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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Promises
 
Promise is most given when the least is said.
        George Chapman—Trans. of Musœus—Hero and Leander. L. 234.
  1
Promettre c’est donner, espérer c’est jouir.
  To promise is to give, to hope is to enjoy.
        Delille—Jardins. I.
  2
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.
        Gerald Griffin—You Never Bade Me Hope.
  3
  We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
        La Rochefoucauld—Maxims. No. 39.
  4
          Giants in
Their promises, but those obtained, weak pigmies
In their performance.
        Massinger—Great Duke. Act II. Sc. 3.
  5
Thy promises are like Adonis’ gardens
That one day bloomed and fruitful were the next.
        Henry VI. Pt. I. Act I. Sc. 6. L. 6.
  6
His promises were, as he then was, mighty;
But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
        Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 41.
  7
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.
        Macbeth. Act V. Sc. 8. L. 19.
  8
There buds the promise of celestial worth.
        Young—The Last Day. Bk. III. L. 317.
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