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The Dwarven Vows (ドワーフの誓い Dowaafu no Chikai?) are a collection of proverbs all dwarves strive to fulfill throughout their lifetime in Tales of Symphonia. These vows are passed on through generations to instill the values and morals of the dwarven people in their children. In Tales of Symphonia, Dirk raised Lloyd Irving with constant exposure to these vows, repeating them frequently to Lloyd during his childhood to ensure he will hold faithful to them in the future. In a skit, it is revealed that to teach Lloyd the Dwarven Vows, Dirk would withhold his supper if he got them wrong.


Number Proverb
1 Let's all work together for a peaceful world.
2 Never abandon someone in need.
4 Don't depend on others. Walk on your own two legs.
5 The more you add, the worse it gets.
7 Justice and love will always win. (Battle)
Goodness and love will always win. (Story)
9 Fall down seven times, stand up eight.
10 Play hard, play often.
11 Lying is the first step down the path of thievery.
14 Even a small star shines in the darkness.
16 You can do anything if you try.
18 It's better to be deceived than to deceive.
24 Never let your feet run faster than your shoes.
32 Cross even a stone bridge after you've tested it.
41 It's better to begin in the evening than not at all. (Tales of Symphonia)
Haste makes waste. (Tales of the World: Radiant Mythology)
43 Never forget the basics.
55 A bad workman blames his tools.
108 Let sleeping dogs lie.
134 Compassion benefits all men.