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Daemon
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A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
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A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
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Daemon wrote:
A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)
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Sometimes it is hard to keep a promise; however, an honest person, when there is nothing in his/her way, should, of course, do his/her best not to break his/her promise.
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Context from : Letter From Alexander Hamilton

To Philip A. Hamilton,

5 December 1791


I received with great pleasure My Dear Philip the letter which you wrote me last week.2 Your Mama and myself were very happy to learn that you are pleased with your situation and content to stay as long as shall be thought for your good. We hope and believe that nothing will happen to alter this disposition.

Your Master also informs me that you recited a lesson the first day you began, very much to his satisfaction. I expect every letter from him will give me a fresh proof of your progress. For I know that you can do a great deal, if you please, and I am sure you have too much spirit not to exert yourself, that you may make us every day more and more proud of you.

Your Mama has got an Ovid for you and is looking up your Mairs introduction.3 If it cannot be found tomorrow another will be procured and the books with the other articles she promised to send you will be forwarded in two or three days.

You remember that I engaged to send for you next Saturday and I will do it, unless you request me to put it off. For a promise must never be broken; and I never will make you one, which I will not fulfil as far as I am able. But it has occurred to me that the Christmas holidays are near at hand, and I suppose your school will then break up for some days and give you an opportunity of coming to stay with us for a longer time than if you should come on Saturday. Will it not be best for you, therefore, to put off your journey till the holidays? But determine as you like best and let me know what will be most pleasing to you.

A good night to my darling son.   Adieu

A Hamilton

Master Philip A Hamilton

https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Hamilton/01-09-02-0419
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Circumstances and external factors sometimes make it hard to keep promises up.
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 7:33:27 AM

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The statement that promises should never be broken is over-simplified for dramatic effect.

Some promises must be broken, and in defense of that, those promises should never have been made.
"I promise I won't tell." Will be broken when I find you doing personal harm.
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Daemon wrote:
A promise must never be broken.

Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804)


Yeah. Some promises are already compromised long before they are being given...
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Jeffersonian's rule !!!
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Yes, this is a misquote when taken simplistically. He even says just after it "as far as I am able" - which includes not only adverse circumstances but good judgement and free will.

So, all in all, a very silly choice of quote. It doesn't mean blindly follow a promise.
It means 'I'll try to do that'. Of course if you promise a child something you should try to follow through and not just ignore it, but making this out to be some grand moral statement is misrepresenting the entire correspondence.


Very badly done, Tfd.

At least the constant quotes from nineteenth and early twentieth century authors are just boring and unimaginative. This one is substantively misleading!
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