receiving something from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it
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Borrowing is receiving something from somebody temporarily, expecting to return it. The person doing the borrowing is often considered to have incurred a debt to the lender.


  • Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
  • Borrowing has a bad name, but you would be surprised how it helps in a pinch.
  • I borrow to pay my honest debts and not to squander foolishly. What's more, I confine my borrowing to those who can well afford it. I don't go around sponging on widows and orphans unless they have plenty.
  • He that would have a short Lent, let him borrow money to be repaid at Easter.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 81.
  • Great collections of books are subject to certain accidents besides the damp, the worms, and the rats; one not less common is that of the borrowers, not to say a word of the purloiners.
  • He who prefers to give Linus the half of what he wishes to borrow, rather than to lend him the whole, prefers to lose only the half.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book I, Epistle 75.
  • You give me back. Phœbus, my bond for four hundred thousand sesterces; lend me rather a hundred thousand more. Seek some one else to whom you may vaunt your empty present: what I cannot pay you, Phœbus, is my own.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book IX, Epistle 102.
  • I have granted you much that you asked: and yet you never cease to ask of me. He who refuses nothing, Atticilla, will soon have nothing to refuse.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book XII, Epistle 79.
  • The borrower is servant to the lender.
    • Proverbs, XXII. 7.
  • Croyez que chose divine est prester; debvoir est vertu heroïcque.
    • Believe me that it is a godlike thing to lend; to owe is a heroic virtue.
    • François Rabelais, Pantagruel (1532), Book III, Chapter IV.
  • Neither a borrower nor a lender be:
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
  • What question can be here? Your own true heart
    Must needs advise you of the only part:
    That may be claim'd again which was but lent,
    And should be yielded with no discontent,
    Nor surely can we find herein a wrong,
    That it was left us to enjoy it long.
  • Who goeth a borrowing
    Goeth a sorrowing.
    Few lend (but fools)
    Their working tools.
    • Thomas Tusser, Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry, September's Abstract; first lines also in June's Abstract.