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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