Neither a borrower nor a lender be

is the prompt from
My response is strange, given that my father was a banker!

There’s nothing so comforting
as freedom from debt
poor though we may be, we’re happy.
But give me a credit card
and the worries would start,
so please don’t.
I’d rather wait
for what I want.
And as for lending,
that’s the way to lose friends.
I’ll gladly give what I can
without need to repay.


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11 Responses to Neither a borrower nor a lender be

  1. Mike Patrick says:

    Lending to friends is a good way to lose friends. Lending to family is a good way to become estranged from family members.


  2. gsb3 says:

    I agree, you are so right, although I don’t follow this advice or my own. Hmmm…something is not right in Denmark, 🙂


  3. Nara Malone says:

    Very sound financial plan. It’s my philosophy too.


  4. Money…. we can’t let it rule us yet most of us work so hard for it… so unfortunate


  5. Laurie Kolp says:

    Very wise words…


  6. Wise words, but so very difficult to follow in this materialistic society of ours. Thanks for sharing!


  7. Linda Jacobs says:

    Such common sense lines! I hate credit cards, too.


  8. With you all the way on this one.
    I always keep a small amount of change in the inbuilt cup holder of my car, just in case I need to park at a parking meter and have to have a coin to use, so, there’s usually about 6 bucks in there in coins. Someone broke into it last night, left my inhaler and a box of Tic tacs on the seat that they removed from on top of the coins and took the money.
    You know, I would rather they had knocked my door and asked for it. I would’ve given it to them if they were that desperate for money.
    But yes, you’re right, sometimes we lend a friend something, they think they don’t need to pay it back because they’re your friend after all… thus ends the friendship right there.
    Great write and a great read.


  9. Good one, and so true!


  10. Tilly Bud says:

    I second the motion! It’s not the money we owe that kills us, it’s the weight of carrying it.


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