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"A liar is full of oaths." - Pierre Corneille

"I write a woman's oaths in water." - Sophocles

"Eggs and oaths are easily broken." - Proverbs

"Liars are always ready to take oaths." - Vittorio Alfieri

"A liar is always lavish of oaths." - Pierre Corneille

"Oaths are the fossils of piety." - George Santayana

"Oaths are not the credit of men but men of oaths." - Aeschylus

"Rash oaths, whether kept or broken, frequently produce guilt." - Samuel Johnson

"Recognized probity is the surest of all oaths." - Suzanne Curchod

"Oaths are but words, and words but wind." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"With a bloody flux of oaths vows deep revenge." - Francis Quarles

"The oaths of a woman I inscribe on water." - Sophocles

"Oaths are but words, and words are but wind." - Samuel Butler

"I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness, Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy; I have sworn thee fair." - William Shakespeare

"For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And hold-fast is the only dog." - William Shakespeare

"This is what we are made for: promises, pledges, and sworn oaths of obedience." - Lauren Oliver

"What makes the breaking of all oaths A holy duty? - food and clothes." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Oaths are the counterfeit money with which we pay the sacrifice of love." - Ninon de L'Enclos

"What use of oaths, of promise, or of test, where men regard no God but interest?" - Edmund Waller

"A liar is always lavish of oaths. [Fr., Un menteur est toujours prodigue de serments.]" - Pierre Corneille

"First of all, Jesus clearly tells us not to swear oaths." - Tripp York

"Married love between man and woman is bigger than oaths guarded by right of nature." - Aeschylus

"I say you must not win an unjust case by oaths." - Aeschylus

"Oaths and curses are a proof of a most heroic courage, at least in appearance, which answers the same end." - Mary Collyer

"When a gentlemen is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths." - William Shakespeare

"Tis not the many oaths that make the truth, But the plain single vow that is vowed true." - William Shakespeare

"Trust none; For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, And Hold-fast is the only dog, my duck." - William Shakespeare

"We swore sacred oaths to be strong and to save the planet and to be friends forever." - Laurie Halse Anderson

"Tis not the many oaths that make the truth; But the plain single vow, that is vow'd true." - William Shakespeare

"Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths . . . ?" - George Washington

"Those who take oaths to politically powerful secret societies cannot be depended on for loyalty to a democratic republic." - John Quincy Adams

"That other principle of Lysander, 'That children are to be deceived with comfits, and men with oaths'." - Francis Bacon

"God pardon all oaths that are broke to me! God keep all vows unbroke are made to thee!" - William Shakespeare

"Do not give dalliance too much rein; the strongest oaths are straw to the fire in the blood." - William Shakespeare

"And then a whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing, as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure." - William Shakespeare

"Oaths were not purpos'd, more than law, To keep the Good and Just in awe, But to confine the Bad and Sinful, Like mortal cattle in a penfold." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"Nay, but weigh well what you presume to swear, Oaths are of dreadful weight! and, if they are false, Draw down damnation." - Thomas Overbury

"Language cannot describe the scene that followed; the shouts, oaths, frantic gestures, taunts, replies, and little fights; and therefore I shall not attempt it." - Augustus Baldwin Longstre

"Language cannot describe the scene that followed; the shouts, oaths, frantic gestures, taunts, replies, and little fights; and therefore I shall not attempt it." - Augustus Baldwin Longstreet

"When thou dost tell another's jest, therein Omit the oaths, which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin." - George Herbert

"A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?" - William Shakespeare

"The Four Oaths: Never be late with respect to the way of the warrior; be useful to the lord; be respectful to your parents; get beyond love and grief: exist for the good of man." - Yamamoto Tsunetomo

"His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles; his love sincere, his thoughts immaculate; his tears pure messengers sent from his heart; his heart as far from fraud, as heaven from earth" - William Shakespeare

"I have perceived much beauty In the hoarse oaths that kept our courage straight; Heard music in the silentness of duty; Found peace where shell-storms spouted reddest spate." - Wilfred Owen

"I wonder what the High Septon would have to say about the sanctity of oaths sworn while dead drunk, chained to a wall, with a sword pressed to your chest?" - George R R Martin

"Such an act That blurs the grace and blush of modesty; Calls virtue hypocrite; takes off the rose From the fair forehead of an innocent love, And sets a blister there; makes marriage vows As false as dicers' oaths." - William Shakespeare

"He understood how dangerous oaths could be. But Leo didn't care. "I'm coming back for you, Calypso," he said to the night wind. "I swear it on the River Styx." - Rick Riordan

"When perjury, that heaven-defying vice, Sells oaths by tale, and at the lowest price, Stamps God's own name upon a lie just made, To turn a penny in the way of trade." - William Cowper

"Beware of drunkenness, lest all good men beware of thee; where drunkenness reigns, there reason is an exile, virtue a stranger, God an enemy; blasphemy is wit, oaths are rhetoric, and secrets are proclamations." - Francis Quarles

"When them dost tell another's jest, therein Omit the oaths which true wit cannot need; Pick out of tales the mirth, but not the sin; He pares his apple that will cleanly feed." - George Herbert

"But truer stars did govern Proteus' birth; His words are bonds, his oaths are oracles, His love sincere, his thoughts immaculate, His tears pure messengers sent from his heart, His heart as far from fraud as heaven from earth." - William Shakespeare

"They fix attention, heedless of your pain, With oaths like rivets forced into the brain; And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout, They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt." - William Cowper

"Then a soldier, Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth." - William Shakespeare

"They fix attention, heedless of your pain, With oaths like rivets forced into the brain; And e'en when sober truth prevails throughout, They swear it, till affirmance breeds a doubt." - William Cowper

"Truth is the band of union and the basis of human happiness. Without this virtue there is no reliance upon language, no confidence in friendship, no security in promises and oaths." - Jeremy Collier

"As to the state, from my point of view, the measure of a writer's patriotism is not oaths from a high platform, but how he writes in the language of the people among whom he lives ." - Joseph Brodsky

"I may be a little old-fashioned, but I actually believe that if you live and work in our house and you work on our payroll and you take oaths, then integrity matters in elections." - Matthew Dowd

"I would never have surrendered, because of my pledge as a German officer. But when Hitler died, that pledge ended. By killing himself, Hitler saved thousands of lives. They relieved us of our oaths as soldiers." - Otto Skorzeny

"Then, a soldier, Full of strange oaths, and bearded like the pard, Jealous in honour, sudden, and quick in quarrel, Seeking the bubble reputation Even in the cannon's mouth." - William Shakespeare

"The divinity of Jesus is made a convenient cover for absurdity. Nowhere in the Gospels do we find a precept for Creeds, Confessions, Oaths, Doctrines, and whole carloads of other foolish trumpery that we find in Christianity." - John Adams

"I never yet feared those men who set a place apart in the middle of their cities where they gather to cheat one another and swear oaths which they break." - Herodotus

"Every profession will have its rogues, of course, no matter what oaths are sworn, but many health care professionals have a real commitment to serving the best interests of their clients." - Peter Singer

"A band is not a marriage. There are no oaths of allegiance. If you feel your life will be better served by splitting up the group, you've got to do it - but of course it does cause problems." - Steve Winwood

"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings." - John F Kennedy

"The present system of taking oaths is horrible. It is awfully absurd to make a man invoke God's wrath upon himself, if he speaks false; it is, in my judgment, a sin to do so." - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

"I am to consider the many advantages arising from a frequent use of oaths, curses, and imprecations. In the first place, this genteel accomplishment is a wonderful help to discourse; as it supplies the want of good sense, learning, and eloquence. The illiterate and stupid, by the help of oaths, become orators; and he, whose wretched intellects would not permit him to utter a coherent sentence, by this easy practice, excites the laughter, and fixes the attention, of a brilliant and joyous circle." - Mary Collyer

"We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny. . . . The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witch hunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist." - E B White

"Yet the arts of Severus cannot be justified by the most ample privileges of state reason. He promised only to betray; he flattered only to ruin; and however he might occasionally bind himself by oaths and treaties, his conscience, obsequious to his interest, always released him from the inconvenient obligation." - Edward Gibbon

"Few white citizens are acquainted with blacks other than those projected by the media and the so-called educational system, whichis nothing more than a system of rewards and punishments based upon one's ability to pledge loyalty oaths to Anglo culture. The media and the "educational system" are the prime sources of racism in the United States." - Ishmael Reed

"Something about first love defies duplication. Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten. After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. When it ends, no amount of scrubbing will purge the scrawled oaths and sketched images, but sooner or later, you find that there's space for someone else, between the words and in the margins." - Tammara Webber

"Whoever considers the number of absurd and ridiculous oaths necessary to be taken at present in most countries, on being admitted into any society or profession whatever, will be less surprised to find prevarication still prevailing, where perjury has led the way." - Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

"If I were to disclose all their rituals, I think that it would be easy to prove that witches are not diabolists; but the oaths are solemn and the witches are my friends. I would not want to hurt their feelings. They have secrets which to them are sacred. They have good reason for their secrecy." - Gerald Gardner

"Those are not at all to be tolerated who deny the being of God. Promises, covenants, and oaths, which are the bonds of human society, can have no hold upon an atheist. The taking away of God, though but even in thought, dissolves all." - John Locke

"The bottom line is that if politicians weren't in the business of granting favors and exacting tribute, every single issue surrounding campaign finance reform would be irrelevant. After all, why would anyone spend money for influence, access, favors and tribute if the only thing that politicians do is to live up to their oaths to uphold and defend the Constitution?" - Walter E. Williams

"They more or less came in with cap and knee, Met him in boroughs, cities, villages; Attended him on bridges, stood on lanes, Laid gifts before him, proffer'd him their oaths, Gave him their heirs: as pages follow'd him, Even at his heels, in golden multitudes." - William Shakespeare

"No man takes or keeps a vow, But just as he sees others do; Nor are they 'blig'd to be so brittle As not to yield and bow a little: For as best temper'd blades are found, Before they break, to bend quite round; So truest oaths are still more tough, And tho' they bow, are breaking proof." - Samuel Butler (poet)

"I have heard they are the most lewd impostors, Made of all terms and shreds, no less beliers Of great men's favours than their own vile medicines, Which they will utter upon monstrous oaths; Selling that drug for two pence ere they part, Which they have valued at twelve crowns before." - Ben Jonson

"Something about first love defies duplication. Before it, your heart is blank. Unwritten. After, the walls are left inscribed and graffitied. When it ends, no amount of scrubbing will purge the scrawled oaths and sketched images, but sooner or later, you find that there's space for someone else, between the words and in the margins." - Tammara Webber

"There are few things sweeter in this world than the guileless, hotheaded, intemperate, open admiration of a junior. Even a woman in her blindest devotion does not fall into the gait of the man she adores, tilt her bonnet to the angle at which he wears his hat, or interlard her speech with his pet oaths." - Rudyard Kipling

"[About the demand of the Board of Regents of the University of California that professors sign non-Communist loyalty oaths or lose their jobs within 65 days.] No conceivable damage to the university at the hands of hypothetical Communists among us could possibly have equaled the damage resulting from the unrest, ill-will and suspicion engendered by this series of events." - Joel Henry Hildebrand

"A very little boy stood upon a heap of gravel for the honour of Rum Alley. He was throwing stones at howling urchins from Devil's Row, who were circling madly about the heap and pelting him. His infantile countenance was livid with the fury of battle. His small body was writhing in the delivery of oaths." - Stephen Crane

"In our laws...by the oath which they prescribe, we appeal to the Supreme Being so to deal with us hereafter as we observe the obligation of our oaths. The Pagan world...are without the mighty influence of this principle which is proclaimed in the Christian system." - Rufus King

"Abortion is not a theological problem, it is a human problem, it is a medical problem. You kill one person to save another, in the best case scenario. Or to live comfortably, no? It's against the Hippocratic oaths doctors must take." - Pope Francis

"Thousands of Americans have given their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq upholding their oaths and defending this nation. Chelsea Manning broke her oath and made it more likely that others would join the ranks of her fallen comrades. Her prison sentence may end in a few months' [time], but her dishonor will last forever." - John Mccain

"We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny... The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witchhunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist." - E B White

"Priests, she insisted, could not sin. It was a thing impossible. Everything that they did, and wished, was of course right. She hoped I would see the reasonableness and duty of the oaths I was to take, and be faithful to them." - Maria Monk

"One man affirms that he has rode post a hundred miles in six hours; probably it is a lie; but supposing it to be true, what then? Why, he is a very good post-boy; that is all. Another asserts, and probably not without oaths, that he has drunk six or eight bottles of wine at a sitting; out of charity I will believe him a liar; for if I do not, I must think him a beast." - Lord Chesterfield

"Christian socialism"). This is a difficult concept for modern liberals to grasp because they are used to thinking of the progressives as the people who cleaned up the food supply, pushed through the eight hour workday, and ended child labor. But liberals often forget that the progressives were imperialists, at home and abroad. They were the authors of Prohibition, the Palmer Raids, eugenics, loyalty oaths, and, in its modern incarnation, what many call "state capitalism." - Jonah Goldberg

"Daughters are' to be independent. They"re not to act outside the scope ?of their father. As long as they"re under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters ca' just go out ?independently and say, "I'm going to marry whoever I want." No. The father has ?the ability to say, "No, I'm sorry, that has to be approved by me."" - Doug Phillips

"Hermes's shoulders sagged. "They'll try, Percy. Oh, we'll all try to keep our promise. And maybe for a while things will get better. But we gods have never been good at keeping oaths. You were born because of a broken promise, eh? Eventually we'll become forgetful. We always do." "You can change." Hermes laughed. "After three thousand years, you think the gods can change their nature?" "Yeah," I said. "I do." - Rick Riordan

"Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, We have done it ourselves." - Lao Tzu

"They were offered the choice between becoming kings or the couriers of kings. The way children would, they all wanted to be couriers. Therefore there are only couriers who hurry about the world, shouting to each other - since there are no kings - messages that have become meaningless. They would like to put an end to this miserable life of theirs but they dare not because of their oaths of service." - Franz Kafka

"Doth some one say that there be gods above? There are not; no, there are not. Let no fool, Led by the old false fable, thus deceive you. Look at the facts themselves, yielding my words No undue credence: for I say that kings Kill, rob, break oaths, lay cities waste by fraud, And doing thus are happier than those Who live calm pious lives day after day All divinity Is built-up from our good and evil luck." - Euripides

"Daughters aren't to be independent. They're not to act outside the scope ?of their father. As long as they're under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters can't just go out ?independently and say, 'I'm going to marry whoever I want.' No. The father has ?the ability to say, 'No, I'm sorry, that has to be approved by me.'" - Doug Phillips

"Of the best rulers, The people only know that they exist; the next best they love and praise the next they fear; and the next they revile. When they do not command the people's faith, some will lose faith in them, and then they resort to oaths! But of the best when their task is accomplished, their work done, the people all remark, We have done it ourselves." - Laozi

"When we think how narrow and devious this path of nature is, how dimly we can trace it, for all our lamps of science, and how from the darkness which girds it round great and terrible possibilities loom ever shadowly upwards, it is a bold and a confident man who will put a limit to the strange by-oaths into which the human spirit may wander." - Arthur Conan Doyle

"Let it simply be asked where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation deserts the oaths, which are the instruments of investigation in the Courts of Justice? And let us with caution indulge the opposition, that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that National morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle." - George Washington

"Daughters aren't to be independent. They're not to act outside the scope of their father. As long as they're under the authority of their fathers, fathers have the ability to nullify or not the oaths and the vows. Daughters can't just go out independently and say, 'I'm going to marry whoever I want.' No. The father has the ability to say, 'No, I'm sorry, that has to be approved by me.'" - Doug Phillips

"Thus, experience has ever shown, that education, as well as religion, aristocracy, as well as democracy and monarchy, are, singly, totally inadequate to the business of restraining the passions of men, of preserving a steady government, and protecting the lives, liberties, and properties of the people . . . . Religion, superstition, oaths, education, laws, all give way before passions, interest, and power, which can be resisted only by passions, interest, and power." - John Adams

"1. Fidelity & Allegiance sworn to ye King is only such a fidelity and obedience as is due to him by ye law of ye land; for were that faith and allegiance more than what the law requires, we would swear ourselves slaves, and ye King absolute; whereas, by the law, we are free men, notwithstanding those Oaths. 2. When, therefore, the obligation by the law to fidelity and allegiance ceases, that by the Oath also ceases..." - Isaac Newton

"There is an utterance of Necessity, an ancient decree of the gods, eternal, sealed fast with broad oaths: whenever any one defiles his body sinfully with bloody gore or perjures himself in regard to wrong-doing, one of those spirits who are heir to long life, thrice ten thousand seasons shall he wander apart from the blessed, being born meantime in all sorts of mortal forms, changing one bitter path of life for another." - Empedocles

"Those without the gate frequently question the wisdom and right of the occultist to guard his knowledge by the imposition of oaths of secrecy. We are so accustomed to see the scientist give his beneficent discoveries freely to all mankind that we feel that humanity is wronged and defrauded if any knowledge be kept secret by its discoverers and not at once made available for all who desire to share in it. The knowledge is reserved in order that humanity may be protected from its abuse at the hands of the unscrupulous." - Dion Fortune

"How odd that Americans, and not just their presidents, have come to think of their Constitution as something separable from the government it's supposed to constitute. In theory, it should be as binding on rulers as the laws of physics are on engineers who design bridges; in practice, its axioms have become mere options. Of course engineers don't have to take oaths to respect the law of gravity; reality gives them no choice. Politics, as we see, makes all human laws optional for politicians." - Joseph Sobran

"The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it." - John F Kennedy



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