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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
 
NUMBER:10422
AUTHOR:Appendix
QUOTATION:Consistency, thou art a jewel.
ATTRIBUTION:This is one of those popular sayings—like “Be good, and you will be happy,” or “Virtue is its own reward”—that, 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.”
 

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