Promise Quotes

Science now finds itself in paradoxical strife with society: admired but mistrusted; offering hope for the future but creating ambiguous choice; richly supported yet unable to fulfill all its promise; boasting remarkable advances but criticized for not serving more directly the goals of society.

J. Michael Bishop

One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am a reluctant enthusiast... a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While its still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.

Edward Abbey

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.

H. L. Mencken

For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.


Love would never be a promise of a rose garden unless it is showered with light of faith, water of sincerity and air of passion.


All promise outruns performance.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nothing weights lighter than a promise.

German Proverb

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise.

William Dean Howells

For every promise, there is price to pay.

Jim Rohn

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain.

Arabian Proverb

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise.

Niccolo Machiavelli

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter to do something next summer; this is how commencement speakers are caught.

Sydney J. Harris

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.

Mohandas Gandhi

In the midst of great joy, do not promise anyone anything. In the midst of great anger, do not answer anyone's letter.

Chinese Proverb

Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

Jean Jacques Rousseau

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