I've got just as much conscience as any man in business can afford to keep,just a little, you know, to swear by, as 't were.Harriet (Elizabeth) ne e Beecher Stowe
Swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay.Bible (NewTestament)
I, Robert Joseph Dole, do solemnly swear... Sorry. Wrong speech.bob dole
Senator, when you took your oath of office, you placed your hand on the Bible and swore to uphold the Constitution. You did not place your hand on the Constitution and swear to uphold the Bible.Jamie Raskin, 2006-03-01
First Murderer: How dost thou feel thyself now? Second Murderer: Faith, some certain dregs of conscience are yet within me. First Murderer: Remember our reward, when the deed's done. Second Murderer: Zounds, he dies; I had forgot the reward. First Murderer: Where is thy conscience now? Second Murderer: In the Duke of Gloucester's purse. First Murderer: So, when he opens his purse to give us our reward, thy conscience flies out. Second Murderer: Let it go; there's few or none will entertain it. First Murderer: How if it come to thee again? Second Murderer: I'll not meddle with it, it is a dangerous thing, it makes a man a coward; a man cannot steal, but it accuseth him; a man cannot swear, but it checks him; a man cannot lie with his neighbour's wife, but it detects him: 'tis a blushing shame-faced spirit, that mutinies in a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles: it made me once restore a purse of gold, that I found; it beggars any man that keeps it: it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing; and every man that means to live well, endeavors to trust to himself, and live without it. First Murderer: Zounds, it is even now at my elbow, persuading me not to kill the duke.Scene iv
I dare swear he is no hypocrite, but prays from his heart.Don Pedro, scene i
I swear to me that I am the Great God Om, greatest of gods!Terry Pratchett, in the Discworld novel Small Gods (1992)
You men do not understand the delights of a glance, of a pressure of the hand... but as for me, I swear to you that, when I listen to your voice, I feel such a deep, strange bliss that the most passionate kisses could not take its place.mikhail lermontov
I've got a couple of those Gossard Wonderbras. They are so brilliant, I swear, even I get cleavage with them.kate moss
"I have more dumb luck thank anybody I know. There must be a convey of guardian angels working twenty-four hours a day looking after me[...] Like the night I first got to Nashville that I laid down in the middle of Broadway, waiting to get run over. It didn't happen [...] I could swear they were keeping me alive just to see what I'd get next, I'm glad they feel that way. I'm trying to help them a little more this days."willie nelson
"You see by what has happened that we are superior to you in intelligence, in size of army, and in number of supporters. Surely you were easily trapped, captured without a struggle. It is in my power to do with you what I wish when I wish. Helpless and prostrate, you lie before us now, victims of our might. But if one looks for a punishment equal to the crimes you have committed, it is impossible to find a suitable one. You murdered your revered and benevolent old emperor, the man whom it was your sworn duty to protect. The empire of the Roman people, eternally respected, which our forefathers obtained by their valiant courage or inherited because of their noble birth, this empire you shamefully and disgracefully sold for silver as if it were your personal property. But you were unable to defend the man whom you yourselves had chosen as emperor. No, you betrayed him like the cowards you are. For these monstrous acts and crimes you deserve a thousand deaths, if one wished to do to you what you have earned. You see clearly what it is right you should suffer. But I will be merciful. I will not butcher you.My hands shall not do what your hands did. But I say that it is in no way fit or proper for you to continue to serve as the emperor's bodyguard, you who have violated your oath and stained your hands with the blood of your emperor and fellow Roman, betraying the trust placed in you and the security offered by your protection. Still, compassion leads me to spare your lives and your persons. But I order the soldiers who have you surrounded to cashier you, to strip off any military uniform or equipment you are wearing, and drive you off naked. 9. And I order you to get yourselves as far from the city of Rome as is humanly possible, and I promise you and I swear it on solemn oath and I proclaim it publicly that if any one of you is found within a hundred miles of Rome, he shall pay for it with his head."Herodian Book II
Let seed be grass, and grass turn into hay:I'm martyr to a motion not my own;What's freedom for? To know eternity.I swear she cast a shadow white as stone.But who would count eternity in days?These old bones live to learn her wanton ways:(I measure time by how a body sways.)theodore roethke
Madam, I have been looking for a person who disliked gravy all my life; let us swear eternal friendship.sydney smith
Meditate upon my counsels; love them; follow them; To the divine virtues will they know how to lead thee. I swear it by the One who in our hearts engraved The sacred Tetrad , symbol immense and pure, Source of Nature and model of the Gods.As translated by Fabre d'Olivet
Rumors that Moscow is helping me must be due to the fact that while I was Chief of Police of the Town of Sakhalin-Ula I used to dine twice a year with the Soviet officials. I can swear that no foreigners have given or are giving me guns, munitions, supplies or money! I want the League of Nations to fulfill its duty. I want it to force the Japanese to withdraw from Northern Manchuria. If I am forced to abandon Tsitsihar I intend to retire into the back country."CHINA-JAPAN: Hero Ma". TIME. 23 November 1931.
Damn you! I will not grant your cursed soul Vicarious tears or a single glance. And I swear to you by the garden of the angels, I swear by the miracle-working icon, And by the fire and smoke of our nights: I will never come back to you.anna akhmatova
She knows her man, and when you rant and swear, Can draw you to her with a single hair.john dryden
"I swear to you, then," said MacIan, after a pause. "I swear to you that nothing shall come between us. I swear to you that nothing shall be in my heart or in my head till our swords clash together. I swear it by the God you have denied, by the Blessed Lady you have blasphemed; I swear it by the seven swords in her heart. I swear it by the Holy Island where my fathers are, by the honour of my mother, by the secret of my people, and by the chalice of the Blood of God." The atheist drew up his head. "And I," he said, "give my word."gilbert keith chesterton
I swear to the Lord I still can't see Why Democracy means Everybody but me.langston hughes
Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup And I'll not look for wine. The thirst that from the soul doth rise Doth ask a drink divine; But might I of Jove's nectar sup, I would not change for thine. I sent thee late a rosy wreath, Not so much honoring thee As giving it a hope that there It could not withered be. But thou thereon didst only breathe, And sent'st it back to me; Since when it grows and smells, I swear, Not of itself, but thee.Ben Jonson
I'll tell it as I best know how, And that's the way it was told to me: I Must have been a thief or a whore, Then surely was thrown overboard, Where, they say, I came this way from the deep blue sea. It picked me up and tossed me round. I lost my shoes and tore my gown, I forgot my name, And drowned. Then woke up with the surf a - pounding; It seemed I had been run aground. Well they took me in and shod my feet And taught me prayers for chastity And said my name would be Colleen, and I was blessed among all women, To have forgotten everything. And as the weeks and months ensued I tried to make myself of use. I tilled and planted, but could not produce - not root, nor leaf, nor flower, nor bean; Lord! It seemed I overwatered everything. And I hate the sight of that empty air, like stepping for a missing stair and falling forth forever blindly: cannot grab hold of anything! No, Not I, most blessed among Colleens. * I dream some nights of a funny sea, as soft as a newly born baby. It cries for me pitifully! And I dive for my child with a wildness in me, and am so sweetly there received. But last night came a different dream; a gray and sloping-shouldered thing said "What's cinched 'round your waist, Colleen? is that my very own baleen? No! Have you forgotten everything?" This morning, 'round the cape at dawn, some travellers sailed into town with scraps for sale and the saddest songs and a book of pictures, leather-bound, that showed a whale with a tusk a meter long. Well, I asked the man who showed it me, "What is the name of that strange beast?" He said its name translated roughly to He-Who-Easily-Can-Curve-Himself-Against-The-Sky. And I am without words. He said, "My lady looks perturbed. (the light is in your eyes, Colleen.) " I said, "Whatever can you mean?" He leaned in and said, "You ain't forgotten everything." * "You dare to speak a lady's name?" He said, "My lady is mistaken. I would not speak your name in this place; and if I were to try then the wind - I swear - would rise, to tear you clean from me without a trace." "Have you come, then, to rescue me?" He laughed and said, "from what, 'colleen'?" You dried and dressed most willingly. you corseted, and caught the dread disease by which one comes to know such peace." Well, it's true that I came to know such things as the laws which govern property and herbs to feed the babes that wean, and the welting weight for every season; but still I don't know any goddamned "Colleen." * Then dive down there with the lights to lead that seem to shine from everything - down to the bottom of the deep blue sea; down where your heart beats so slow, and you never in your life have felt so free. Will you come down there with me? Down were our bodies start to seem like artifacts of some strange dream, which afterwards you can't decipher, and so, soon, have forgotten Everything. *joanna newsom
1. Fidelity & Allegiance sworn to ye King is only such a fidelity and obedience as is due to him by ye law of ye land; for were that faith and allegiance more than what the law requires, we would swear ourselves slaves, and ye King absolute; whereas, by the law, we are free men, notwithstanding those Oaths. 2. When, therefore, the obligation by the law to fidelity and allegiance ceases, that by the Oath also ceases...isaac newton
Here I swear, and as I break my oath may Infinity Eternity blast me, here I swear that never will I forgive Christianity! It is the only point on which I allow myself to encourage revenge... Oh, how I wish I were the Antichrist, that it were mine to crush the Demon, to hurl him to his native Hell never to rise again I expect to gratify some of this insatiable feeling in Poetry.Percy Bysshe Shelley
As for offending him, you might as well swear at a tree, and think to offend it.Anthony Trollope
The nations lift their right hands up and swear Their oath of freedom.John Greenleaf Whittier, Garibaldi.
And yet I swear by the sacred name of my creator that it was true. It was true sunshine; the true music ; the true splash of the fountains from the mouth of stone dolphins.Ford Madox Ford, The Good Soldier (1915), Part One, Ch. I (p. 7).
You never bade me hope, 'tis true; I asked you not to swear: But I looked in those eyes of blue, And read a promise there.Gerald Griffin, You Never Bade Me Hope.
Do not swear at all; Or, if thou wilt, swear by thy gracious self, Which is the god of my idolatry, And I'll believe thee.William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet (c. 1597), Act II, scene 2, line 112.
No, by God, it is false! It wasn't a minuet that we stepped; it was a prison a prison full of screaming hysterics, tied down so that they might not outsound the rolling of our carriage wheels as we went along the shaded avenues of the Taunus Wald. And yet I swear by the sacred name of my creator that it was true. It was true sunshine; the true music; the true splash of the fountains from the mouth of stone dolphins. For, if for me we were four people with the same tastes, with the same desires, acting or, no, not acting sitting here and there unanimously, isn't that the truth? If for nine years I have possessed a goodly apple that is rotten at the core and discover its rottenness only in nine years and six months less four days, isn't it true to say that for nine years I possessed a goodly apple?Part One, Ch. I (p. 7) (The Good Soldier (1915))
The fame of the brave outlives him; his portion is immortality. What more flattering homage could we pay to the manes of Paul Jones, than to swear on his tomb to live or to die free? It is the vow, it is the watch-word of every Frenchman.Paul Henri Marron, officiating Protestant clergyman, discourse at the funeral of John Paul Jones, Paris, France (July 20, 1792); reported in Life and Correspondence of John Paul Jones (1830), p. 68.