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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Usury
 
  The synonyme of usury is ruin.
Dr. Johnson.    
  1
  Extra interest signifies extra risk.
Wellington.    
  2
  Poor rogues, and usurers’ men! bawds between gold and want!
Shakespeare.    
  3
  Usury dulls and damps all industries, improvements, and new inventions, wherein money would be stirring if it were not for this slug.
Bacon.    
  4
  Many have made witty invectives against usury. They say that it is a pity the devil should have God’s part, which is the tithe; that the usurer is the greatest Sabbath-breaker, because his plough goeth every Sunday.
Bacon.    
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  Usury is the land-shark and devil-fish of commerce.
J. L. Basford.    
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  A money-lender. He serves you in the present tense; he lends you in the conditional mood; keeps you in the subjunctive; and ruins you in the future!
Addison.    
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  Go not to a covetous old man with any request too soon in the morning, before he hath taken in that day’s prey; for his covetousness is up before him, and he before thee, and he is in ill-humor; but stay till the afternoon, till he be satiated upon some borrower.
Fuller.    
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                    He was a man
Versed in the world as pilot in his compass;
The needle pointed ever to that interest
Which was his loadstar; and he spread his sails
With vantage to the gale of others’ passions.
Ben Jonson.    
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