In Act 1, scene 3 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the king’s counselor, Polonius, advises his son, Laertes, and his daughter, Ophelia, on issues of virtue and wisdom. Here Polonius explains to his children the dangers of becoming indebted, including the possibility of damage to relationships and stewardship.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.