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Published Thursday, June 16, 2016 @ 9:54 PM EDT
Jun 16 2016

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.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

A skeptic is one who is willing to question any claim to truth, asking for clarity in definition, consistency in logic, and adequacy of evidence.
-Paul Kurtz

As far as consistency of thought goes, I prefer inconsistency.
-John Cage

Consistency is a paste jewel that only cheap men cherish.
-William Allen White

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

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are dead.
-Aldous Huxley

Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.
-Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the most overrated of all human virtues... I'm someone who changes his mind all the time.
-Malcolm Gladwell

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

Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
-Maya Angelou

God exists since mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists since we cannot prove the consistency.
-Morris Kline

In principle and in practice, in a right track and in a wrong one, the rarest of all human qualities is consistency.
-Jeremy Bentham

Libertarians sometimes prove that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, and that there is a difference between logic and wisdom.
-Molly Ivins

To doubt one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Don't defend past actions; what is right today may be wrong tomorrow. Don't be consistent; consistency is the refuge of fools.
-Hyman Rickover

To maintain naming consistency, FLAs (four letter acronyms) will hereinafter be referred to as ETLAs (extended three letter acronyms). (Digital Equipment Corporation memo.)
-Variously attributed

We are not interested in the fact that the brain has the consistency of cold porridge.
-Alan Turing



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