ever was because you can keep control without having an army, without having a whole administration."
- Susan George
(Related: Control, Army, Debt)

"Without true medical liability reform, our doctors will continue to leave, and young doctors coming out of medical school $100,000 to $200,000 in debt will not be able to afford such onerous costs."
- Jim Gerlach
(Related: Medical, Debt, Doctors, Reform, School, Will)

"To date, every American citizen has nearly $27,000 in public debt riding on our backs."
- Paul Gillmor
(Related: American, Debt, Public)

"Is there any reason why the American people should be taxed to guarantee the debts of banks, any more than they should be taxed to guarantee the debts of other institutions, including merchants, the industries, and the mills of the country?"
- Carter Glass
(Related: People, American, Banks, Country, Reason)

"Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future."
- Ulysses S. Grant
(Related: Civilization, Progress, Bible, Future, Influence)

"Someone has to pick up the tab when people get out of repaying their own debts."
- Chuck Grassley
(Related: People)

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."
- Alexander the Great
(Related: Father, Living)

"God hath made it a debt which one saint owes to another to carry their names to a throne of grace."
- William Gurnall
(Related: God, Debt, Grace, Names)

"At 20, 25, 30, we begin to realise that the possibilities of escape are getting fewer. We have jobs, children, partners, debts. This is the part of us to which literary fiction speaks."
- Mark Haddon
(Related: Children, Fiction, Jobs, Literary, Possibilities)

"Men who borrow their opinions can never repay their debts."
- Edward F. Halifax
(Related: Men, Opinions)

"A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing."
- Alexander Hamilton
(Related: Debt, Will)

"Were I more conversant with literature and its great names, I could go on quoting them ad infinitum and acknowledge my debt for the merit you have been generous enough to find in my work."
- Knut Hamsun
(Related: Work, Debt, Literature, Merit, Names)

"The truth, Prime Minister, is that you have run out of our money. The country as a whole is now in negative equity. Every British child is born owing around 20,000 pounds. Servicing the interest on that debt is going to cost more than educating the child."
- Daniel Hannan
(Related: Money, Truth, Negative, Country, Debt, Interest, Now)

"You cannot spend your way out of recession or borrow your way out of debt."
- Daniel Hannan
(Related: Debt)

"While President Bush's tax give-aways for the rich are pushing us further into debt, he compensates by increasing the out-of-pocket costs to our veterans."
- Tom Harkin
(Related: Debt, Tax, President, Veterans)

"The men and women on the front lines of the war on terror continue to risk their lives to save ours - and for that we owe them a debt that we can never truly repay. Thanks to their efforts we have made tremendous progress. Yet, the job is not done."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Men, War, Women, Progress, Debt, Job, Risk, Terror)

"We owe our World War II veterans - and all our veterans - a debt we can never fully repay."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: War, Debt, Veterans, World, World war)

"To vote is like the payment of a debt, a duty never to be neglected, if its performance is possible."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Performance, Debt, Duty, Vote)

"Let every man, every corporation, and especially let every village, town, and city, every county and State, get out of debt and keep out of debt. It is the debtor that is ruined by hard times."
- Rutherford B. Hayes
(Related: Debt, Man, State)

"The biggest reason most people fail is that they try to fix too much at once - join a gym, get out of debt, floss after meals and have thinner thighs in 30 days."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: People, Debt, Reason)

"Speak not of my debts unless you mean to pay them."
- George Herbert
"I can tell you this, if it wasn't for my book royalties, I'd be in debt."
- Benny Hinn
(Related: Debt)

"The privatization plan weakens Social Security and threatens our economic security by creating trillions of dollars in new debt."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Debt, Security)

"High bankruptcy rates, increased credit card debt, and identity theft make it imperative that all of us take an active role in providing financial and economic education during all stages of one's life."
- Ruben Hinojosa
(Related: Education, Life, Financial, Credit, Debt, Identity, Theft)

"Blessed are the young for they shall inherit the national debt."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Debt)

"Marriage, like death, is a debt we owe to nature."
- Julia Ward Howe
(Related: Nature, Death, Marriage, Debt)

"The creditor hath a better memory than the debtor."
- James Howell
(Related: Memory)

"Every professional athlete owes a debt of gratitude to the fans and management, and pays an installment every time he plays. He should never miss a payment."
- Bobby Hull
(Related: Time, Gratitude, Management, Debt, Fans)

"I would vote to increase the debt limit if there was a corresponding level of cuts. And if there was some serious talk about a balanced budget amendment, which we as governors always had to deal with."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Debt, Talk, Vote)

"And the trajectory that our debt is taking now beyond $14 trillion is going to have an impact on our currency. It goes south, and our currency's going to have an impact on our standard of living and affect every family in this country, and over time, our international competitiveness."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Family, Time, Country, Debt, Living, Now)

"Home life ceases to be free and beautiful as soon as it is founded on borrowing and debt."
- Henrik Ibsen
(Related: Home, Life, Borrowing, Debt)

"One of the things that Africa needs, everybody seems to agree, is some measure of debt relief."
- Gwen Ifill
(Related: Debt, Measure, Needs)

"Plus, 40% of our debt is owned by foreign interest. I can't support a plan that passes along cost burden to our children and makes us more reliant on foreign dollars."
- Steve Israel
(Related: Burden, Children, Debt, Interest, Support)

"The world is indebted for all triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: Error, Humanity, Oppression, Reason, World)

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world."
- Thomas Jefferson
(Related: World)

"Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger."
- Samuel Johnson
(Related: Danger)

"I have serious concerns about whether it's prudent to give any foreign country substantial leverage over the U.S. economy. Instead of spending $80 billion on important programs here at home, we're sending this money overseas just to pay interest on our debt."
- Tim Johnson
(Related: Money, Home, Country, Debt, Economy, Interest)

"The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Imagination, Debt, Play)

"Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable."
- Carl Jung
(Related: Imagination, Work, Debt, Fantasy, Play)

"I owe a debt of gratitude to two other living Justices. Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg paved the way for me and so many other women in my generation. Their pioneering lives have created boundless possibilities for women in the law. I thank them for their inspiration and also for the personal kindnesses they have shown me."
- Elena Kagan
(Related: Women, Gratitude, Inspiration, Day, Debt, Law, Living, Possibilities)

"They have seized upon the government by bribery and corruption. They have made speculation and public robbery a science. They have loaded the nation, the state, the county, and the city with debt."
- Denis Kearney
(Related: Government, Science, Bribery, Corruption, Debt, Nation, Public, State)

"Right now, a majority of the debt is owed to foreign interests, Japan being the largest purchaser of government debt today, soon to be surpassed by China as the number one purchaser of our debt in this Nation."
- Ron Kind
(Related: Government, Being, Debt, Majority, Nation, Now, Right, Today)

"Small miseries, like small debts, hit us in so many places, and meet us at so many turns and corners, that what they want in weight, they make up in number, and render it less hazardous to stand the fire of one cannon ball, than a volley composed of such a shower of bullets."
- Rudyard Kipling
(Related: Fire, Want, Weight)

"Every American born today owes $43,000 to the federal government the day she or he is born. And we are transferring a tremendous amount of debt to the new generation, much of it owed to overseas creditors who expect to be repaid by our children with interest."
- Mark Kirk
(Related: Government, American, Children, Day, Debt, Interest, Today)

"I've got a chart here that shows our debt-to-GDP ratio. And while we did run deficits in the past, we now number our debt in trillions rather than in billions. And I think that represents a long-term danger, especially to the, the American dream."
- Mark Kirk
(Related: Dream, American, Danger, Debt, Now, Past)

"If you look internationally over the last 50 years there have been improvements in the third world, but in the last 20 years the reverse has happened, with debt crises and increased poverty."
- David Korten
(Related: Debt, Poverty, World, Years)

"It's easy to set a story anywhere if you get a good guidebook and get some basic street names, and some descriptions, but, for me, yes, I am indebted to my travels to India for several of the stories."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Names)

"Anybody who has ever been in business, anybody who has ever paid bills, anybody who has ever lived in a serious adult life knows that indebtedness is a killer."
- Frank Lautenberg
(Related: Life, Business)

"We owe the Aboriginal peoples a debt that is four centuries old. It is their turn to become full partners in developing an even greater Canada. And the reconciliation required may be less a matter of legal texts than of attitudes of the heart."
- Romeo LeBlanc
(Related: Legal, Heart, Canada, Debt, May, Old)

"I've always acknowledged my debt to Hammer. I've always said I'm very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful."
- Christopher Lee
(Related: Opportunity, Debt, World)

"Liberalism does not preclude an organisation of the flow of money in which some channels are used in decision making while others are only good for the payment of debts."
- Jean-Francois Lyotard
(Related: Money, Decision, Liberalism)

"To the press alone, chequered as it is with abuses, the world is indebted for all the triumphs which have been gained by reason and humanity over error and oppression."
- James Madison
(Related: Error, Humanity, Oppression, Reason, World)

"America was indebted to immigration for her settlement and prosperity. That part of America which had encouraged them most had advanced most rapidly in population, agriculture and the arts."
- James Madison
(Related: Agriculture, America, Population, Prosperity)

"All that seems indispensible in stating the account between the dead and the living, is to see that the debts against the latter do not exceed the advances made by the former."
- James Madison
(Related: Living)

"For instance, we're always fighting amongst each other. Who gives us the arms? And then we become indebted to wherever we are buying them from - with what? The very resources we need to keep there."
- Miriam Makeba
(Related: Buying, Fighting)

"Our workers comp debt is the Achilles heel of our state's economy, and I firmly believe that in order to create more good jobs in West Virginia this system must be fixed and it must be fixed now. We cannot afford to wait even one more minute."
- Joe Manchin III
(Related: Debt, Economy, Jobs, Now, Order, State, Workers)

"Typically, students slide into debt through the extension (by credit card companies) of unaffordable credit lines."
- Robert Manning
(Related: Credit, Debt, Students)

"The debt they ran up in the first year of the Obama administration is bigger than the last four years of the Bush combined."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Debt, First, Years)

"After adding trillions to the debt on big-government policies most Americans didn't ask for and which we couldn't afford, Democratic leaders say they need more money, which they intend to take from small business, even though small businesses create the majority of new jobs."
- Mitch McConnell
(Related: Business, Money, Americans, Debt, Jobs, Leaders, Majority)

"It's a scary thing going into the workforce with a $50,000 debt and you've been trained as a classical theatre actor. There's always a depression in the theatre."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Actor, Debt, Depression, Theatre)

"A Christian people who have for two hundred years kept a race in bondage, deprived of the advantages of civilization and religion, owe them a debt of gratitude which it would seem ungenerous to withhold."
- Nelson A. Miles
(Related: Religion, Gratitude, People, Civilization, Christian, Debt, Race, Years)

"It's easy to sit in relative luxury and peace and pontificate on the subject of the Third World debts."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Peace, Luxury, World)

"The federal debt in this country is principally of Republican design."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Design, Country, Debt, Republican)

"Some debts are fun when you are acquiring them, but none are fun when you set about retiring them."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Fun)

"It is day after day in this institution, borrow money, run up the debt, run up the deficits and then with a straight face say, we are going to repeal a tax that affects 1 percent of the American people, just 1 percent of the American people."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Money, People, American, Day, Debt, Tax)

"The latest page I've been working is about the organization of the pantheon of the gods. Who's indebted to whom, how they are related, who screwed whose uncle or grandmother, all of that."
- Ben Nicholson
(Related: Gods)

"Great indebtedness does not make men grateful, but vengeful; and if a little charity is not forgotten, it turns into a gnawing worm."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Men, Charity)

"I think everyday people on the street who have never been affiliated with the tea party movement are alarmed with the spending and the debt that we have."
- Kristi Noem
(Related: People, Debt, Party, Tea)

"I found this national debt, doubled, wrapped in a big bow waiting for me as I stepped into the Oval Office."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Debt, Office, Waiting)

"This country owes them all a debt of gratitude. The down payment on that debt is making sure that we live up to Lincoln's charge: to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan."
- Dave Obey
(Related: Gratitude, Battle, Care, Country, Debt)

"But Paul, in his preaching of the Gospel, is a debtor to deliver the word not to Barbarians only, but also to Greeks, and not only to the unwise, who would easily agree with him, but also to the wise."
- Origen
(Related: Preaching, Word)

"If you have debt I'm willing to bet that general clutter is a problem for you too."
- Suze Orman
(Related: Debt)

"It takes as much imagination to create debt as to create income."
- Leonard Orr
(Related: Imagination, Debt, Income)

"It's God's will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It's God's will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: God, Debt, Poverty, Prosperity, Will)

"To reduce deficit spending and our enormous debt, you reign in spending. You cut the budget. You don't take more from the private sector and grow government with it. And that's exactly what Obama has in mind with this expiration of Bush tax cuts proposal of his."
- Sarah Palin
(Related: Government, Debt, Tax, Mind, Tax cuts)

"You know, when Republicans were in charge, we doubled the debt. But, now, our concern is the Democrats are in charge and they're tripling the debt. So, really, our concern is that we want smaller government."
- Rand Paul
(Related: Government, Concern, Debt, Democrats, Now, Republicans, Want)

"I will always vote what I have promised, and always vote the Constitution, as well as I will not vote for one single penny that isn't paid for, because debt is the monster, debt is what's going to eat us up and that is why our economy is on the brink."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Constitution, Debt, Economy, Vote, Will)

"Have you noticed the debt is exploding? And it's not all because of Medicare."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Debt)

"Education: A debt due from present to future generations."
- George Peabody
(Related: Debt, Future, Generations, Present)

"You know, Hoosiers recognize pork when we see it. And they recognize what bailing out every failing business in America means - We're burying generations under a mountain range of debt."
- Mike Pence
(Related: Business, America, Debt, Generations)

"All we're getting from the Democratic majority in Congress and from this White House is more bailouts, more spending, more planned stimulus, more deficits and debt, and the American people have had it."
- Mike Pence
(Related: People, American, Congress, Debt, Majority)

"So we make this big loan, most of it comes back to the United States, the country is left with the debt plus lots of interest, and they basically become our servants, our slaves. It's an empire. There's no two ways about it. It's a huge empire. It's been extremely successful."
- John Perkins
(Related: Successful, Country, Debt, Interest, states, United)

"The budget should be balanced, the treasury should be refilled, the public debt should be reduced and the arrogance of public officials should be controlled."
- Ross Perot
(Related: Arrogance, Debt, Public)

"Debt is the fatal disease of republics, the first thing and the mightiest to undermine governments and corrupt the people."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: People, Debt, Disease, First)

"My point is cutting spending shouldn't be reliant on the debt limit though. It's something we have to do. The good news for America is, leaders in both parties, the president, believe that we have to have significant deficit reduction. So the intent is there. And I think what America is going to demand is that our leaders come together."
- David Plouffe
(Related: America, Debt, Leaders, News, President)

"But the debt limit obviously is something that needs to and will be passed. That is not inconsistent with a process and a belief that we have to get significant deficit reduction."
- David Plouffe
(Related: Belief, Debt, Needs, Will)

"Since, therefore, individuals as well as the public are so indebted to these writers for the benefits they enjoy, I think them not only entitled to the honour of palms and crowns, but even to be numbered among the gods."
- Marcus V. Pollio
(Related: Gods, Benefits, Public, Writers)

"Not that pleading can be taken as a test, for the forms of action, notably Debt, ignore the fundamental difference between duties imposed by law and duties created by the will of the parties."
- Frederick Pollock
(Related: Action, Debt, Difference, Law, Will)

"Tonight I should like to thank all those who have shared my work and to acknowledge the debt that I owe to my wife whose encouragement to put research before all other things has been a great strength to me."
- George Porter
(Related: Work, Wife, Strength, Debt, Encouragement, Research)

"Many students graduate from college and professional schools, including those of social work, nursing, medicine, teaching and law, with crushing debt burdens."
- Jon Porter
(Related: Work, College, Debt, Law, Medicine, Schools, Students, Teaching)

"Wars are made to make debt."
- Ezra Pound
(Related: Debt)

"Some people use one half their ingenuity to get into debt, and the other half to avoid paying it."
- George Dennison Prentice
(Related: People, Debt)

"The Nobel Prize, so long regarded in our science as the highest reward a man's work can earn, must bring to its recipient a most solemn sense of his debt to his fellow scientists and those of the past."
- Edward M. Purcell
(Related: Science, Work, Debt, Man, Past, Reward, Scientists, Sense)

"And that's the one thing that people do not understand is that we have very low interest rates and if those go back to historical levels or even go back to scary thoughts that they're back in the late '70s, early '80s, then that's going to really be hard to actually pay off those debts. It's going to be a - it's going to be a very big problem."
- Ben Quayle
(Related: People, Thoughts, Interest)

"I think that when we look out with our underfunded liabilities and our national debt over $14 trillion, I think if we are part of that movement to get our government spending under control, I think that would be a tremendous legacy to leave."
- Ben Quayle
(Related: Government, Control, Debt)

"Debts and lies are generally mixed together."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Lies)

"Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the 9/11 Commission members for their valuable service and important recommendations to improve homeland security."
- Jim Ramstad
(Related: Gratitude, Debt, Nation, Security, Service)

"I mean, the world has already done a big, big effort to forget debt to countries heavily indebted and with low income. And that has given good chances to countries to get out of poverty."
- Rodrigo Rato
(Related: Countries, Debt, Effort, Forget, Income, Poverty, World)

"And it's also producing a growth in debt to the United States that will weight very heavily in a country that has to address issues like having more old people to be covered by Social Security or by pension in the future."
- Rodrigo Rato
(Related: People, Growth, Country, Debt, Future, Old, Security, states, United, Weight, Will)

"The American people do not like privatization. They are afraid of the debt the president's willing to do. And they don't like benefit cuts. And everyone here should understand all 45 Senate Democrats are united. We are not going to let this happen."
- Harry Reid
(Related: People, American, Debt, Democrats, President, Senate, United)

"It's almost Armageddon if the Japanese and Chinese don't buy our debt. I don't know where we could get the money. I think we've let ourselves get in a terrible situation and I think we ought to try and get out of it."
- Julian Robertso
(Related: Money, Debt)

"If the current birth rate, which is the lowest in the major developed countries, continues, there will be no Japanese. Who will pay the enormous debt?"
- Jim Rogers
(Related: Countries, Debt, Will)

"Worrying is like paying on a debt that may never come due."
- Will Rogers
(Related: Debt, May)

"Mr. Obama denounced the $2.3 trillion added to the national debt on Mr. Bush's watch as "deficits as far as the eye can see." But Mr. Obama's budget adds $9.3 trillion to the debt over the next 10 years. What happened to Obama the deficit hawk?"
- Karl Rove
(Related: Debt, Eye, Years)

"Mr. Obama plans to boost federal spending 25 percent while nearly tripling the national debt over 10 years. Americans know that this kind of spending will have economic consequences, including new taxes being imposed by the new progressives."
- Karl Rove
(Related: Americans, Being, Consequences, Debt, Taxes, Will, Years)

"This debt crisis coming to our country. The wall and tidal wave of debt that is befalling our nation. Medicare and Social Security go bankrupt within ten years, we have a debt that is looming so high that in the last year of President Obama's budget just the interest payments on our debt is $916 billion dollars."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Country, Crisis, Debt, Interest, Nation, President, Security, Years)

"The debt and the deficit is just getting out of control, and the administration is still pumping through billions upon trillions of new spending. That does not grow the economy."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Control, Debt, Economy)

"When you take a look at the problems our country is facing, debt is No. 1. The math is downright scary and the credit markets aren't going to keep on giving us cheap rates."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Country, Credit, Debt, Giving, Problems)

"What I'm concerned about is endless borrowing, which is going to compromise our economy not only today but in the future. Because we know the decisions we make right now really dramatically impact us in the future, and the debt is literally getting out of our control."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Control, Borrowing, Compromise, Debt, Decisions, Economy, Future, Now, Right, Today)

"What matters to me is that I do what I think is right and I see, I'm a numbers guy, that's my attitude. I know we have a debt tsunami coming, we are bankrupting this country and I'm in a position where I can actually advance ideas to prevent that from happening. That's exactly what I should be doing."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Ideas, Attitude, Country, Debt, Numbers, Right)

"Our debt is out of control. What was a fiscal challenge is now a fiscal crisis. We cannot deny it; instead we must, as Americans, confront it responsibly. And that is exactly what Republicans pledge to do."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Control, Americans, Challenge, Crisis, Debt, Now, Republicans)

"If we didn't propose these reforms, we would not have proposed a budget that got the debt under control."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Control, Debt)

"Look, the president is elected to lead and to face the country's biggest challenges. The country's biggest challenge domestically speaking, no doubt about it, is a debt crisis, and I'm really hoping that he is going to give us a budget that tackles this debt crisis."
- Paul Ryan
(Related: Challenge, Country, Crisis, Debt, Doubt, President)

"The debts are unaffordable. If they won't cancel the debts I would suggest obstruction; you do it yourselves."
- Jeffrey Sachs
"We're going to have to forgive a great deal of the Soviet era debt. There's no question about that. Let's face up to that. We're going to have to put in money if Russia is really going to consolidate a democracy."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Money, Debt, Democracy, Question, Russia)

"We, being the Western world, wouldn't let Russia off the hook on debt. So there were demands on debt servicing in the early days until they ran out of reserves. There was no real aid program, just a fictional aid program."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Being, Debt, Russia, World)

"If you have a lot of short-term debt, it means that all of that money can be demanded in a very short period of time. Technically, short-term debt means money that's coming due within a year. Typically, it means money that's coming due within 30 to 90 days."
- Jeffrey Sachs
(Related: Money, Time, Debt)

"That is what has happened to the United States in the international economic scene. We have deteriorated into a debtor status so that we are now dependent upon the kindness of strangers. That is not where the world's leading power should find itself."
- Paul Sarbanes
(Related: Power, Kindness, Leading, Now, states, Strangers, United, World)

"Solving a problem created by debt... by creating more debt is a fool's errand."
- Olivier Sarkozy
(Related: Debt, Fool)

"Obviously, there has to be a profound change in direction. Otherwise, interest on the national debt will start eating up virtually every penny that we have."
- Bobby Scott
(Related: Change, Debt, Direction, Eating, Interest, Will)

"A promise made is a debt unpaid."
- Robert Service
(Related: Debt, Promise)

"First our pleasures die - and then our hopes, and then our fears - and when these are dead, the debt is due dust claims dust - and we die too."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Debt, First)

"Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike- no bail, no demurrer."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Death, Debt)

"He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Imagination, Facts, Memory)

"It is absolutely impossible to settle the debts to pensioners, teachers, and others. The country hasn't got enough money to do so."
- Eduard Shevardnadze
(Related: Money, Country, Teachers)

"The marathon is all about energy management. I had planned to run it like a track race with strategic surges to blow up my competitors by putting them into oxygen debt, so that is the way I prepared."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Management, Debt, Energy, Marathon, Race)

"Government spending is being restrained, the economy is making progress and moving forward, and the pro-growth, tax cutting policies put in place have allowed businesses to grow, which has brought in additional tax revenue to help pay off the debt."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Government, Progress, Being, Debt, Economy, Tax, Help)

"I have a debt, a loyalty to the museum; the best place for me to do what I wanted to do."
- George Gaylord Simpson
(Related: Debt, Loyalty)

"Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy, were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts."
- Gordon Sinclair
(Related: War, Americans, Germany, Italy)

"The Government of Iraq also owes a debt to the American and coalition forces who are fighting the insurgency and helping put that country back together after decades of repression."
- Ike Skelton
(Related: Government, American, Country, Debt, Fighting, Iraq, Repression)

"What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?"
- Adam Smith
(Related: Happiness, Health, Conscience, Debt, Man)

"To no human charter am I indebted for my rights."
- Gerrit Smith
(Related: Rights)

"A true lover always feels in debt to the one he loves."
- Ralph W. Sockman
(Related: Debt)

"There is nothing left now for us but to get ever deeper and deeper into debt to the banking system in order to provide the increasing amounts of money the nation requires for its expansion and growth."
- Frederick Soddy
(Related: Money, Growth, Debt, Nation, Nothing, Now, Order)

"I try to help developing junior chess. When I lived in USSR, I got a lot of free help from very good coaches - now I am trying to repay that debt."
- Boris Spassky
(Related: Chess, Coaches, Debt, Help, Now, Trying)

"What we are effectively doing, I say this to the young people of America whom my colleagues represent, is leaving our children and grandchildren the tab for fighting a war, letting them pay for the lion's share of it by simply adding it to the national debt."
- John Spratt
(Related: War, People, America, Children, Debt, Fighting)

"We can have tax cuts, but when we have tax cuts and do not have a surplus, the amount of the tax cut goes straight to the bottom line, adds to the deficit, and the deficit adds to the national debt, and sooner or later, the debt has to be paid."
- John Spratt
(Related: Debt, Tax, Tax cuts)

"Pain and fear and hunger are effects of causes which can be foreseen and known: but sorrow is a debt which someone else makes for us."
- Freya Stark
(Related: Fear, Causes, Debt, Hunger, Pain, Sorrow)

"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 poor house."
- William Graham Sumner
(Related: Men, Debt, Living, Poor, World)

"My greatest debt will always be to the movie-going public of yesterday and today, without whose love and devotion I would have had no story to tell."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Love, Debt, Devotion, Public, Today, Will, Yesterday)

"People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don't get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don't start a family before you're ready to settle down."
- James Taylor
(Related: Family, Life, People, Addiction, Debt)

"Besides, we had a large debt, contracted at home and abroad in our War of Independence; therefore the great power of taxation was conferred upon this Government."
- Robert Toombs
(Related: Government, Home, Power, War, Debt, Independence, Taxation)

"Substantive and procedural law benefits and protects landlords over tenants, creditors over debtors, lenders over borrowers, and the poor are seldom among the favored parties."
- John Turner
(Related: Benefits, Law, Poor)

"I have no illusions about my art. I am what the public made me and, consequently, I am not likely to forget my debt to them."
- Conrad Veidt
(Related: Art, Debt, Forget, Public)

"The great increase in longevity has produced a surge in the desire to accumulate assets for retirement. It has outpaced the ability of the private sector to produce assets, so we need a larger government debt."
- William Vickrey
(Related: Government, Ability, Debt, Desire, Longevity, Retirement)

"On 16 September 1985, when the Commerce Department announced that the United States had become a debtor nation, the American Empire died."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: American, Commerce, Nation, states, United)

"And here a most heinous charge is made, that the nation has been burdened with unnecessary expenses for the sole purpose of preventing the discharge of our debts and the abolition of taxes."
- Robert Walpole
(Related: Purpose, Nation, Taxes)

"At a time when the GOP is playing games with the debt limit, a member of the Supreme Court is refusing to recuse himself from matters he has a financial interest in, and middle class incomes are stagnant, many want to change the subject. I don't. This was a prank, and a silly one. I'm focused on my work."
- Anthony Weiner
(Related: Change, Time, Work, Financial, Class, Court, Debt, Games, Interest, Middle class, Silly, Want)

"The more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long run we shall have to pay our debts at a time that may be very inconvenient for our own survival."
- Norbert Wiener
(Related: Time, Survival, May, World)

"Our ministry is debt free and we have not had to beg or plead for finances."
- David Wilkerson
(Related: Debt)

"Without a trace of irony I can say I have been blessed with brilliant enemies. I owe them a great debt, because they redoubled my energies and drove me in new directions."
- E. O. Wilson
(Related: Debt, Enemies, Irony)

"This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: Love, Debt, World)

"Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate."
- William Wycherley
(Related: Debt, Friends, Hate, Poets)

"Truth never was indebted to a lie."
- Edward Young
(Related: Truth, Lie)