|Hoyt & Roberts, comps. Hoyts New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations. 1922.|
| Of right and wrong he taught|
Truths as refind as ever Athens heard;
And (strange to tell) he practisd what he preachd.
John ArmstrongArt of Preserving Health. Bk. IV. L. 302.
|Tush! Tush! my lassie, such thoughts resigne,|
Comparisons are cruele:
Fine pictures suit in frames as fine,
Consistencies a jewell.
For thee and me coarse cloathes are best,
Rude folks in homelye raiment drest,
Wife Joan and goodman Robin.
Jolly Robyn-Roughhead. (Fake ballad. Appeared in American Newspaper, 1867.)
| Nemo doctus unquam mutationem consilii inconstantiam dixit esse.|
No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy.
CiceroEp. ad Atticum. Bk. XVI. 8.
| A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.|
| 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.|
|Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:|
Hes been on all sides that give places or pelf;
But consistency still wuz a part of his plan;
Hes been true to one party, and that is, himself;
So John P.
Sez he shall vote for Gineral C.
LowellThe Biglow Papers. Series I. No. 3.
| Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent.|
Horatio SmithTin Trumpet. Vol. I. P. 273.
|Cantilenam eandem canis.|
You are harping on the same string.
TerencePhormio. III. 2. 10.