C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


The foible of weak minds.


Without consistency there is no moral strength.


Consistency is the bugbear that frightens little minds.


With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.


To be rational is so glorious a thing that two-legged creatures generally content themselves with the title.


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


As flowers always wear their own colors and give forth their own fragrance every day alike, so should Christians maintain their character at all times and under all circumstances.


We feel something like respect for consistency even in error. We lament the virtue that is debauched into a vice; but the vice that affects a virtue becomes the more detestable.

Thomas Paine.

  • Tush! tush! my lassie, such thoughts resigne,
  • Comparisons are cruele:
  • Fine pictures suit in frames as fine,
  • Consistencie’s a jewell.
  • Jolly Robyn-Roughhead.

  • Gineral C. is a dreffle smart man:
  • He’s been on all sides that give places or pelf;
  • But consistency still wuz a part of his plan;
  • He’s been true to one party, and that is, himself;—
  • So John P.
  • Robinson, he
  • Sez he shall vote for Gineral C.
  • Lowell.