Robert Frost, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” from The Poetry of Robert Frost, edited by Edward Connery Lathem. Copyright 1923, © 1969 by Henry Holt and Company, Inc., renewed 1951, by Robert Frost. Reprinted with the permission of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. Source: The Random House Book of Poetry for Children (1983)
That virtue therefore which is but a youngling in the contemplation of evil, and knows not the utmost that vice promises to her followers, and rejects it, is but a blank virtue, not a pure; her whiteness is but an excremental whiteness.john milton
Wealth, in a commercial age, is made up largely of promises.
Don't ask me for promises until I know what I am promising.George Bernard Shaw
Beware of anything that promises freedom or enlightenmenttraps for eager and clever foolsa dog has a keener noseevery creature in a cave can justify himself. Three-fourths of philosophyand literature is the talk of people trying to convince themselves that they really like the cage they were tricked into entering.
I was well on the way to forming my present attitude toward politics as it is practiced in the United States; it is a beautiful fraud that has been imposed on the people for years, whose practitioners exchange gelded promises for the most valuable thing their victims own: their votes. And who benefits the most? The lawyers.shirley chisholm
You are as like the forming of God as ever people were... you are at the edge of promises and prophecies.Oliver Cromwell
The President has kept all the promises he intended to keep.
It will reward enough for me if, by the publication of the present experiment, I have directed the attention of investigators to this subject, which still promises much for physicial optics and appears to open a new field.joseph von fraunhofer
A lover who promises eternal fidelity is more likely to be believed if he believes his promise himself; he is no more likely to keep the promise.john n. gray
The Chancellor has delivered his first budget but it's the same old Tories ; hitting hardest at those who can least afford it and breaking their promises. This is true to form for the Tories, but it includes things that the Liberal Democrats have always fought against. Surely they cannot vote for this.harriet harman
The Christian way is a life of faith. In order to hold on to the promises of God, you’ve got to believe them and live by them.james macdonald
Nobody likes to see a body, but it's better than seeing a ghost. Bodies just make you doubt the world and the people in it. Ghosts make you doubt everything, and to doubt it in a part of the mind that has no words to answer the question, where the comforting promises you make yourself are neither believed nor even really understood.michael marshall smith
Democracy is not an end in itself, but a means to achieve the sacred promises of human dignity, justice and peacealfred de zayas
Democracy is not an end in itself, but a means to achieve the sacred promises of human dignity, justice and peace
In presenting the Divine promises at the throne of grace, we present the best of names at a bank that is solvent. Let us, when we would pray, consider well whether we have a promise for our plea.
Thy promises are like Adonis' gardens That one day bloomed and fruitful were the next.william shakespeare
His promises were, as he then was, mighty; But his performance, as he is now, nothing.william shakespeare
My clients are the children; my clients are the next generation. They do not know what promises and bonds I undertook when I ordered the armies of the United States to the soil of France, but I know, and I intend to redeem my pledges to the children; they shall not be sent upon a similar errand.
Enemies' promises were made to be broken.
promises were like bad checks, easy to write and hard to cash.robert charles wilson
I ask you to join me in saying that enough is enough with Liberal arrogance and scandals and enough to the vote-buying promises of the Conservatives. There's a better choice, a third option, the NDPjack layton
From the male perspective, when commitment is associated with diamonds and mortgages, promises of love can feel like promises of payment.warren farrell
An oil crisis looms, prices are spiking – and our president is extolling algae. After Solyndra, Keystone and promises of seaweed in their gas tanks, Americans sense a president so ideologically antipathetic to fossil fuels – which we possess in staggering abundance – that he is utterly unserious about the real world of oil in which the rest of us live.charles krauthammer
Oft expectation fails and most oft there Where most it promises, and oft it hits Where hope is coldest and despair most fits.william shakespeare