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Robert Christy, comp.  Proverbs, Maxims and Phrases of All Ages.  1887.
 
Oath
 
A true word needs no oath.  Turkish.  1
An oath and an egg are soon broken.  German.  2
An unlawful oath is better broken than kept.  3
He keeps his oath as a dog does his fast.  German.  4
It is a great sin to swear unto a sin,
But greater sin to keep a sinful oath.  Shakespeare.
  5
Oaths are but words and words but wind.  Butler.  6
’Tis not the many oaths that make the truth,
But the plain, single vow that is vowed true.  Shakespeare.
  7
To keep that oath were more impiety
Than Jeptha’s, when he sacrificed his daughter.  Shakespeare.
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