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"A liar freely gives his oath" - Douglas Malloch

"An oath-the strongest of religious ties." - James Madison

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

"In lapidary inscriptions a man is not upon oath." - Samuel Johnson

"The Scout Oath and Law are our binding disciplinary force." - Baden Powell de Aquino

"There is no such thing as a lover's oath." - Plato

"My tongue swore, but my mind is not on oath." - Euripides

"No oath can be too binding for a lover." - Sophocles

"Took an oath, I'ma stick it out to the end." - Rihanna

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

"There is no such thing as a lovers' oath." - Plato

"The Hippocratic Oath says do no harm. It's the Hypocritical Oath that says do no harm to one's political future." - Mark Mckinnon

"The oath adds nothing to the obligation. For a covenant, if lawful, binds in the sight of God, without the oath, as much as with it; if unlawful, bindeth not at all, though it be confirmed with an oath." - Thomas Hobbes

"I took an oath of office to the Constitution, I didn't take an oath of office to my party or my president." - Chuck Hagel

"I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, and I'm concerned that voting for this [anti-terrorism] legislation fundamentally violates that oath." - Bernie Sanders

"He that imposes an oath makes it, Not he that for convenience takes it; Then how can any man be said To break an oath he never made?" - Samuel Butler (poet)

"When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God." - Mitt Romney

"The chief bond of the soldier is his oath of allegiance and love for the flag." - Seneca the Younger

"Unconfusion submits its confusion to proof; it's not a Herod's oath that cannot change." - Marianne Moore

"An oath, sir, is an end of all strife, and it is God's ordinance." - Anne Hutchinson

"God forbid that Judges upon their oath should make resolutions to enlarge jurisdiction." - William Cowper

"You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand" - Mother Jones

"America, not Keith Ellison, decides what book a congressman takes his oath on," - Dennis Prager

"Breaking his oath and resolution, like A twist of rotten silk." - William Shakespeare

"That each pull'd different ways with many an oath, Arcades ambo, id est - blackguards both." - Lord Byron

"The nations lift their right hands up and swear Their oath of freedom." - John Greenleaf Whittier

"No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Swear me, Kate, like a lady as thou art, A good mouth-filling oath." - William Shakespeare

"America never was America to me And yet I swear this oath - America will be!" - Langston Hughes

"It's a hard world, neighbors, if a man's oath must be his master." - John Dryden

"An oath that is not to bee made is not to be kept." - George Herbert

"[John Craske] painted like a man giving witness under oath to a wild story." - Sylvia Townsend Warner

"An oath is a promise-and a promise can be made regardless of feeling." - Veronica Rossi

"I swore under oath with the government not to give the whereabouts of my location." - George Thorogood

"Our marriage is dead, when the pleasure is fled: 'Twas pleasure first made it an oath." - John Dryden

"God forbid that Judges upon their oath should make resolutions to enlarge jurisdiction." - William Cowper, 1st Earl Cowper

"I have taken an oath in my heart to oppose communism until the day I die." - Eldridge Cleaver

"In the Olympic Oath, I ask for only one thing: sporting loyalty." - Pierre De Coubertin

"I represent the concept that pluralism is essential, union pluralism. I made an oath about this." - Lech Walesa

"Put more trust in nobility of character than in an oath." - Solon

"You know I took an oath to tell the truth when I took the witness stand." - Mary Harris Jones

"If ever I utter an oath again may my soul be blasted to eternal damnation!" - George Bernard Shaw

"Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath." - Solon

"You are also asked to take an oath, and that's the oath of service. The oath of service is not to secrecy, but to the Constitution - to protect it against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That's the oath that I kept, that James Clapper and former NSA director Keith Alexander did not. You raise your hand and you take the oath in your class when you are on board. All government officials are made to do it who work for the intelligence agencies - at least, that's where I took the oath." - Edward Snowden

"To require a citizen to sign a loyalty oath is to destroy some of the loyalty he could otherwise claim, since any subsequent loyal behavior may then be attributed to the oath." - B F Skinner

"When I took the Hippocratic oath and was effectively 'sworn in' as a doctor, I took the same vow that doctors have taken for generations. Patient autonomy is core to this oath." - Ami Bera

"When a man takes an oath... he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water." - Robert Bolt

"Sitting in a Court of law, I can receive no evidence but what comes under the sanction of an oath." - Sherrilyn Kenyon

"Figure a man's only good for one oath at a time. I took mine to the Confederate States of America." - Frank Nugent

"The claims of Christ are always on trial, and we remain under oath! We are his witnesses for truth." - Max Lucado

"OATH, n. In law, a solemn appeal to the Deity, made binding upon the conscience by a penalty for perjury." - Ambrose Bierce

"Bound by the Oath against lying, Aes Sedai [carry] the half-truth, the quarter-truth and the implication to arts." - Robert Jordan

"Poetry is a fossil rock-print of a fin and a wing, with an illegible oath between." - Carl Sandburg

"When I took the oath of office, I pledged loyalty to only one special interest group - "We the people"." - Ronald Reagan

"It is a great sin to swear unto a sin, But greater sin to keep a sinful oath." - William Shakespeare

"Or, having sworn too hard a keeping oath; Study to break it and not break my troth." - William Shakespeare

"You would for paradise break faith and troth; And Jove, for your live, would infringe an oath." - William Shakespeare

"I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Who shuns not to break one will sure crack both." - William Shakespeare

"For the marriage bed ordained by fate for men and women is stronger than an oath and guarded by Justice." - Aeschylus

"When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth," - Rafael Palmeiro

"Real faith never disappoints because it is in God, grounded on His character, promises, covenant and oath." - Aiden Wilson Tozer

"When I took the oath of office, I pledged loyalty to only one special interest group - 'We the people'." - Ronald Reagan

"I love the United States. I have applied for citizenship. I want to take the oath of allegiance on TV." - Craig Ferguson

"Refuse altogether to take an oath if you can, if not, as far as may be. (166)." - Epictetus

"It is great sin to swear unto a sin, But greater sin to keep a sinful oath." - William Shakespeare

"How small regard is had to the oath of God by men professing the name of God." - George Gillespie

"When I testified in front of Congress, I know that I was testifying under oath and I told the truth." - Rafael Palmeiro

"I survived only a year in Berkeley, partly because I declined to sign the anticommunist loyalty oath." - Jack Steinberger

"Sweet love! Sweet lines! Sweet life! Here is her hand, the agent of her heart; Here is her oath for love, her honour's pawn" - William Shakespeare

"An oath is a recognizance to heaven, binding us over in the courts above to plead to the indictment of our crimes." - Thomas Southerne

"When I leave the office on January 20th, I will leave even more idealistic than I was the day I took the oath of office." - William J Clinton

"you'd like the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. That must be the most futile oath anyone ever swears." - P D James

"Neither can oath nor promise bind any such people to obey and maintain tyrants against God and against his truth known." - John Knox

"Doctors take the Hippocratic Oath too seriously, as an imperative to do everything for the patient regardless of the cost or effects on others" - Ezekiel Emanuel

"Well, we've been lucky devils both And there is no need for a pledge or oath To bind our lovely friendship fast, By firmer stuff Close bound enough." - Robert Graves

"But listen to me first and swear an oath to use all your eloquence and strength to look after me and protect me." - Homer

"For so sworn good or evil an oath may not be broken and it shall pursue oathkeeper and oathbreaker to the world's end." - J R R Tolkien

""On my honor" - what an ennobling phrase! Three short words, nine letters, but the summation of all we call character. From the Boy Scout's Oath." - Ezra Taft Benson

"If there was an arrow speeding toward Will, I would be bound by oath to step in front of it.' 'Handy, that,' said Will." - Cassandra Clare

"Truthfulness under oath is, by now, a matter of our civic religion, our relation to our fellow citizens rather than our relation to a nonhuman power." - Richard Rorty

"I take the official oath to-day with no mental reservations and with no purpose to construe the Constitution by any hypercritical rules." - Abraham Lincoln

"... they found, in duke Ursini, Death's pale flags advanced in his cheeks, and he ready to take his oath to be Death's true liegeman." - Richard Johnson

"The Christian always swears a bloody oath that he will never do it again. The civilized man simply resolves to be a bit more careful next time." - H L Mencken

"The peaceful transfer of authority is rare in history, yet common in our country. With a simple oath, we affirm old traditions and make new beginnings." - George W Bush

"It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him." - William Shakespeare

"When a chivalrous man makes an oath, he is faithful to it, and when he attains power, he spares his enemy." - Muhammad Ali

"Disclaimer: If anyone disagrees with anything I say, I am quite prepared to not only retract it, but also to deny under oath I ever said it." - Tom Lehrer

"As Christians, we're under oath all the time. We're not always required to say everything we think or know, but we're always to speak as He did-truthfully." - David Jeremiah

"It is profoundly troubling when you have Supreme Court justices not following their judicial oath. And taking the role of policy makers and legislators, rather than being judges." - Ted Cruz

"The idea that we would operate and amputate healthy tissue from a baby, from an unconsenting minor, to supposedly prevent some hypothetical disease, goes against the Hippocratic oath." - James W. Loewen

"It's normally agreed that the question 'How are you?' doesn't put you on your oath to give a full or honest answer." - Christopher Hitchens

"A judge should be evaluated by whether he faithfully upholds his oath to God, not to the people, to the state or to the Constitution." - Clarence Thomas

"All secret oath-bound political parties are dangerous to any nation, no matter how pure or how patriotic the motives and principles which first bring them together." - Ulysses S Grant

"When I take the oath of office next year [2017] I will restore law and order to America. Believe me, believe me." - Donald Trump

"Well, we've been lucky devils both And there is no need for a pledge or oath To bind our lovely friendship fast, By firmer stuff Close bound enough." - Robert Graves

"Well, we've been lucky devils both And there is no need for a pledge or oath To bind our lovely friendship fast, By firmer stuff Close bound enough." - Robert Graves

"The first thing [Donald Trump] does on January 20th is take an oath to defend and adhere to the Constitution of the United States." - Chuck Todd

"O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath - America will be!" - Langston Hughes

"Solon gave the following advice: Consider your honour, as a gentleman, of more weight than an oath. Never tell a lie. Pay attention to matters of importance." - Diogenes Laertius

"It is better to be charged with cowardice and weakness than to be guilty of denial of our oath and sin against God." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The voting records of virtually every member of Congress reveal that the oath of office is more a ceremonial gesture than a sacred commitment." - Tom Coburn

"When an oath is taken ... the mind is more attentive; for it guards against two things, the reproach of friends and offence against the gods." - Sophocles

"He who cheats with an oath acknowledges that he is afraid of his enemy, but that he thinks little of God." - Plutarch

"Make this the golden rule, the equivalent of the Hippocratic oath: Everything we ask a child to do should be worth doing." - Philip Pullman

"To paraphrase Winston Churchill, I did not take the oath I have just taken with the intention of presiding over the dissolution of the world's strongest economy." - Ronald Reagan

"I feel badly for the people who suffer from the side effects and consequences of hazardous pharmaceuticals. It's antithetical to the Hippocratic oath." - Chris Kilham

"The time has come to formulate guidelines for the ethical conduct of scientist, perhaps in the form of a voluntary Hippocratic Oath." - Joseph Rotblat

"The president of the United States, on Inauguration Day, takes an oath to faithfully execute the laws. Those are the laws that are passed by Congress." - Jim Sensenbrenner

"Look, if America - if being an American means anything, it means not having to lie under oath, not even for the president." - Linda Tripp

"Tonight - by taking this solemn oath - I am no longer a private citizen but the Mayor of the City of Chicago." - Jane Byrne

"I took an oath to protect the people of Arizona, and that's what I'm going to do. I'm going to keep pushing in that direction." - Jan Brewer

"But then, so far as I know, I am the only performer who ever pledged his assistants to secrecy, honor and allegiance under a notarial oath." - Harry Houdini

"Human cruelty took the form of a pact with the deity. A solemn oath was made to kill everything, in which people forbade themselves any display of reason or compassion. A city or a land was devoted to destruction and it was believed an insult to God if one did not observe the abominable oath." - Ernest Renan

"I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. My oath of office is to protect and defend America's laws and its people. By refusing unlawful orders for an illegal war, I fulfill that oath today." - Ehren Watada

"In a thousand words I can have the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm, the Hippocratic Oath, a sonnet by Shakespeare, the Preamble to the Constitution, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and almost all of the Boy Scout Oath. Now exactly what picture were you planning to trade for all that?" - Roy H Williams

"You have just taken an oath of allegiance to the United States. Of allegiance to whom? Of allegiance to no one, unless it be God. Certainly not of allegiance to those who temporarily represent this great government. You have taken an oath of allegiance to a great ideal, to a great body of principles, to a great hope of the human race." - Woodrow Wilson

"Before they went on vacation, Congress voted to exempt themselves from Obamacare. They gave themselves a special exemption because they thought it was too expensive. So the people who voted for Obamacare for us voted to exempt themselves from it. You know how doctors take the Hippocratic Oath. Congress apparently takes the 'Hypocritic Oath.'" - Jay Leno

"When I place my hand on the Bible and take the oath of office, that oath becomes my highest promise to God. If I am fortunate to become your president, I will serve no one religion, no one group, no one cause, and no one interest. A President must serve only the common cause of the people of the United States." - Mitt Romney

"Lying under oath, and encouraging lies under oath, does go to the very heart and soul of what courts do. If we say we don't care, let's forget about courts, and we'll just have other ways of figuring out how to handle disputes." - Kenneth Starr

"While I continue to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot!" - Hippocrates

"Whether it's possible or not, being a doctor, you take an oath. To care for your patient, not to kill them. You take an oath to do things that are proper in the medical world. Not to administer something outside of a hospital setting that's not even your area." - Jermaine Jackson

"The oath of renunciation and allegiance is a solemn vow taken by thousands of immigrants each year to become a United States citizen. The oath is the fundamental statement of allegiance to the United States, and this allegiance is what unites America." - Jim Ryun

"Lying under oath, and encouraging lies under oath, does go to the very heart and soul of what courts do. If we say we don't care, let's forget about courts, and we'll just have other ways of figuring out how to handle disputes." - Ken Starr

"'Liar' is just as ugly a word as 'thief,' because it implies the presence of just as ugly a sin in one case as in the other. If a man lies under oath or procures the lie of another under oath, if he perjures himself or suborns perjury, he is guilty under the statute law." - Theodore Roosevelt

"I also wish that the Pledge of Allegiance were directed at the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, as it is when the President takes his oath of office, rather than to the flag and the nation" - Carl Sagan

"A new oath holds pretty well; but... when it is become old, and frayed out, and damaged by a dozen annual retryings of its remains, it ceases to be serviceable; any little strain will snap it." - Mark Twain

"Remembering that Peter denied his Lord with an oath, after most solemnly protesting that he never would, I will not swear I will make no committals; but I do think I will not." - Abraham Lincoln

"Be brave and upright that God may love thee; speak the truth always, even if it leads to your death; safeguard the helpless and do no wrong. That is your oath." - Balian of Ibelin

"The accusing spirit, which flew up to heaven's chancery with the oath, blushed as he gave it in; and the recording angel as he wrote it down dropped a tear upon the word and blotted it out forever." - Laurence Sterne

"Davy lets fly an oath and storms out of the hold. We hear his fist hit the wall as he leaves. you really are an evil girl, says Jaimy. I know, I murmur. I shall have to pay." - L.A. Meyer

"[Mullah Omar] gave himself this religious title. So it was something that all those people there who swore an oath of loyalty to him as a religious leader could not easily get rid of." - Ahmed Rashid

"When he (Richard Nixon) took the oath of office, he pledged to be the president for 100% of the people, and I challenge the president to prove that he is being the president for 100% of the people." - Jackie Robinson

"When the magistrate says 'That's not a good enough reason my man.' He said 'Excuse me, could I ask you? Have you taken an oath of allegiance to the Monarch?" - Anthony Holden

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call To storm or fire the world must fall An oath to keep with a final breath and foes bear arms to the doors of death" - Rick Riordan

"My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I"ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol-to do what I believe is best for America." - Barack Obama

"We lov'd, and we lov'd as long as we could Til our love was lov'd out in us both; But our marriage is dead, when the pleasure has fled: 'Twas pleasure that made it an oath." - John Dryden

"Therefore confess thee freely of thy sin; For to deny each article with oath Cannot remove nor choke the strong conception That I do groan withal. Thou art to die." - William Shakespeare

"Within this wall of flesh There is a soul counts thee her creditor, And with advantage means to pay thy love; And, my good friend, thy voluntary oath Lives in this bosom, dearly cherished." - William Shakespeare

"Your flaming torch aloft we bear, With burning heart an oath we swear To keep the faith, to fight it through, To crush the foe or sleep with you In Flanders' fields." - Charles Burleigh Galbreath

"Of all men, a philosopher should be no swearer; for an oath, which is the end of controversies in law, cannot determine any here, where reason only must induce." - Thomas Browne

"An oath! why, it is the traffic of the soul, it is law within a man; the seal of faith, the bond of every conscience; unto whom we set our thoughts like hands." - Thomas Dekker

"You may as well Forbid the sea for to obey the moon, As, or by oath, remove, or counsel, shake The fabric of his folly, whose foundation Is pil'd upon his faith." - William Shakespeare

"I do feel ashamed of having participated to the slightest even as a tool in those dark days. But I was obliged to serve the state to which I had taken an oath. It was a tragic fate." - Walther Funk

"I feel badly for the people who suffer from the side effects and consequences of hazardous pharmaceuticals. It's antithetical to the Hippocratic Oath. I want to see people use safe, practical medicines." - Chris Kilham

"Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible." - Jamie Raskin

"Whatever one's religion in his private life may be, for the officeholder, nothing takes precedence over his oath to uphold the Constitution and all its parts - including the First Amendment and the strict separation of church and state." - John F Kennedy

"Anyone who has taken the oath I have just taken must feel a heavy weight of responsibility. If not, he has no conception of the powers and duties of the office." - William Howard Taft

"A kiss, when all is said, what is it? An oath that's given closer than before; A promise more precise; the sealing of Confessions that till then were barely breathed; A rosy dot placed on the i in loving." - Edmond Rostand

"To place any dependence upon Militia, is, assuredly, resting upon a broken staff ... If I was called upon to declare upon Oath , whether the Militia have been most serviceable or hurtful upon the whole; I should subscribe to the latter." - George Washington

"My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I've had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol-to do what I believe is best for America." - Barack Obama



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