|John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.|
|QUOTATION:||Consistency, thou art a jewel.|
|ATTRIBUTION:||This is one of those popular sayingslike Be good, and you will be happy, or Virtue is its own rewardthat, like Topsy, never was born, only jist growed. From the earliest times it has been the popular tendency to call this or that cardinal virtue, or bright and shining excellence, a jewel, by way of emphasis. For example, Iago says,|
- Good name, in man or woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their souls.