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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Swearing (10 Quotations)

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Take not God's name in vain; select a time when it will have effect.
~ Ambrose Bierce

 

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'Twas but my tongue, 'twas not my soul that swore.
~ Euripides

 

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Grant me some wild expressions, Heavens, or I shall burst.
~ George Farquhar

 

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Ethelberta breathed a sort of exclamation, not right out, but stealthily, like a parson's damn.
~ Thomas Hardy

 

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I've tried to reduce profanity but I reduced so much profanity when writing the book that I'm afraid not much could come out. Perhaps we will have to consider it simply as a profane book and hope that the next book will be less profane or perhaps more sacred.
~ Ernest Hemingway

 

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Oaths are the fossils of piety.
~ George Santayana

 

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A whoreson jackanapes must take me up for swearing; as if I borrowed mine oaths of him and might not spend them at my pleasure. When a gentleman is disposed to swear, it is not for any standers-by to curtail his oaths, ha?
~ William Shakespeare

 

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It comes to pass oft that a terrible oath, with a swaggering accent sharply twanged off, gives manhood more approbation than ever proof itself would have earned him.
~ William Shakespeare

 

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Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day.
~ Richard Brinsley Sheridan

 

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A footman may swear; but he cannot swear like a lord. He can swear as often: but can he swear with equal delicacy, propriety, and judgment?
~ Jonathan Swift

 

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