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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 ]

He that parts us shall bring a brand from heaven
  And fire us hence like foxes.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at V, iii)

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more!
  Men were deceivers ever,
    One foot in sea, and one on shore;
      To one thing constant never.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Much Ado About Nothing
         (Balthasar at II, ii)

O heaven, were man
  But constant, he were perfect! That one error
    Fills him with faults, makes him run through all th' sins;
      Inconstancy falls off ere it begins.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Two Gentlemen of Verona
         (Proteus at V, iv)

I would have men of such constancy put to sea, that their business might be everything, and their intent everywhere; for that's it that always makes a good voyage of nothing.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Clown at II, iv)

If ever thou shalt love,
  In the sweet pangs of it remember me;
    For such as I am all true lovers are,
      Unstaid and skittish in all motions else
        Save in the constant image of the creature
          That is beloved.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at II, iv)

The lasting and crowning privilege of friendship is constancy.
      - Bishop Robert South

Through thick and thin, both over banck and bush,
  In hope her to attaine by hooke or crooke.
      - Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene
         (bk. III, canto I, st. 17)

Out upon it! I have lov'd
  Three whole days together;
    And am like to love three more,
      If it prove fair weather.
      - Sir John Suckling, Constancy

Whatever is genuine in social relations endures, despite of time, error, absence, and destiny; and that which has no inherent vitality had better die at once. A great poet has truly declared that constancy is no virtue, but a fact.
      - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

Constancy is the chimera of love.
      - Luc de Clapier de Vauvanargues

The love that is kept in the beauty of trust,
  Cannot pass like the foam from the seas,
    Or a mark that the finger hath trac'd in the dust,
      Where 't is swept by the breath of the breeze.
      - Mrs. Amelia Ball Welby (nee Coppuck)

-----I have won
  Thy heart, my gentle girl! but it hath been
    When that soft eye was on me; and the love I told beneath the evening influence,
      Shall be as constant as its gentle star.
      - Nathaniel Parker Willis


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