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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Vows
 
  Men’s vows are women’s traitors.
Shakespeare.    
  1
  Hasty resolutions are of the nature of vows; and to be equally avoided.
William Penn.    
  2
  Those mouth-made vows, which break themselves in swearing.
Shakespeare.    
  3
  All unnecessary vows are folly, because they suppose a prescience of the future, which has not been given us.
Johnson.    
  4
  The gods are deaf to hot and peevish vows; they are polluted offerings, more abhorred than spotted livers in the sacrifice.
Shakespeare.    
  5
  The vows that woman makes to her fond lover are only fit to be written on air or on the swiftly passing stream.
Catullus.    
  6
  Make no vows to perform this or that; it shows no great strength, and makes thee ride behind thyself.
Fuller.    
  7
        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.
Butler.    
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