An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Consistency is the foundation of virtue.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Consistency is the foundation of virtue.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


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


Bernard Berenson (1865-1959, Lithuanian-born American artist)


Consistency, madam, is the first of Christian duties.


Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855, British novelist)


No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


True consistency, that of the prudent and the wise, is to act in conformity with circumstances, and not to act always the same way under a change of circumstances.


John C. Calhoun (1782-1850, American statesman)


No well-informed person ever imputed inconsistency to another for changing his mind.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


The world's a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature, is inconstancy.


Abraham Cowley (1618-1667, British poet)


We cannot remain consistent with the world save by growing inconsistent with our past selves.


Havelock Ellis (1859-1939, British psychologist)


A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.... Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don't blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as for the body.


Aldous Huxley (1894-1963, British author)


Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Consistency is only suitable for ridicule.


Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622-1673, French playwright)


Constants aren't.


John Peers (American businessman, president of Logical Machine)


Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.


Horatio Smith


There is nothing in this world constant but inconstancy.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency, and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency, and a vice.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he sticks in a rut.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Without consistency there is no moral strength.


Author Unknown


Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.


Stephen Vizinczey (1933-, Hungarian novelist, critic)


To be honest, one must be inconsistent.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


Consistency is a paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.


William Allen White (1868-1944, American editor, writer)


Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


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