Oscar Wilde: On leverage


“…extremely old fashioned people…[do] not realize that we live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities; and there were several very courteously worded communications from Jermyn Street Money Lenders, offering to advance any sum of money at a moment’s notice and at the most reasonable interest rates.

…It is only people who pay their bills who want [money], Uncle George, and I never pay mine. Credit is the capital of a younger son, and one lives charmingly upon it.”

 -Lord Henry, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray

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