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Winston ChurchillI have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

NapoleonIf you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

William ShakespeareFor ever and a day.

—  William Shakespeare, 1564-1616, English poet & playwright ‐ As You Like It

Ronald ReaganIf politics were a musical, it would be “Promises, Promises”.

—  Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004, American President [1981-1989]

VauvenarguesOne promises much, to avoid giving little.

—  Vauvenargues, 1715-1747, French author of maxims

La RochefoucauldWe promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears.

—  La Rochefoucauld, 1613-1680, French writer

Douglas MacArthurI Shall Return.

—  Douglas MacArthur, 1880-1964, American general

Peter DruckerUnless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans.

—  Peter Drucker, 1909–2005, Austrian management guru

Georg Christoph LichtenbergTo make a vow is a greater sin than to break one.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Lou HoltzDon't ever promise more than you can deliver, but always deliver more than you promise.

—  Lou Holtz, 1937-, American football coach

Franklin RooseveltI pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people.

—  Franklin Roosevelt, 1882-1945, American President [1936-1945]

     (speech accepting the Democratic nomination for president, 1932)

Jean Jacques RousseauThose that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher


Quotes in Verse

Robert FrostBut I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

—  Robert Frost, 1874-1963, American poet










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