“There is a strange idea aboard, held by all monetary cranks, that credit is something a banker gives to a man. Credit, on the contrary, is something a man already has. He has it, perhaps, because he already has marketable assets of a greater cash value than the loan for which he is asking. Or he has it because his character and past record have earned it. He brings it into the bank with him. That is why the banker makes him the loan.”

in Henry Hazlitt, Money, Writers

-Henry HazlittEconomics in One Lesson (Westport, CT: Arlington House Publishers, 1979), p. 43

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