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Promises are commitments by someone to do or not do something. In the law of contract, an exchange of promises is usually held to be legally enforceable, according to the Latin maxim pacta sunt servanda.


Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 636.
  • Promise is most given when the least is said.
  • Promettre c'est donner, espérer c'est jouir.
  • You never bade me hope, 'tis true;
    I asked you not to swear:
    But I looked in those eyes of blue,
    And read a promise there.
  • Giants in
    Their promises, but those obtained, weak pigmies
    In their performance.
  • His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
    But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
  • And be these juggling fiends no more believ'd,
    That palter with us in a double sense:
    That keep the word of promise to our ear,
    And break it to our hope.
  • There buds the promise of celestial worth.

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