There are two things which I am confident I can do very well: one is an introduction to a literary work, stating what it is to contain, and how it should be executed in the most perfect manner; the other is a conclusion, shewing from various causes why the execution has not been equal to what the author promised to himself and to the public.
Oh, what a world of profit and delight, Of power, of honour, and omnipotence, Is promised to the studious artisan!Christopher Marlowe
I was promised on a time, To have reason for my rhyme; From that time unto this season, I received nor rhyme nor reason.Edmund Spenser
My death is very near to me, and of this I am glad, for I desire to pursue the quest in other realms, as it has been promised to me that I shall do.h. rider haggard
To the American people of 1789, their nation promised a new way of life: each individual a free man; each having the right to seek his own happiness; a republican form of government in which the people would be sovereign; and no arbitrary power over people's lives. Less than two hundred years later, almost every aspect of the dream has been lost.charles a. reich
I was promised on a timeTo have reason for my rhyme;From that time unto this season,I received nor rhyme nor reason.Edmund Spenser
The next time you see Jesus Christ, ask Him what happened to the just society He promised 2,000 years ago.pierre trudeau
It was blazing sunshine and I went on in a turquoise neck muff, glamorous dress and muddy boots and just had the best gig, really emotional. I've had emails from people saying that they cried. They promised it wasn't the drugs.kt tunstall
I have always found, even to the most trivial detail, that Mr. Gould lived up to the whole nature of his obligations. Of course he was always careful and reticent about what he promised, but that promise was invariably fulfilled.jay gould
But he could stand up with unabashed brow and repeat with enduring audacity the same words a dozen times over “The prosperity of England depends on the Church of her people.” Had he been asked whether the prosperity which he promised was temporal or spiritual in its nature, not only would he not have answered, but he would not in the least have understood the question.Anthony Trollope
Merit is a work for the sake of which Christ gives rewards. But no such work is to be found, for Christ gives by promise. Just as if a prince should say to me, "Come to me in my castle, and I will give you a hundred florins." I do a work, certainly, in going to the castle, but the gift is not given me as the reward of my work in going, but because the prince promised it to me.Martin Luther, reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 409.
"The best laid schemes o' mice and men gang aft a-gley; and leave us naught but grief and pain for promised joy"Robert Burns, from "To a Mouse" ("Gang aft a-gley" is translated: "Often go awry")
One of the countless drawbacks of being in Congress is that I am compelled to receive impertinent letters from a jackass like you in which you say I promised to have the Sierra Madre mountains reforested and I have been in Congress two months and haven't done it. Will you please take two running jumps and go to hell.Kennedy
She said it took her 13 years to complete the OT VII level, traveling to Clearwater every six months, often spending $7,865 for intensive auditing sessions. As an OT VIII, she said she spent $16,385 for one 12½ hour, intensive auditing program. "And it didn't resolve the issue, which I was promised it was going to," she said.Joe Childs and Thomas C. Tobin (December 31, 2009). "Three of Scientology's elite parishioners keep faith, but leave the church". St. Petersburg Times (Florida: www.tampabay.com). Retrieved on October 18, 2012.
God has promised forgiveness to your repentance; but He has not promised to-morrow to your procrastination.augustine of hippo
Your terms of peace are hard, my lord. [Kublai Khan: Tegana, those who rise against us must be humbled.] They shall be honoured. I promised Noghai to make an end of this matter.Who: Tegana (Derren Nesbitt)
The war is over! Lord Sidious promised us peace! We only want--AAAAAAUUUGH!!!Who: Nute Gunray
This is not what the Dagger promised!Who: The Vizier/Zurvan
[ Muhammad ] looked at the people of the well (the well in which the bodies of the pagans killed in the Battle of Badr were thrown) and said, "Have you found true what your Lord promised you?" Somebody said to him, "You are addressing dead people." He replied, "You do not hear better than they but they cannot reply."Narrated by Ibn 'Umar
Rabbi Raditz of Poland was a very short rabbi with a long beard, who was said to have inspired many pogroms with his sense of humor. One of his disciples asked, "Who did God like better, Moses or Abraham ?" "Abraham," the Zaddik said. "But Moses led the Israelites to the promised Land," said the disciple. "All right, so Moses," the Zaddik answered.woody allen
Instead of passing blithely over into that promised Land, flowing almost literally with milk and honey, it may be our destiny to wander a full 40 years or more in the wilderness of doubt and divided sentiments.benjamin graham
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