I’ll take thy word for faith, not ask thine oath; Who shuns not to break one will sure crack both. (Pericles, Prince of Tyre)
I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the Officers appointed over me, according to the regulations and the uniform code of […]
On my honor, I will do my best To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; To help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.
It is not the oath that makes us believe the man, but the man the oath.
Oath, n. In law, a solemn appeal to the Deity, made binding upon the conscience by a penalty for perjury.
A liar freely gives his oath.
The Catholic textbooks go so far as to state that oaths of office taken by the President, Congressmen, Governor, judge, etc. if the person be a Catholic must be taken with the mental restriction that his upholding of the Constitution and laws is subject to their non-conflict with the laws of the Catholic Church.
Oaths are the fossils of piety.