Collateral Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old collateral quotes, collateral sayings, and collateral proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The person who says freedom must have collateral damage is either trying to make a buck or has been duped by someone making a buck on them. This is the primary justification for any group or person engaged in the sale of weapons and killing machines.     

Nicholas Colin McLaughlin

The people who did the collateralized mortgage obligations, sold them to pension funds, then sold them short, then bought credit default swap insurance on them, are just amazing. They are a law unto themselves.     

Ben Stein

When everything you love has been stolen from you, sometimes all you have left is revenge.Sometimes, the innocent get hurt. But one by one, the guilty will pay. Nothing ever goes exactly as you expect. And mistakes are life and death. Collateral damage is inescapable     

Emily Thorne

The Act of God designation on all insurance policies... means roughly that you cannot be insured for the accidents that are most likely to happen to you. If your ox kicks a hole in your neighbor's Maserati, however, indemnity is instantaneous.      


People at war with themselves will always cause collateral damage in the lives of those around them.     

John Mark Green

Asymmetrical warfare is a euphemism for terrorism, just like collateral damage is a euphemism for killing innocent civilians.     

Alan Dershowitz

The human mind, in taking us down the path of technocracy, has become the adversary of life itself and collaterally the adversary of the human soul.      

Konrad Lorenz

Repose not trust in testing another's degree of honesty at the risk of one's loss in matters big, unless collateralized.     

Firoozeh Dumas

Dreams offer too little collateral.     

Walt Disney

All that happens is that the destruction of human beings - unless they're Americans - is called collateral damage.     

Harold Pinter

In the multitude of counsellors there is safety. He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.     


A preoccupied family: they none of them threw themselves into the interests of the rest, but each ploughed his or her own furrow. Their thoughts, their little passions and hopes and desires, all ran along separate lines. Family life is like this—animated, but collateral.     

Rose Macaulay

Wars breed unfairness, just as they breed collateral damage.     

Lawrence Kudlow

Life is a right, not collateral or casual.     

Suheir Hammad

We ought never to trust to chance but when we cannot find a better surety.     

Norman Macdonald

A worried man could borrow a lot of trouble with practically no collateral.      

Helen Nielsen

Faith is the collateral of heaven. It is what you use to trade with in heaven.     

Phil Pringle

Collateral learning in the way of formation of enduring attitudes, of likes and dislikes, may be and often is much more important than the spelling lesson or lesson in geography or history that is learned.     

John Dewey

The business conduct of the disciples of wise men is truthful and faithful.... He does not allow himself to be made a surety or a guarantor and does not accept the power of attorney.... He lends money and is gracious. He shall not take away business from his fellow man.     


Free will always result in collateral damage.     

J. Lincoln Fenn

We are all collateral damage for someone's beautiful ideology, all of us inanimate in the face of the onslaught.     

Benjamin Alire Sáenz 

A man without debts is a man without anything to live for. Debt is collateral for life. It provides you with obligations to others, gives you duty, gives you purpose: the purpose to protect those possessions which you would not otherwise have without your debt. Debt is the most responsible way to elevate your social position.     


When lending people money, be sure their character exceeds their collateral.      

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Live within your means, never be in debt, and by husbanding your money you can always lay it out well. But when you get in debt you become a slave. Therefore I say to you never involve yourself in debt, and become no man's surety.     

Andrew Jackson

He who is surety is never sure himself. Take advice, and never be security for more than you are quite willing to lose. Remember the word of the wise man: He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it, and he that hateth suretyship is sure.     

Charles Spurgeon

Love is not a skill to be mastered; out of love the world came into being; love is a greater power we can't afford to buy; but yet we can afford to sacrifice it as collateral damage to the undeserving evils of this world.     

Wayne Chirisa

If in order to kill the enemy you have to kill an innocent, don't take the shot. Don't create more enemies than you take out by some immoral act.      

James Mattis

Age is not the enemy. Neither is the passage of time. It is the collateral damage ... that creates a problem for us.     

John Koessler

One must choose between obscurity with efficiency, and fame with its inevitable collateral of bluff.     

William McFee

Ruined land was accepted as the collateral damage of progress.     

Robin Wall Kimmerer