Posted by: Dutch | January 16, 2010

Neither a borrower nor a lender be

Meaning

Literal meaning.

Origin

From Shakespeare’s Hamlet, 1603:

LORD POLONIUS:

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

_ Sincerest thanks to Gary Martin of The Phrase Finder

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