“Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend, and borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.”
What kind of word is “hubandry” anyway? Is this a Bible verse?
This quote about being neither a borrower or lender is not from the Bible, it’s from the William Shakespeare play Hamlet, Act 1, scene 3, 75–77. In the play. Polonius is giving advice to Laertes, and this is but one of the quotes of wisdom he imparts. There is actually a more famous quote within Scene 3 of Hamlet, and that is “to thine own self be true”.
“This above all: to thine ownself be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man.”
As for the Bible, borrowing and lending is completely permissible, only that the borrower should pay back speedily, and the lender should not charge interest.
And for those wondering about the word husbandry…
Definition: 1. the care, cultivation, and breeding of crops and animals:crop husbandry; 2. management and conservation of resources.