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Neither a borrower nor a lender be

akespeare wrote, in Hamlet, ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’ and suggested that people should not lend money to friends or borrow money from friends

Many old folk subscribe to the phrase ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’. The phrase comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and is used in the following way:

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.

This means that people should not loan money to friends as failed transactions (such as failure to repay the money) leads to loss of friendship and money. Also, people should not borrow money because it is seen to be impolite and suggests that people are living outside their means.

Wise old folk who subscribe to this philosophy offer the following tips:

If you have any other advice that relates to the phrase ‘neither a borrower nor a lender be’, please get in touch and we will add your tips to this page.