An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.


Aeschylus (525-456 BC, Greek dramatist)


Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


When a man takes an oath, Meg, he's holding his ownself in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then -- he needn't hope to find himself again.


Robert Bolt (American author)


If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.


Norman Douglas (1868-1952, British author)


The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday -- but never jam today.


Lewis Carroll (1832-1898, British writer, mathematician)


Promise is most given when the least is said.


George Chapman (1557-1634, British dramatist, translator, poet)


All promise outruns performance.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


He is poor indeed who can promise nothing.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


He is poor indeed who can promise nothing.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them.


Thomas Fuller (1608-1661, British clergyman, author)


Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.


William Hazlitt (1778-1830, British essayist)


Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Most of us are pretty good at keeping promises to others and pretty bad at keeping promises to ourselves.


Lawrence LeShan


A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


It is useless to hold a person to anything he says while he is in love, drunk, or running for office.


Shirley MacLaine (1934-, American actress)


The promises of this world are, for the most part, vain phantoms; and to confide in one's self, and become something of worth and value is the best and safest course.


Michelangelo (1474-1564, Italian renaissance painter, sculptor)


God never made a promise that was too good to be true.


Dwight L. Moody (1837-1899, American evangelist)


Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.


Norman Vincent Peale (1898-1993, American Christian reformed pastor, speaker, author)


In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Eggs and oaths are easily broken.


Danish Proverb (Sayings of Danish origin)


Do not be in a hurry to tie what you cannot untie.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Nothing weights lighter than a promise.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


Those that are slowest in making a promise are the most faithful at performing it.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


A promise made is a debt unpaid.


Robert W. Service (1874-1958, British poet)


It is the purpose that makes strong the vow; But vows to every purpose must not hold.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Between today and tomorrow are graves, and between promising and fulfilling are chasms.


Author Unknown


He loses his thanks who promises and delays.


Author Unknown


No pillows so soft as God's Promise.


Author Unknown


There are no greater promisers than those who have nothing to give.


Author Unknown


One promises much, to avoid giving little.


Marquis De Vauvenargues (1715-1747, French moralist)


Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


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