Promises are the uniquely human way of

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

Nothing is as easy to make a

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

If we got one tenth of what was

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

For anything worth having one must pay

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

The man who promises everything is sure

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

To promise not to do a thing

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, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876ch. 22; CTO

And be these juggling friends no more

And be these juggling friends no more believ’d,
That palter with us in a double sense;
That keep the word of promise to our ear
And break it to our hope.
~William Shakespeare