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Hoyt & Roberts, comps.  Hoyt’s New Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations.  1922.
 
Inconstancy
 
I hate inconstancy—I loathe, detest,
  Abhor, condemn, abjure the mortal made
Of such quicksilver clay that in his breast
  No permanent foundation can be laid.
        Byron—Don Juan. Canto II. St. 209.
  1
They are not constant but are changing still.
        Cymbeline. Act II. Sc. 5. L. 30.
  2
O, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon,
That monthly changes in her circled orb,
Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.
        Romeo and Juliet. Act II. Sc. 2. L. 109.
  3
          Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
  Or bends with the remover to remove;
O, no! it is an ever-fixed mark
  That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
  Whose worth’s unknown, although his height be taken.
        Sonnet CXVI.
  4
Or as one nail by strength drives out another,
So the remembrance of my former love
Is by a newer object quite forgotten.
        Two Gentlemen of Verona. Act II. Sc. 4. L. 193.
  5
I loved a lass, a fair one,
  As fair as e’er was seen;
She was indeed a rare one,
  Another Sheba queen:
But, fool as then I was,
  I thought she loved me too:
But now, alas! she’s left me,
  Falero, lero, loo!
        George Wither—I Loved a Lass.
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