Quotes and Sayings about Vow



"The life of every man is a diary in which he means to write one story, and writes another; and his humblest hour is when he compares the volume as it is with what he vowed to make it."
- James M. Barrie
(Related: Life, Man)

"Today, it is research with human embryonic stem cells and attempts to prepare cloned stem cells for research and medical therapies that are being disavowed as being ethically unacceptable."
- Paul Berg
(Related: Medical, Being, Research, Today)

"In laughter we always find an unavowed intention to humiliate and consequently to correct our neighbour."
- Henri Bergson
(Related: Intention, Laughter)

"Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian."
- Kirk Cameron
(Related: Food, Christian, Bible, Spiritual, Vow)

"Hatreds not vowed and concealed are to be feared more than those openly declared."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
"Brute animals have the vowel sounds; man only can utter consonants."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Animals, Man)

"The news today that Bush has vowed to veto any legislation that reviews the security implications of the Dubai Port World's potential management of our ports is ludicrous and the entire Democratic Party is calling him to task for it."
- John Conyers
(Related: Management, Legislation, News, Party, Potential, Security, Today, World)

"George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again."
- Francis Ford Coppola
"Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: End, Name, Will)

"I felt so painfully isolated that I vowed I would get revenge on the world by becoming a famous cartoonist."
- Robert Crumb
(Related: Famous, Revenge, World)

"The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows."
- George William Curtis
(Related: New year, Snow)

"Conservatism discards Prescription, shrinks from Principle, disavows Progress; having rejected all respect for antiquity, it offers no redress for the present, and makes no preparation for the future."
- Benjamin Disraeli
(Related: Progress, Conservatism, Future, Preparation, Present, Respect)

"I was very happily married and never broke my vows."
- Dan Duryea
"Out of the simple consonants of the alphabet and our eleven vowels and diphthongs all possible syllables of a certain sort were constructed, a vowel sound being placed between two consonants."
- Hermann Ebbinghaus
(Related: Being, Sound)

"Playing "bop" is like playing Scrabble with all the vowels missing."
- Duke Ellington
"You're lucky I took me a vow of non-violence, or you'd be suffering some pain right now."
- Mike Fink
(Related: Now, Pain, Right, Suffering, Vow)

"Vows made in storms are forgotten in calm."
- Thomas Fuller
(Related: Storms)

"A vow is a purely religious act which cannot be taken in a fit of passion. It can be taken only with a mind purified and composed and with God as witness."
- Mohandas Gandhi
(Related: God, Act, Mind, Passion, Religious, Vow)

"I am neither a homosexual nor a eunuch, nor have I ever taken any vows of chastity."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Chastity)

"French is, in many ways, more difficult for an English-speaking person to sing. It is so full of complex and trying vowels. It requires the utmost subtlety."
- Alma Gluck
(Related: English, Trying)

"Political promises are much like marriage vows. They are made at the beginning of the relationship between candidate and voter, but are quickly forgotten."
- Dick Gregory
(Related: Marriage, Beginning, Promises)

"Well, most grown-ups forget what it was like to be a kid. I vowed that I would never forget."
- Matt Groening
(Related: Forget)

"The trajectory started when I was on the roof of our house looking out at a swamp when I was 19. I had written for several years, starting at about 15, but that day on the roof I took my vows and acknowledged my calling."
- Jim Harrison
(Related: Day, Years)

"Among men and women, those in love do not always announce themselves with declarations and vows. But they are the ones who weep when you're gone. Who miss you every single night, especially when the sky is so deep and beautiful, and the ground so very cold."
- Alice Hoffman
(Related: Love, Men, Women, Deep, Night, Sky)

"Prayer is an august avowal of ignorance."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Ignorance, Prayer)

"Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss, I vow an endless bliss."
- John Keats
(Related: Kiss, Now, Vow)

"Science is bound, by the everlasting vow of honour, to face fearlessly every problem which can be fairly presented to it."
- Lord Kelvin
(Related: Science, Vow)

"The big political news, Arnold Schwarzenegger announced he's running for governor of California, and already, people are chanting, 'Four more vowels, four more vowels.'"
- Craig Kilborn
(Related: People, News, Running)

"The day I showed up to South Carolina to work, I was with my kid and my ex and our dog and Kirk was hanging with this weird guy and I kind of defined the two of them by his friend and made a vow to avoid him."
- Donal Logue
(Related: Work, Friend, Day, Vow)

"I still held fast to my determination to become a minister; it still seemed to me that that was my duty. I had pledged myself, in my prayers I had given my word to God. How could I therefore break my vow?"
- Pierre Loti
(Related: God, Determination, Duty, Vow, Word)

"You utter a vow or forge a signature and you may find yourself bound for life to a monastery, a woman or prison."
- Bronislaw Malinowski
(Related: Life, May, Prison, Vow, Woman)

"Now that he has disavowed as outright lies many of the stories he told himself, it's hard to know what to make of those who still insist that David Brock had it right the first time."
- Jane Mayer
(Related: Time, First, Lies, Now, Right)

"For my convalescence, I had to exercise my voice only with vowels. It is a medical rule after a long loss of voice."
- Nana Mouskouri
(Related: Medical, Exercise, Loss, Voice)

"Let us embrace, and from this very moment vow an eternal misery together."
- Thomas Otway
(Related: Misery, Vow)

"The last proceeding of reason is to recognize that there is an infinity of things which are beyond it. There is nothing so conformable to reason as this disavowal of reason."
- Blaise Pascal
(Related: Infinity, Nothing, Reason)

"You will reciprocally promise love, loyalty and matrimonial honesty. We only want for you this day that these words constitute the principle of your entire life and that with the help of divine grace you will observe these solemn vows that today, before God, you formulate."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Life, Love, God, Honesty, Day, Grace, Help, Loyalty, Promise, Today, Want, Will, Words)

"The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Church, Celibacy, Christ, Dignity, Duty, Expression, Maturity, Proof, Vow, Word)

"In the order I was in, each brother takes five vows, one of which is teaching the poor gratuitously. As a young person I was seized by this idea of social justice and I wanted very much to follow my vow of teaching the poor gratuitously."
- Godfrey Reggio
(Related: Brother, Idea, Justice, Order, Poor, Teaching, Vow)

"No nation now sets forth to despoil another upon the avowed ground that it desires the spoils."
- Elihu Root
(Related: Nation, Now)

"The oath of renunciation and allegiance is a solemn vow taken by thousands of immigrants each year to become a United States citizen. The oath is the fundamental statement of allegiance to the United States, and this allegiance is what unites America."
- Jim Ryun
(Related: America, Renunciation, states, United, Vow)

"It was also during my tenure of office that the Japanese Government agreed to the conclusion of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and signed it, pursuing a policy in harmony with the avowed desire of the people."
- Eisaku Sato
(Related: Government, People, Policy, Desire, Harmony, Office)

"I seemed to vow to myself that some day I would go to the region of ice and snow and go on and on till I came to one of the poles of the earth, the end of the axis upon which this great round ball turns."
- Ernest Shackleton
(Related: Day, Earth, End, Snow, Vow)

"Men's vows are women's traitors!"
- William Shakespeare
(Related: Men, Women)

"I vowed I would do everything I could to stop the Isle of Man counting towards the world championship. And it was stopped, so they love me in the Isle of Man."
- Barry Sheene
(Related: Love, Man, World)

"Love is free; to promise for ever to love the same woman is not less absurd than to promise to believe the same creed; such a vow in both cases excludes us from all inquiry."
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
(Related: Love, Promise, Vow, Woman)

"Those that vow the most are the least sincere."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: Vow)

"I vowed that whenever my family needed me, I would give up everything to go to them, no matter what. The show must go on was meaningless to me."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Family)

"My father was a Presbyterian minister, working among the poor in West Virginia. He had taken what amounted to a vow of poverty when he accepted that call and so we never had much money."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: Money, Father, Poor, Poverty, Vow)

"I know this is kind of corny, but we thought about renewing our vows again because I think my mom would really love it if we did that in Arkansas, where I came from."
- Mary Steenburgen
(Related: Love, Mom, Thought)

"Divorce these days is a religious vow, as if the proper offspring of marriage."
- Tertullian
(Related: Marriage, Divorce, Religious, Vow)

"The whole point of Louis Armstrong is that no one can really figure him out. There was a while where I thought you could try."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Thought)

"History is full of really good stories. That's the main reason I got into this racket: I want to make the argument that history is interesting."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: History, Argument, Reason, Want)

"I didn't come from any kind of academic background, but I lived in a college town and I knew people who weren't without pretense. There was this idea in the town that if something was European it would be good."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: People, Idea, College)

"I discovered that Robert Todd Lincoln was there for each of the first three assassinations. I wanted to write about the Lincoln Memorial, so when I found out he had attended its dedication, that helped focus it further."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Dedication, First, Focus)

"I get younger people who watch Conan or The Daily Show, but before that it was mostly people who knew me from public radio. Those people are kind of old."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: People, Old, Public)

"I hated the lost colony; in second grade, we were doing American History, and they said, We don't know what happened to them. That drove me nuts. That lost colony drove me crazy."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: History, American)

"I loved that these two guys argued with each other as if movies actually mattered. Nobody I knew talked about movies that way, but Siskel and Ebert took each movie as it came and talked about whether it was a success on its own terms."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Movies, Success)

"I seem to have no problem revealing my crush on the man who murdered Lincoln."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Man)

"I was a big Nancy Drew reader. Nancy figures it out. Case closed."
- Sarah Vowell
"While I gave up God a long time ago, I never shook the habit of wanting to believe in something. So I replaced my creed of everlasting life with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Happiness, Life, Time, God, Habit, Liberty, Pursuit)

"Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves, Robert Lincoln bought a nice ski lodge."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Ski)

"We go in to liberate Cuba, but Cuba still isn't free; we don't really think through what we'll do after the initial treaty is signed, but we're still occupying. There's chaos and torture and finally an outcry."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Chaos)

"Assassins and presidents invite the same basic question: Just who do you think you are?"
- Sarah Vowell
"The one time I was an actor, it happened to be in a globally dominant juggernaut. That was lucky."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Time, Actor)

"The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Civil War-when I really think about them they all seem about as likely as the parting of the Red Sea."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: War, Constitution, Independence, Parting, Sea)

"Relics are treasured as something close to the divine."
- Sarah Vowell
"Part of the success of This American Life, I think, is due to the fact that none of us sound like we should be on the radio. We don't sound professional; we sound like people you would know."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Success, Life, People, American, Fact, Sound)

"One night last summer, all the killers in my head assembled on a stage in Massachusetts to sing show tunes."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Night, Summer)

"Not that I want the current president killed. I will, for the record and for the FBI agent assigned to read this and make sure I mean no harm, clearly state that while I am obsessed with death, I am against it."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Death, Harm, President, State, Want, Will)

"My audience is going to die before I do."
- Sarah Vowell
"Most people don't like to talk about violent historical death."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Death, People, Talk)

"Like Lincoln, I would like to believe the ballot is stronger than the bullet. Then again, he said that before he got shot."
- Sarah Vowell
"Jesus and Lincoln, Moses and Jefferson can seem so long gone, so unbelievable, so dead."
- Sarah Vowell
"In death, you get upgraded into a saint no matter how much people hated you in life."
- Sarah Vowell
(Related: Life, Death, People)

"What are you hiding? No one ever asks that."
- Sarah Vowell
"I'm a big fan of editing and keeping only the interesting bits in."
- Sarah Vowell
"I'm really not an avowed heterosexual. I'm no more proud of it than of being white or tall."
- George Weinberg
(Related: Being)

"The stone which Jacob consecrated at Bethel the generation of the living continues to anoint, paying the tithes which of old he vowed to the house of God there."
- Julius Wellhausen
(Related: God, Living, Old)

"When the venture has been made of dealing with historical events and characters, it always seems fair towards the reader to avow what liberties have been taken, and how much of the sketch is founded on history."
- Charlotte Mary Yonge
(Related: History, Events)