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CONSISTENCY
[ Also see Character Constancy Firmness Inconsistency Reason Reputation ]

Of right and wrong he taught
  Truths as refined as ever Athens heard;
    And (strange to tell) he practis'd what he preach'd.
      - John Armstrong, Art of Preserving Health
         (bk. IV, l. 301)

As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.
      - Bernard Berenson

No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy.
  [Lat., Nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Epistoloe ad Atticum (bk. XVI, 8)

Consistency is the bugbear that frightens little minds.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

The foible of weak minds.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Self-Reliance

With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. . . . Speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essays--Self-Reliance

Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:
  He's been on all sides that give places or pelf;
    But consistency still wuz a part of his plan;
      He's been true to one party, and that is, himself;--
        So John P.
          Robinson, he
            Sez he shall vote for Gineral C.
      - James Russell Lowell, The Biglow Papers
         (series I, no. 3)

Without consistency there is no moral strength.
      - Robert Owen

We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable.
      - Thomas Paine

You are harping on the same string.
  [Lat., Cantilenam candem canis.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Phormio
         (III, 2, 10)

Tush! Tush! my lassie, such thoughts resigne,
  Comparisons are cruele:
    Fine pictures suit in frames as fine,
      Consistencie's a jewell.
        For thee and me coarse cloathes are best,
          Rude folks in homelye raiment drest,
            Wife Joan and goodman Robin.
      - Unknown, Jolly Robyn-Roughhead,
        fake ballad appeared in American Newspaper


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