Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.william cobbett
Among my friends love is a payment. It is an old debt for a borrowing foolishly spent.william dunbar
People in debt become hopeless and hopeless people don’t vote. They always say that that everyone should vote but I think that if the poor in Britain or the United States turned out and voted for people that represented their interests there would be a real democratic revolution.tony benn
Choice depends on the freedom to choose and if you are shackled with debt you don’t have the freedom to choose.tony benn
Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?Pay every debt as if God wrote the bill.ralph waldo emerson
Science does not know its debt to imagination.ralph waldo emerson
Wilt thou seal up the avenues of ill?Pay every debt, as if God wrote the bill!ralph waldo emerson
If any one owe a debt for a loan, and a storm prostrates the grain, or the harvest fail, or the grain does not grow for lack of water; in that year he need not give his creditor any grain, he washes his debt-tablet in water and pays no rent for this year.hammurabi
If I was in Congress, I would not vote to raise the debt ceiling.sean hannity
The slender debt to Nature's quickly paid,Discharged, perchance, with greater ease than made.Francis Quarles
Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike — no bail, no demurrer.Richard Brinsley Sheridan
"Wakefield" prefigures Franz Kafka, but the latter modifies, and sharpens, the reading of "Wakefield." The debt is mutual; a great writer creates his or her precursors. He or she creates them and in some fashion justifies them.jorge luis borges
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
We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves.john buchan
A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.Alexander Hamilton
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
There is no debt with so much prejudice put off as that of justice.Plutarch
Social Science … led us to the fallacy that, since all men have their being in culture and as a result of culture, they owe a debt to that culture which even a lifetime of altruism could not repay.david riesman
Ambition's debt is paid.william shakespeare
Lyin' awake in a cold, cold sweat Am I overdrawn, am I going in debt? It gets worse, the older that you get No escape from the state of confusion I'm in State of confusion I'm inRay Davies, in "State of Confusion" on State of Confusion (1983) by The Kinks
[United States Senate Committee on Finance] Staff views it as inappropriate for a hospital to seek payment from a patient by sending a bill, (and) when payment is not received, to seek to recharacterize that debt as charity care. In addition, staff has found that the decision by some hospitals to include bad debt which often consists of very high charges from the (chargemaster list) provides a misleading and inflated accounting of a hospital 's charity care to policymakers and the public.United States Senate Committee on Finance staff, cited in: Naples Daily News staff (September 23, 2007). "Nonprofits hope IRS more responsive to them". Naples Daily News (Florida).
It shows nobility to be willing to increase your debt to a man to whom you already owe much.Cicero, Epistulae ad Familiares, II, 6, 2 (43 BC).
And to preserve their independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Kercheval, July 12, 1816, reported in ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Paul L. Ford, vol. 10, p. 41 (1899).
I am for a government rigorously frugal & simple, applying all the possible savings of the public revenue to the discharge of the national debt; and not for a multiplication of officers & salaries merely to make partisans, & for increasing, by every device, the public debt, on the principle of it's being a public blessing.Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry, January 26, 1799, reported in ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, Paul L. Ford, vol. 7, p. 327 (1896).
They that on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt, instead of their discharge.Edward Young
The kiss you take is paid by that you give. The joy is mutual, and I'm still in debt.George Granville, 1st Baron Lansdowne), Heroic Love, Act V, scene 1.
Thou whom avenging pow'rs obey, Cancel my debt (too great to pay) Before the sad accounting day.Wentworth Dillon
Drinking water neither makes a man sick, nor in debt, nor his wife a widow.John Neal, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 576.
I think the Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude and I believe most Iraqis express that.George W. Bush, January 13, 2007 
The National debt is a very Good Thing, and it would be dangerous to pay it off for fear of Political Economy.J(ulian)