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CONSTANCY
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[ Also see Consistency Continuity Coquette Devotion Faith Fickleness Fidelity Firmness Friendship Honor Inconstancy Love Loyalty Mutability Patience Perseverance Resolution Steadfastness Treachery Truth ]

Without constancy, there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world.
      - Joseph Addison

Constancy will always be the genius of love, the indication of that strength which constitutes the poet. A man should possess all women in his wife, like those squalid poetasters of the seventeenth century who made fair Irises and dazzling Chloes of their lowly Manons.
      - Honore de Balzac

The mountain rill
  Seeks with no surer flow the far bright sea,
    Than my unchang'd affections flow to thee.
      - Park Benjamin

Constancy is a saint without a worshiper.
      - Marquis Stanislas Jean de Boufflers

Through perils both of wind and limb,
  Through thick and thin she follow'd him.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto II, l. 369)

Sooner shall this blue ocean melt to air,
  Sooner shall earth resolve itself to sea,
    Than I resign thine image, oh ,my fair!
      Or think of any thing, excepting thee.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan

A good man it is not mine to see; could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.
      - Confucius

True constancy no time no power can move;
  He that loath known to change, ne'er knew to love.
      - John Gay

Though youth be past, and beauty fled,
  The constant heart its pledge redeems,
    Like box, that guards the flowerless bed
      And brighter from the contrast seems.
      - Mrs. Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale

'Tis often constancy to change the mind.
      - John Hoole, Metastasio--Sieves

First shall the heaven's bright lamp forget to shine,
  The stars shall from the azur'd sky decline:
    First shall the orient with the west shake hand,
      The centre of the world shall cease to stand:
        First wolves shall league with lambs, the dolphins fly,
          The lawyer and physician fees deny;
            The Thames with Tagus shall exchange her bed,
              My mistress' locks wish mine shall first turn red;
                First heav'n shall lie below, and hell above,
                  Ere I inconstant to my Delia prove.
      - James Howell (Howel)

Changeless march the stars above,
  Changeless morn succeeds to even;
    And the everlasting hills,
      Changeless watch the changeless heaven.
      - Charles Kingsley, Saint's Tragedy
         (act II, sc. 2)

The constancy of the wise is only the art of keeping disquietude to one's self.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

Then come the wild weather, come sleet or come snow,
  We will stand by each other; however it blow.
    Oppression, and sickness, and sorrow, and pain
      Shall be to our true love as links to the chain.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues.
      - Giuseppe Mazzini

Oh, the heart, that has truly loved, never forgets,
  But as truly loves on to the close,
    As the sun-flower turns on her god, when he sets,
      The same look which she turn'd when he rose.
      - Thomas Moore

There is nothing but death
  Our affections can sever,
    And till life's latest breath
      Love shall bind us for ever.
      - James Gates Percival

Tell him I love him yet,
  As in that joyous time;
    Tell him I ne'er forget,
      Though memory now be crime.
      - Winthrop Mackworth Praed

Abra was ready ere I call'd her name;
  And, though I call'd another, Abra came.
      - Matthew Prior,
        Solomon on the Vanity of the World
         (bk. II, l. 364)

I am constant as the northern star, of whose true-fixed and resting quality there is no fellow in the firmament.
      - William Shakespeare

Now from head to foot I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon
  No planet is of mine.
      - William Shakespeare

Were man but constant, he were perfect.
      - William Shakespeare

My resolution's placed, and I have nothing
  Of woman in me: now from head to foot
    I am marble-constant: now the fleeting moon
      No planet is of mine.
      - William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
         (Cleopatra at V, ii)

O constancy, be strong upon my side,
  Set a huge mountain 'tween my heart and tongue!
    I have a man's mind, but a woman's might.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Portia at II, iv)

I could be well moved, if I were as you;
  If I could pray to move, prayers would move me:
    But I am constant as the Northern Star,
      Of whose true-fixed and resting quality
        There is no fellow in the firmament.
      - William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar
         (Caesar at III, i)


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