a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on

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a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on

A humorous phrase emphasizing the lack of value and reliability in an oral contract. Typically attributed to 20th-century movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn, though the phrase is likely a misquote. Get everything in writing, Jean. How many times do I have to tell you—a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on. Of course the boss is backpedaling after telling you you'd get a raise—a verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on! My dad was a lawyer, and one of his big axioms was, "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on."
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