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Promises are Debts and a Man's Word is his Blood Line

The worse person in this world is one who does not keep his promise.  If you give your word, ethically you must keep it.  Nothing harms a soul more than the broken promise to a sick person.  What you speak, you must keep.

Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver. ~Author Unknown


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


Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made. ~Edgar Watson Howe


We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. ~François VI de la Rochefoucault


Oaths are but words, and words but wind. ~Samuel Butler


To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. ~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876


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


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


When a man takes an oath... he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then — he needn't hope to find himself again. ~Robert Bolt


Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it. ~Norman Douglas


Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


All promise outruns performance. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


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


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


He loses his thanks who promises and delays. ~Proverb


Promise is most given when the least is said. ~George Chapman


Eggs and oaths are easily broken. ~Danish Proverb


Nothing weights lighter than a promise. ~German Proverb


A promise made is a debt unpaid. ~Robert Service


Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken. ~Jonathan Swift


An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise. ~William Dean Howells


Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. ~Denis Waitley


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


For every promise, there is price to pay. ~Jim Rohn


The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. ~William Lyon MacKenzie


Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day. ~German Proverb


One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises that one makes. ~Friedrich Nietzsche


Better break your word than do worse in keeping it. ~Thomas Fuller


Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. ~William Hazlitt


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


Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. ~Edmund Burke


Oaths are the fossils of piety. ~George Santayana


Vote for the man who promises least; he'll be the least disappointing. ~Bernard M. Baruch


Let God's promises shine on your problems. ~Corrie Ten Boom


Promises make debt, and debt makes promises. ~Dutch Proverb


A promise is a comfort for a fool. ~Proverb


He was ever precise in promise-keeping. ~William Shakespeare


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