he that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing

he that goes a-borrowing, goes a-sorrowing

c 1470 in Wright & Halliwell Reliquiœ Antiquœ (1841) I. 316 He that fast spendyth must nede borowe; But whan he schal paye ayen, then ys al the sorowe.

1545 R. TAVERNER tr. Erasmus’ Adages (ed. 2) 46v He that goeth a borowynge goeth a sorowynge.

1836 MARRYAT Midshipman Easy I. viii. You had made your request for the loan..fully anticipating a refusal, (from the feeling that he who goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing).

1925 S. O’CASEY Juno & Paycock III. 84 Ah, him that goes a borrowin’ goes a sorrowin’!.. An’ there isn’t hardly a neighbour in the whole street that hasn’t lent him money on the strength of what he was going to get.

1995 American Spectator Feb. 82 Who goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing. Yes, the balanced-budget amendment is sort of a dumb idea, because it can so easily be evaded by cunning congressional accounting.


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