Death by Debt: More Wisdom for Hard Times

I’ve noted before the growing trend,  or at least trendette, of rediscovering old, half-forgotten truths about human nature, the economy and society brought on by this taste of hard times (today confirmed as a Recession). A few weeks ago it was the Return of Rudyard Kipling with his “Copybook Maxims.” Now the New York Times brings together dozens of quotations and maxims about thrift, debt, and related topics. Among the multicultural nuggets:

“Out o’ debt, out o’ danger.” (Scottish proverb)

“An empty bag weighs more than a full one.”  (Serbian proverb)


It’s interesting how the fear of debt and the virtue of living within one’s means seems to transcend cultures. See the full list  here .


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