Quotes About Promises

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John Green
“Some people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them," I said.

"Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That's what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Georgette Heyer
“As soon as one promises not to do something, it becomes the one thing above all others that one most wishes to do.”
Georgette Heyer, Venetia

Karen Marie Moning
“Words can be twisted into any shape. Promises can be made to lull the heart and seduce the soul. In the final analysis, words mean nothing. They are labels we give things in an effort to wrap our puny little brains around their underlying natures, when ninety-nine percent of the time the totality of the reality is an entirely different beast. The wisest man is the silent one. Examine his actions. Judge him by them.”
Karen Marie Moning

John Green
“Sometimes people don't understand the promises they're making when they make them.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Anne Sexton
“I am stuffing your mouth with your
promises and watching
you vomit them out upon my face.”
Anne Sexton, The Complete Poems

John Green
“Sometimes people don’t understand
the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said.
Isaac shot me a look. “Right, of course.
But you keep the promise anyway. That’s
what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway. Don’t you believe in true love?”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Jennifer Donnelly
“I know it is a bad thing to break a promise, but I think now that it is a worse thing to let a promise break you.”
Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light

J.M. Darhower
“Go for it, while you can. I know you have it in you. And I can't promise you'll get everything you want, but I can promise nothing will change if you don't try.”
J.M. Darhower, Sempre

Chuck Palahniuk
“In a world where vows are worthless.Where making a pledge means nothing. Where promises are made to be broken, it would be nice to see words come back into power.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Paulo Coelho
“In the first place, you shouldn't believe in promises. The world is full of them: the promises of riches, of eternal salvation, of infinite love. Some people think they can promise anything, others accept whatever seems to guarantee better days ahead, as, I suspect is your case. Those who make promises they don't keep end up powerless and frustrated, and exactly the fate awaits those who believe promises.”
Paulo Coelho, The Devil and Miss Prym

Tamora Pierce
“Never break a promise to an animal. They're like babies—they won't understand.”
Tamora Pierce, Wild Magic

Steve Maraboli
“I feel keeping a promise to yourself is a direct reflection of the love you have for yourself. I used to make promises to myself and find them easy to break. Today, I love myself enough to not only make a promise to myself, but I love myself enough to keep that promise”
Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

Pierce Brown
“Liars make the best promises.”
Pierce Brown, Golden Son

Rick Riordan
“You promised you would protect her Nico said.
He might as well have stabbed me with a rusty dagger.It would've hurt less than reminding me of my promise.”
Rick Riordan, The Titan's Curse

Rick Yancey
“Some things you don't have to promise. You just do.”
Rick Yancey, The 5th Wave

Bree Despain
“The problem with promises is that once you've made one, it's bound to be broken. It's like an
unspoken cosmic rule.”
Bree Despain, The Dark Divine

“A graceful refusal is better than a lengthy promise.”
Hazrat Ali Ibn Abu-Talib A.S

Charlotte Eriksson
“The stars are brilliant at this time of night
and I wander these streets like a ritual I don’t dare to break
for darling, the times are quite glorious.

I left him by the water’s edge,
still waving long after the ship was gone
and if someone would have screamed my name I wouldn’t have heard for I’ve said goodbye so many times in my short life that farewells are a muscular task and I’ve taught them well.
There’s a place by the side of the railway near the lake where I grew up and I used to go there to burry things and start anew.
I used to go there to say goodbye.
I was young and did not know many people but I had hidden things inside that I never dared to show and in silence I tried to kill them,
one way or the other,
leaving sin on my body
scrubbing tears off with salt
and I built my rituals in farewells.
Endings I still cling to.

So I go to the ocean to say goodbye.

He left that morning, the last words still echoing in my head
and though he said he’d come back one day I know a broken promise from a right one
for I have used them myself and there is no coming back.
Minds like ours are can’t be tamed and the price for freedom is the price we pay.

I turned away from the ocean
as not to fall for its plea
for it used to seduce and consume me
and there was this one night
a few years back and I was not yet accustomed to farewells
and just like now I stood waving long after the ship was gone.
But I was younger then and easily fooled
and the ocean was deep and dark and blue
and I took my shoes off to let the water freeze my bones.
I waded until I could no longer walk and it was too cold to swim but still I kept on walking at the bottom of the sea for I could not tell the difference between the ocean and the lack of someone I loved and I had not yet learned how the task of moving on is as necessary as survival.

Then days passed by and I spent them with my work
and now I’m writing letters I will never dare to send.
But there is this one day every year or so
when the burden gets too heavy
and I collect my belongings I no longer need
and make my way to the ocean to burn and drown and start anew
and it is quite wonderful, setting fire to my chains and flames on written words
and I stand there, starring deep into the heat until they’re all gone.
Nothing left to hold me back.

You kissed me that morning as if you’d never done it before and never would again and now I write another letter that I will never dare to send, collecting memories of loss
like chains wrapped around my veins,
and if you see a fire from the shore tonight
it’s my chains going up in flames.

The time of moon i quite glorious.
We could have been so glorious.”
Charlotte Eriksson

Søren Kierkegaard
“A 'no' does not hide anything, but a 'yes' very easily becomes a deception.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Alice Sebold
“I stared at her black hair. It was shiny like the promises in magazines. ”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Lauren Oliver
“What glitters may not be gold; and even wolves may smile; and fools will be led by promises to their deaths.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium Stories: Hana, Annabel, and Raven

Jostein Gaarder
“But all fairytales have rules, and perhaps it’s their rules that actually distinguish one fairytale from the other. These rules never need to be understood. They only need to be followed. If not, what they promise won’t come true.”
Jostein Gaarder

Holly Black
“Some promises aren’t worth keeping.”
Holly Black, Black Heart

Aristophanes
“To win the people, always cook them some savoury that pleases them.”
Aristophanes, The Knights

Judith Lewis Herman
“The guarantee of safety in a battering relationship can never be based upon a promise from the perpetrator, no matter how heartfelt. Rather, it must be based upon the self-protective capability of the victim. Until the victim has developed a detailed and realistic contingency plan and has demonstrated her ability to carry it out, she remains in danger of repeated abuse.”
Judith Lewis Herman, Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence - From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror

William Shakespeare
“O, swear not by the moon, th’ inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circle orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.”
William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

J.K. Rowling
“I don’t believe him,” said Hermione in a very unsteady voice, the moment they were out of earshot of Hagrid. “I don’t believe him. I really don’t believe him. . . .”
“Calm down,” said Harry.
“Calm down!” she said feverishly. “A giant! A giant in the forest! And we’re supposed to give him English lessons! Always assuming, of course, we can get past the herd of murderous centaurs on the way in and out! I — don’t — believe — him!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Thrity Umrigar
“Tomorrow. The word hangs in the air for a moment, both a promise and a threat. Then it floats away like a paper boat, taken from her by the water licking at her ankles.”
Thrity Umrigar, The Space Between Us

John Green
“Sometimes people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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