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  • This is a kind of usury, banker, that I do not understand.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Of course, any industrial profit above four per cent is considered usury nowadays.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • You should have left it to me, then, madame, who know what they are; but you wished to be frugal, and consequently to lend at usury.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But because the usurer takes another course, he despises Nature in herself, and in her follower, since upon other thing he sets his hope.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno

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  • I guess Jim could take care of their silver and old usury notes as well as you could.’
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • The usurer hangs the cozener.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • There I have another bad match: a bankrupt, a prodigal, who dare scarce show his head on the Rialto; a beggar, that used to come so smug upon the mart; let him look to his bond: he was wont to call me usurer; let him look to his bond: he was wont to lend money for a Christian courtesy; let him look to his bond.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merchant of Venice
  • Servant girls returned bracelets which they had stolen from their mistresses, and usurers harangued their wives angrily, in defense of usury.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • At the end of ten years they had paid everything, everything, with the rates of usury and the accumulations of the compound interest.
    Guy de Maupassant  --  The Diamond Necklace
  • I reckon he thinks they’d get him on the usury law if he netted more than eight percent.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury

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  • He had begun life as an obscure financier by lending small sums of money to workmen at usurious interest.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • About your neck, like a usurer’s chain? or under your arm, like a lieutenant’s scarf?
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • And the retaliation is apt to be in monstrous disproportion to the supposed offence; for when in anybody was revenge in its exactions aught else but an inordinate usurer?
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • Confounding the curses that came his way-and there were many, for his usury was harsh beyond necessity-he continued to prosper, squeezing the life from those hapless creatures who were driven to borrow from him, and gaining his strength from their weakness.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • …getting "graft," and was willing to pay over a share of it: the green-goods man and the highwayman, the pickpocket and the sneak thief, and the receiver of stolen goods, the seller of adulterated milk, of stale fruit and diseased meat, the proprietor of unsanitary tenements, the fake doctor and the usurer, the beggar and the "pushcart man," the prize fighter and the professional slugger, the race-track "tout," the procurer, the white-slave agent, and the expert seducer of young girls.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • "Ay," said the Knight, "to gnaw the bowels of our nobles with usury, and to gull women and boys with gauds and toys—I warrant thee store of shekels in thy Jewish scrip."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • Fie, fie, thou sham’st thy shape, thy love, thy wit; Which, like a usurer, abound’st in all, And usest none in that true use indeed Which should bedeck thy shape, thy love, thy wit: Thy noble shape is but a form of wax, Digressing from the valour of a man; Thy dear love sworn, but hollow perjury, Killing that love which thou hast vow’d to cherish; Thy wit, that ornament to shape and love, Mis-shapen in the conduct of them both, Like powder in a skilless soldier’s flask, Is set a-fire…
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • Do you think I am a Jew-usurer, seeking good investment in land?
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The results among them, even, are long hours of toil, low wages, child labor, and lack of protection against usury and cheating.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • How a usurer’s wife was brought to bed of twenty money-bags at a burden, and how she long’d to eat adders’ heads and toads carbonadoed.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • Finding Tom so squeamish on this point, he did not insist upon it, but proposed, instead, that he should turn usurer; the devil being extremely anxious for the increase of usurers, looking upon them as his peculiar people.
    Washington Irving  --  The Devil and Tom Walker
  • A white-clad Oswal banker from Ajmir, his sins of usury new wiped out, asked him what he did.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Your brother, Leonid Andreyevitch, says I’m a snob, a usurer, but that is absolutely nothing to me.
    Anton Chekhov  --  The Cherry Orchard
  • Among the audience there was a wealthy retired merchant, who was somewhat of a usurer, named M. Geborand, who had amassed two millions in the manufacture of coarse cloth, serges, and woollen galloons.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • …under false pretences, forgery, embezzlement, misappropriation of public money, betrayal of public trust, malingering, mayhem, corruption of minors, criminal libel, blackmail, contempt of court, arson, treason, felony, mutiny on the high seas, trespass, burglary, jailbreaking, practice of unnatural vice, desertion from armed forces in the field, perjury, poaching, usury, intelligence with the king’s enemies, impersonation, criminal assault, manslaughter, wilful and premeditated murder.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Love, being an extremely exacting usurer (a sense of exorbitant profit, spiritually, by an exchange of hearts, being at the bottom of pure passions, as that of exorbitant profit, bodily or materially, is at the bottom of those of lower atmosphere), every morning Oak’s feelings were as sensitive as the money-market in calculations upon his chances.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • That was the day…. and the night for another story, Pale as a dream and shadowed with pencilled trees— Ghosts of the stars came by who had sought for glory, Whispered to us of peace in the plaintive breeze, Whispered of old dead faiths that the day had shattered, Youth the penny that bought delight of the moon; That was the urge that we knew and the language that mattered That was the debt that we paid to the usurer June.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Finally, behind all her comments, Carol saw the fact that the prairie towns no more exist to serve the farmers who are their reason of existence than do the great capitals; they exist to fatten on the farmers, to provide for the townsmen large motors and social preferment; and, unlike the capitals, they do not give to the district in return for usury a stately and permanent center, but only this ragged camp.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • ’He defies the usurer, does he?
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • I considered it a usurious amount of money, but agreed nonetheless.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • 28:8 He that by usury and unjust gain increaseth his substance, he shall gather it for him that will pity the poor.
    The Bible  --  Proverbs
  • Yes, the incomes are considerable, but they are barely sufficient to cover the usury on Littlefinger’s loans.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • Lori said it sounded outright felonious, but Dad said all he was doing was outsmarting the fat-cat bank owners who shylocked the common man by charging usurious interest rates.
    Jeannette Walls  --  The Glass Castle
  • These humane minds were disgusted by the idea of wealth increasing automatically and placed all speculation and transactions involving interest under the rubric of usury, making every rich man either a thief or the heir of a thief.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • An old woman who had been robbed of five hundred roubles, her all, by some rogue of a usurer, besought him to take up her case, instead of which he defended the usurer himself, a Jew named Zeidler, because this Jew promised to give him fifty roubles….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • ’twas never merry world since, of two usuries, the merriest was put down, and the worser allowed by order of law a furred gown to keep him warm; and furred with fox on lamb-skins too, to signify that craft, being richer than innocency, stands for the facing.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • —and had been cheated in too, had he cost but the indifferent sum of a month’s usury on a brass farthing let to a tinker out of work."
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • …and eke of bawdery, Of defamation, and adultery, Of churche-reeves,* and of testaments, *churchwardens Of contracts, and of lack of sacraments, And eke of many another manner* crime, *sort of Which needeth not rehearsen at this time, Of usury, and simony also; But, certes, lechours did he greatest woe; They shoulde singen, if that they were hent;* *caught And smale tithers<1> were foul y-shent,* *troubled, put to shame If any person would on them complain; There might astert them no…
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • 22:25 If thou lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thou shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • "Yet, I would have sworn thy thought had been more on the old usurer’s money bags, than on the black eyes of the daughter."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • [6] One Giovanni Buiamonte of Florence, "who surpassed all others of the time in usury," says Benvenuto da Imola.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Bless me from marrying a usurer!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • A Jewish magician might be the subject of equal abhorrence with a Jewish usurer, but he could not be equally despised.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • An old woman who had been robbed of five hundred roubles, her all, by some rogue of a usurer, besought him to take up her case, instead of which he defended the usurer himself, a Jew named Zeidler, because this Jew promised to give him fifty roubles….
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It might have been that Sir Mulberry remembered, that, knave and usurer as he was, he must, in some early time of infancy, have twined his arm about her father’s neck.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • —Be wise, old man; discharge thyself of a portion of thy superfluous wealth; repay to the hands of a Christian a part of what thou hast acquired by the usury thou hast practised on those of his religion.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "Old thou mayst be," replied the knight; "more shame to their folly who have suffered thee to grow grey in usury and knavery—Feeble thou mayst be, for when had a Jew either heart or hand—But rich it is well known thou art."
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • "O Sun that healest every troubled vision, thou dost content me so, when thou explainest, that doubt, not less than knowledge, pleaseth me; yet return a little back," said I, "there where thou saidst that usury offends the Divine Goodness, and loose the knot."
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
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