Beautiful credit! The foundation of modern society. Who shall say that this
is not the golden age of mutual trust, of unlimited reliance upon human promises?
That is a peculiar condition of society which enables a whole nation to instantly
recognize point and meaning in the familiar newspaper anecdote, which puts into
the mouth of a distinguished speculator in lands and mines this remark: 'I wasn't
worth a cent two years ago, and now I owe two millions of dollars.'
- The Gilded Age
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