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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.

Vows are the knots which tie us to Heaven--they are the cords which bind the sacrifice to the horns of the alter.


The worst mark you can receive is a promise, especially when it is confirmed with an oath; after which every wise man retires, and gives over all hopes.

JONATHAN SWIFT, Gulliver's Travels