PROMISES QUOTES

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Promises quote

Many clouds do not always produce heavy showers, neither do the hasty promises of fickle men yield us much good.

WILLIAM SCOTT DOWNEY, Proverbs

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The promises we break are usually such as we are most forward in making.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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There is something so ludicrous in promises of good or threats of evil a great way off as to render the whole subject with which they are connected easily turned into ridicule.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech, February 22, 1842

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Promise was a pretty maid,
But being poor she died unwed.

GEORGE ELIOT, Middlemarch

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Never raise expectations in others that you cannot realize: promise is less pleasing than disappointment is vexatious.

NORMAN MACDONALD, Maxims and Moral Reflections

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How sad they are,
the promises we never return to.
They stay in our mouths,
roughen the tongue, lead lives of their own.

JANE HIRSHFIELD, "Autumn Quince"

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The promises we make to ourselves are the things that assure us we have the capacity to keep our promises to others.

MARY ANNE RADMACHER, Live With Intention

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Promises are like fortune's shadows.

EDWARD COUNSEL, Maxims

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You say you'll give me
Eyes in a moon of blindness
A river in a time of dryness
A harbor in the tempest

But all the promises we make
From the cradle to the grave
When all I want is you

U2, "All I Want Is You"

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People with good intentions make promises. People with good character keep them.

ANONYMOUS

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As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do.

GEORGETTE HEYER, Venetia

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I am stuffing your mouth with your
promises and watching
you vomit them out upon my face

ANNE SEXTON, "Killing the Love", 45 Mercy Street

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Promises and pie-crusts are made to be broken.

JONATHAN SWIFT, "Polite Conversation", The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift

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We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN, speech at the first Republican state convention of Illinois, May 29, 1856

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The man who is most slow in promising is most sure to keep his word.

JEAN JACQUES ROUSSEAU, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Anyone can be rich in promises.

OVID, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Liars make the best promises.

PIERCE BROWN, Golden Son

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In a world where vows are worthless. Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.

CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Lullaby

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Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them.... But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.

JOHN GREEN, The Fault in Our Stars

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A promise against law or duty is void in its own nature; if it be just, I promised it; if unjust, I only said it.

AGESILAUS II, attributed, Day's Collacon

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