neither a borrower nor a lender be

1601 SHAKESPEARE Hamlet I. iii. 73 Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend.

1985 R. CURTIS & B. ELTON Blackadder II in R. Curtis et al. Black-Adder (1998) 192 Take heed the moral of this tale, Be not a borrower or lender, And if your finances do fail, Make sure your banker’s not a bender.

2002 Times 2 11 Mar. 7 The moral architecture of my childhood was supported by a series of massive, neo-Victorian precepts, among which ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’ occupied a particularly imposing position.


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