Promises Proverbs

By | February 3, 2017

Sayings about Promises

Better a friendly refusal than an unwilling promise. ~German Proverb

Don’t promise something when you are full of joy; don’t answer letters when you are full of anger. ~ Chinese Proverb

Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day. ~ German Proverb

Promises make debt, and debt makes promises. ~ Dutch Proverb

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

From the promise to the deed is a day’s journey. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

When a man repeats a promise again and again, he means to fail you. ~ Traditional Proverb

The world has not made a promise to anybody. ~ African Proverb

Promise little and do a lot. ~ Hebrew Proverb

We make big promises to avoid little presents. ~ French Proverb

A promise is a cloud; fulfillment is rain. ~ Arabian Proverb

The day cuts off the promise of the night. ~ Egyptian Proverbs

He loses his thanks who promises and delays. ~ Traditional Proverb

The day will wipe out all the promises of the night. ~ Iraqi Proverb

Many promises impair confidence. ~ Latin Proverbs

Never promise a poor person, and never owe a rich one. ~ Brazilian Proverbs

Don’t expect from others what you can’t promise them yourself. ~ Chinese Proverb

God promises a safe landing but not a calm passage. ~ Bulgarian Proverb

Eggs and promises are easily broken. ~ Japanese Proverbs

Mother earth promised to tell her secrets to heaven. ~ Serbian Proverb

When you are sick you promise a goat, but when you are well again make do with a chicken. ~ Nigerian Proverb

A promise is a comfort for a fool. ~ Traditional Proverb

There are no greater promisers than those who have nothing to give. ~ Traditional Proverb

Promises have legs. Only a gift has hands. ~ German Proverb

He promised me earrings, but then only pierced my ears. ~ Arabian Proverb

God promised me a fur coat and I’m already sweating. ~ Polish Proverbs

Promised berries will not fill the basket. ~ Latvian Proverb

A promise is a debt. ~ Traditional Proverb

Men apt to promise are apt to forget. ~ United States Proverb

Evening promises are like butter: morning comes, and it’s all melted. ~ Moroccan Proverbs

An un kept promise leads to a bad life. ~ Yiddish Proverb

In the land of promise a man may die of hunger. ~ Dutch Proverb

No greater promisers than they who have nothing to give. ~ Dutch Proverbs

No pillows so soft as God’s promise. ~ Traditional Proverb

Nothing weights lighter than a promise. ~ German Proverbs

There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept. ~ Gaelic Proverb

Quotations about Promises

Favorite quote about Promises

Promise, large promise, is the soul of an advertisement. ~ Samuel Johnson

Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies. ~ Benjamin Franklin

Promise is most given when the least is said. ~ George Chapman

Promises that you make to yourself are often like the Japanese plum tree – they bear no fruit. ~ Francis Marion

Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten. ~ Dick Gregory

For every promise, there is price to pay. ~ Jim Rohn

 

To threaten the brave with death is like promising water to a duck. ~ Arabian Proverb

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it. ~ Thomas Fuller

How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man. ~ Ovid

Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans. ~ Peter F. Drucker

This is the first convention of the space age – where a candidate can promise the moon and mean it. ~ Author Unknown

The future is as bright as the promises of God. ~ William Carey

Whom the gods wish to destroy they first call promising. ~ Cyril Connolly

I will fore think what I will promise, that I may promise but what I will do. ~ Arthur Warwick

But as the arms-control scholar Thomas Schelling once noted, two things are very expensive in international life: promises when they succeed and threats when they fail. ~ Fareed Zakaria

America is like an unfaithful love who promises us more than we got. ~ Charlotte Bunch

 

Promises retain men better than services; for hope is to them a chain, and gratitude a thread. ~ Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

Hypocrisy can afford to be magnificent in its promises, for never intending to go beyond promise, it costs nothing. ~ Edmund Burke

The politician’s promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. ~ Mackenzie King

A liar is always lavish of oaths. ~ Pierre Corneille

A promise must never be broken. ~ Alexander Hamilton

Illness is the most heeded of doctors: to goodness and wisdom we only make promises; pain we obey. ~ Marcel Proust

Oft expectation fails, and most oft where most it promises; and oft it hits where hope is coldest; and despair most sits. ~ William Shakespeare

For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice — no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service. ~ John Burroughs

Promises are like babies: easy to make, hard to deliver. ~ Author Unknown

The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. ~ William Lyon MacKenzie

Those who promise by the cart-load generally pay by the spadeful. ~ James Lendall Basford

Promises,–the ready money that was first coined and made current by the law of nature, to support that society and commerce that was necessary for the comfort and security of mankind. ~ Lord Clarendon

The best way to keep one’s word is not to give it. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte

If you can’t give me your word of honor, will you give me your promise? ~ Samuel Goldwyn

One of the things I’m always proud of is ‘Promises made, promises kept.’ I’ve never ever not done what I’ve said I’m going to do. ~ Russell Pearce

In executing the duties of my present important station, I can promise nothing but purity of intentions, and, in carrying these into effect, fidelity and diligence. ~ George Washington

God never made a promise that was too good to be true. ~ Dwight L. Moody

He is poor indeed who can promise nothing. ~ Thomas Fuller

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

Most of us are pretty good at keeping promises to others and pretty bad at keeping promises to ourselves. ~ Lawrence LeShan

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. ~ Wayne Dyer

I thought he was a young man of promise; but it appears he was a young man of promises. ~ Author Unknown

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises that one makes. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

God’s promises are like the stars; the darker the night the brighter they shine. ~ David Nicholas

A politician is known by the promises he keeps. ~ Author Unknown

Those that are slowest in making a promise are the most faithful at performing it. ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them. ~ William Hazlitt

Beauty always promises, but never gives anything. ~ Simone Weil

A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. ~ Niccolò Machiavelli

We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears. ~ François VI de la Rochefoucault

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. ~ Nikita Khrushchev

Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made. ~ Edgar Watson Howe

Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once. ~ Norman Vincent Peale

An ounce of performance is worth pounds of promises. ~ Mae West

Vote for the man who promises least; he’ll be the least disappointing. ~ Bernard M. Baruch

Keep every promise you make and only make promises you can keep. ~ Anthony Hitt

I had rather do and not promise, than promise and not do. ~ Arthur Warwick

It is easy to promise, and alas! How easy to forget! ~ Louis Charles Alfred de Musset

April is a promise that May is bound to keep. ~ Hal Borland

One promises much, to avoid giving little. ~ Luc de Clapiers

The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague. ~ Bill Cosby

If we got one-tenth of what was promised to us in these acceptance speeches there wouldn’t be any inducement to go to heaven. ~ Will Rogers

It makes my heart sick when I remember all the good words and the broken promises. ~ Chief Joseph

All promise outruns performance. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes

Losers make promises they often break. Winners make commitments they always keep. ~ Denis Waitley

Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken. ~ Jonathan Swift

Those who promise us paradise on earth never produced anything but a hell. ~ Karl Popper

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present. ~ Niccolò Machiavelli

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot. ~ Abraham Lincoln Quotes

Where there is an unknowable, there is a promise. ~ Thornton Wilder

Everyone’s a millionaire where promises are concerned. ~ Ovid

A promise made is a debt unpaid. ~ Robert W. Service

Life is too short to worry about anything. You had better enjoy it because the next day promises nothing. ~ Eric Davis

Between today and tomorrow are graves, and between promising and fulfilling are chasms. ~ Author Unknown

It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality. ~ Harold Geneen

He was ever precise in promise-keeping. ~ William Shakespeare Quotes

You cannot live on other people’s promises, but if you promise others enough, you can live on your own. ~ Mark Caine

He who is the slowest in making a promise is the most faithful in the performance of it. ~ Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Not the maker of plans and promises, but rather the one who offers faithful service in small matters. This is the person who is most likely to achieve what is good and lasting. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Quotes

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth. ~ Mohandas Gandhi Quotes

Life didn’t promise to be wonderful. ~ Teddy Pendergrass

It is easy to make promises – it is hard work to keep them. ~ Boris Johnson

An acre of performance is worth a whole world of promise. ~ William Dean Howells

Magnificent promises are always to be suspected. ~ Theodore Parker

Rarely promise, but, if lawful, constantly perform. ~ William Penn

Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible. ~ Hannah Arendt

In business, words are words; explanations are explanations, promises are promises, but only performance is reality. ~ Harold S. Geneen

To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing. ~ Mark Twain Quotes

If you wish to be success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte Quotes

Let God’s promises shine on your problems. ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Anyone can be rich in promises. ~ Ovid

The woods are lovely, dark and deep. But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep. ~ Robert Frost

Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise. ~ Author Unknown

To promise is to give, to hope is to enjoy. ~ Abbe Jacques Delille

Magic trick: to make people disappear, ask them to fulfill their promises. ~ Mason Cooley

A promise is a child of the understanding and the will; the understanding begets it, the will brings it forth. ~ Francis Quarles

Enemies’ promises were made to be broken. ~ Aesop

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat? ~ Chuck Palahniuk

The man who promises everything is sure to fulfill nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition. ~ Carl Jung

Thou ought to be nice, even to superstition, in keeping thy promises, and therefore equally cautious in making them. ~ Thomas Fuller

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