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With a bloody flux of oaths vows deep revenge.
      - Francis Quarles

Whoever considers the number of absurd and ridiculous oaths necessary to be taken at present in most countries, on being admitted into any society or profession whatever, will be less surprised to find prevarication still prevailing, where perjury has led the way.
      - Abbe Guillaume Thomas Francois Raynal

Oaths are the fossils of piety.
      - George Santayana

A good mouth-filling oath.
      - William Shakespeare

Come, swear it, damn thyself, lest, being like one of heaven, the devils themselves should fear to seize thee; therefore be double-damned, swear,--thou art honest.
      - William Shakespeare

For it comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.
      - William Shakespeare

I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness,
  Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy;
    " * * I have sworn thee fair.
      - William Shakespeare

It is a great sin to swear unto a sin,
  But greater sin to keep a sinful oath.
      - William Shakespeare

Myself, myself confound!
  Heaven, and fortune, bar me happy hours!
    Day, yield me not thy light; nor night, thy rest!
      Be opposite all planets of good luck
        To my proceeding, if, with pure heart's love,
          Immaculate devotion, holy thoughts,
            I tender not thy beauteous princely daughter!
      - William Shakespeare

Oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes, and hold-fast is the only dog.
      - William Shakespeare

Or, having sworn too hard a keeping oath;
  Study to break it and not break my troth.
      - William Shakespeare

'Tis not the many oaths that make the truth,
  But the plain single vow that is vowed true.
      - William Shakespeare,
        All's Well That Ends Well
         (Diana at IV, ii)

It is great sin to swear unto a sin,
  But greater sin to keep a sinful oath.
      - William Shakespeare,
        King Henry the Sixth, Part II
         (Salisbury at V, i)

Come on then, I will swear to study so,
  To know the thing I am forbid to know:
    As thus--to study where I well may dine
      When I to feast expressly am forbid;
        Or study where to meet some mistress fine
          When mistresses from common sense are hid;
            Or having sworn too hard-a-keeping oath,
              Study to break it and not break my troth.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Berowne at I, i)

Vows are but breath, and breath a vapor is:
  Then thou, fair sun, which on my earth dost shine,
    Exhal'st this vapor-now; in thee it is.
      If broken then, it is no fault of mine;
        If by me broke, what fool is not so wise
          To lose an oath to win a paradise?
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Longaville at IV, iii)

I'll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath.
  Who shuns not to break one will crack both:
    But in our orbs we'll live so sound and safe
      That time of both this truth shall ne'er convince,
        Thou show'dst a subject's shine, I a true prince.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Pericles Prince of Tyre
         (Pericles at I, ii)

Trust none;
  For oaths are straws, men's faiths are wafer-cakes,
    And Hold-fast is the only dog, my duck.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life of King Henry the Fifth
         (Pistol at II, iii)

An oath, an oath! I have an oath in heaven;
  Shall I lay perjury upon my soul?
    No, not for Venice!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Shylock at IV, i)

I write a woman's oaths in water.
      - Sophocles, Fragment (l. 120)

An oath is a recognizance to heaven, binding us over in the courts above to plead to the indictment of our crimes.
      - Thomas Southerne (Southern)

What use of oaths, of promise, or of test, where men regard no God but interest?
      - Edmund Waller

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