|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
|Promise is most given when the least is said.|
George ChapmanTrans. of MususHero and Leander. L. 234.
|Promettre cest donner, espérer cest jouir.|
To promise is to give, to hope is to enjoy.
|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 GriffinYou Never Bade Me Hope.
| We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.|
La RochefoucauldMaxims. No. 39.
| Giants in|
Their promises, but those obtained, weak pigmies
In their performance.
MassingerGreat Duke. Act II. Sc. 3.
|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.
|His promises were, as he then was, mighty;|
But his performance, as he is now, nothing.
Henry VIII. Act IV. Sc. 2. L. 41.
|And be these juggling fiends no more believd,|
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.
|There buds the promise of celestial worth.|
YoungThe Last Day. Bk. III. L. 317.