Never a Lender or a Borrower Be

Never a borrower or a lender be

– William Shakespeare

The Shakespeare quote: ‘Never a borrower or a lender be” means that it’s wiser to neither lend nor borrow things, especially money. 

It is the best way to lose friends. If you lend a friend something and if it is never returned or returned damaged, it puts you in an awkward position where you can’t say anything to your friend or ask them for money to get it fixed. If you borrow something, it weighs on your mind until you return it. You’re not comfortable with the lender until you get the item back to them.

Before borrowing something, you should know that if you break it, you can afford to replace it for the owner. It needs to be in better shape than the time it was borrowed, in order to feel right.

It depends on the deepness of your friendship. Some friendships can withstand a bad loan. Some valued friendships are destroyed forever. No matter how much money you make, you always want more. Thus, we need to learn to be satisfied with what we have earned. We need to understand that if we don’t have something, it is because we don’t need it and if we can’t afford something, then we shouldn’t buy it.


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