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Never promise more than you can perform. Publilius Syrus
A prince never lacks legitimate reasons to break his promise. Niccolo Machiavelli
I pledge you, I pledge myself, to a new deal for the American people. Franklin D. Roosevelt
A promising young man should go into politics so that he can go on promising for the rest of his life. Robert Byrne
I pledge to you that we shall have an honorable end to this war in Vietnam. Richard Nixon
The primary cause of disorder in ourselves is the seeking of reality promised by another Jiddu Krishnamurti
People like to hear promises. Mikhail Gorbachev
Take the pledge and after you’re elected, do whatever you want. Richard Joseph Daley
Promise little and do much. Jewish Proverb
Promising is not giving, but serves to content fools. Portuguese Proverb
Vote for the man who promises least. He'll be the least disappointing. Bernard Baruch
Almost every politician running for office comes out with a set of plans so that they can demonstrate how serious they are about fixing the state’s problems. But once the election is over and the candidate takes his or her oath, you rarely here a peep about those plans again. They end up on a shelf somewhere gathering dust. Joe Manchin
A child can't see through campaign promises, but you can. Anonymous
Lyin' Brian Anonymous
Voters never grow weary of illusory promises. Henry F. Ashurst
In the American democracy the voter has a choice between a party that promises not to raise taxes and then raises them, and a party that makes no promises and raises them. David Brinkley
I will never lie to you. Jimmy Carter
All men prefer a false promise to a flat refusal. Quintus Tullius Cicero
If you make a promise, the thing is still uncertain and depends on a future day .. but if you refuse, you alienate people to a certainty and immediately. Quintus Tullius Cicero
It's the fate of every executive. He gets in on promises and finds that things can't be fulfilled as he hoped. Walter Cronkite
If the unemployed could eat plans and promises they would be able to spend the winter on the Riviera. W. E. B. Du Bois
... a political dreamer. George Franklin Edmonds
Yes, I promised, but did I promise to keep my promise? Levi Eshkol
I keep my campaign promises, but I never promised to wear stockings. Ella Grasso
As long as words are in your mouth, you are their lord; once you utter them, you are their slave. Solomon Ibn Gabirol
If we promise as public officials, we must deliver. Barbara Jordan
Americans are used to the clatter of campaign promises hitting ground as they are thrown out the window. Daniel P. Moynihan
Do after election as before election you said you would. Fiorello H. La Guardia
No amount of promises to the needy at election time will make the wrong policies rights; nor would lessen the enormous price we have to pay for them. David Lewis
We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called upon to perform what we cannot. Abraham Lincoln
Tell them I lied. Earl Long
The promises of yesterday are the taxes of today. Mackenzie King
Yesterday's promise, like tomorrow's never comes. German Proverb
I must go into the Presidential chair the inflexible and uncompromising opponent of every attempt on the part of Congress to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia against the wishes of the slaveholding States, and also with a determination equally decided to resist the slightest interference with it in the States where it exists Martin Van Buren
Saying is one thing and doing is another. Michel de Montaigne
Don't talk of what you're "going to do!" Do it! William Morris Hunt
A law providing for the payment of a pension of $50 per month to every needy person over sixty years of age who has lived in the State of California three years prior to the date of the coming into effect of the law. Upton Sinclair
We promise according to our hopes; we fulfill according to our fears. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
I have supported a great many who promised to do things that I thought ought to be done, who proved faithless to their promises. William Randolph Hearst
I am going to make Washington as irrelevant to your lives as possible Rick Perry
No Reelection Porfirio Diaz
Republicans used to talk about individual rights. Now that they are in power, they want to take away individual rights. Howard Dean
The President has kept all the promises he intended to keep. George Stephanopoulos
I will improve the economy. At least, I think I can. Chen Shui-bian
To address crowds and make promises does not require very much brains Eduard Shevardnadze
I’ll do my best but I can’t promise anything. t Jun-Jun Sotto
We can’t go on pretending to Americans that we can have everything. John Kerry
Richard Nixon ran on a promise that he had a secret plan for peace (in Vietnam). He kept his promise and kept it a secret. John Kerry
If you break a promise, the outcome is uncertain and the number of people affected is small. But if you refuse to make a promise, the result is certain and produces immediate anger in a larger number of voters.. Quintus Tullius Cicero
You should not make specific pledges either to the Senate or to the People. Stick to vague generalities. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Promise everything to anyone, unless clear obligation prevents it. Only live up to those promises which are of advantage to you. Lucius Aurelius Cotta
No wonder Americans hate politics when, year in and year out, they hear politicians make promises that won't come true because they don't even mean them -- campaign fantasies that win elections but don't get nations moving again. Bill Clinton
You let men in power assume power for the Little Man. But you yourself remain silent. You give men in power or impotent people with evil intentions the power to represent you. Only too late do you realize that again and again you are being defrauded Wilhelm Reich
The noble aspirations, neat promises and slogans of a campaign get bent out of recognition or even break as you try to nail them down to the Procrustean bed of reality. Mario Cuomo
I’m not going to pay for that fucking wall, Vicente Fox
I will lay off the pro-Negro crap. Richard Nixon
The only way to get universal health coverage is to put people in jail who refuse to buy health insurance, and we're not going to do that. Mick Mulvaney
The trouble with great slogans is that people remember them. Mike Leavitt