• Great men,
    Till they have gained their ends, are giants in
    Their promises, but, those obtained, weak pigmies
    In their performance. And it is a maxim
    Allowed among them, so they may deceive,
    They may swear anything; for the queen of love,
    As they hold constantly, does never punish,
    But smile, at lovers' perjuries.

    Philip Massinger (1848). “The Dramatic Works of Massinger and Ford. With an introduction, by Hartley Coleridge”, p.175