Broken Promises Sayings and Quotes

When someone doesn’t follow through with what they promised, it can be devastating. Whether in business or personal relationships, dealing with someone who doesn’t follow through can cause turmoil. Below you’ll find a collection of wise and insightful broken promises quotes.

Broken vows are like broken mirrors. They leave those who held to them bleeding and staring at fractured images of themselves.     

Richard Paul Evans

Eggs and oaths are easily broken.     

Danish Proverb

Half the promises people say were never kept, were never made.     

Edgar Watson Howe

Promises and pie crusts are made to be broken.     

Jonathan Swift

Some persons make promises for the pleasure of breaking them.     

William Hazlitt

Some promises are better left unsaid.     

Ashlee Simpson

Promises are like crying babies in a theater, they should be carried out at once.     

Norman Vincent Peale

Liars make the best promises.     

Pierce Brown

Sometimes your pledges become your problems.     

Amit Kalantri

But promises based on ignorance always prove disappointing.     

Jussi Adler-Olsen

Promises mean everything, but after they are broken, sorry means nothing.     


Oaths are but words, and words but wind.     

Samuel Butler

He loses his thanks who promises and delays.     


A promise made is a debt unpaid.     

Robert Service

For every promise, there is price to pay.     

Jim Rohn

Promises are like the full moon, if they are not kept at once they diminish day by day.     

German Proverb

One must have a good memory to be able to keep the promises one makes.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Better break your word than do worse in keeping it.     

Thomas Fuller

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.     

Niccolo Machiavelli

When a man repeats a promise again and again, he means to fail you.     

English Proverb

It's useless to hold a person to anything he says while he's in love, drunk, or running for office.     

Shirley MacLaine

Promises may fit the friends, but non-performance will turn them into enemies.     

Benjamin Franklin

There is no greater fraud than a promise not kept.     

Gaelic Proverb

Breach of promise is a base surrender of truth.     

Mohandas Gandhi

The best way to keep one's word is not to give it.     

Napoleon Bonaparte

Promises make debt, and debt makes promises.     

Dutch Proverb

We must not promise what we ought not, lest we be called on to perform what we cannot.     

Abraham Lincoln

When a man takes an oath... he's holding his own self in his own hands. Like water. And if he opens his fingers then - he needn't hope to find himself again.     

Robert Bolt

All promise outruns performance.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Better a broken promise than none at all.     

Mark Twain