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VOWS
[ Also see Blasphemy Courtship Gallantry Oaths Perjury Promises Resolution Swearing Threats ]

Vow me no vows.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Wit without Money (act IV, sc. 4)

Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
      - Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. V, v. 5)

No man takes or keeps a vow,
  But just as he sees others do;
    Nor are they 'blig'd to be so brittle
      As not to yield and bow a little:
        For as best temper'd blades are found,
          Before they break, to bend quite round;
            So truest oaths are still more tough,
              And tho' they bow, are breaking proof.
      - Samuel Butler (1)

The vows that woman makes to her fond lover are only fit to be written on air or on the swiftly passing stream.
      - Catullus (Caius Quintus Valerius Catullus)

Make no vows to perform this or that; it shows no great strength, and makes thee ride behind thyself.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Oh, why should vows so fondly made,
  Be broken ere the morrow,
    To one who loves as never maid
      Loved in this world of sorrow?
      - James Hogg ("The Ettrick Shepherd"),
        The Broken Heart

A vow is a snare for sin.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

All unnecessary vows are folly, because they suppose a prescience of the future, which has not been given us.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Vows with so much passion, sears with so much grace,
  That 'tis a kind of Heaven to be deluded by him.
      - Nathaniel Lee, Rival Queens (act I, sc. 1)

Ease would recant
  Vows made in pain, as violent and void.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost (bk. IV, l. 96)

Let us embrace, and from this very moment
  Vow an eternal misery together.
      - Thomas Otway, The Orphan (act IV, sc. 1)

Men's vows are women's traitors.
      - William Shakespeare

Those mouth-made vows, which break themselves in swearing.
      - William Shakespeare

Ay, springes to catch woodcocks. I do know,
  When the blood burns, how prodigal the soul
    Lends the tongue vows.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Polonius at I, iii)


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