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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Inconsistency
 
  Mutability of temper and inconsistency with ourselves is the greatest weakness of human nature.
Joseph Addison.    
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  Nothing that is not a real crime makes a man appear so contemptible and little in the eyes of the world as inconstancy.
Joseph Addison.    
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  Men talk as if they believed in God, but they live as if they thought there was none: their vows and promises are no more than words of course.
Roger L’Estrange.    
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  We understand what we ought to do; but when we deliberate we play booty against ourselves: our consciences direct us one way, our corruptions hurry us another.
Roger L’Estrange.    
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  Only imagine a man acting for one single day on the supposition that all his neighbours believe all that they profess and act up to all that they believe. Imagine a man acting on the supposition that he may safely offer the deadliest injuries and insults to everybody who says that revenge is sinful; or that he may safely intrust all his property without security to any person who says that it is wrong to steal. Such a character would be too absurd for the wildest farce.
Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay: Sir James Mackintosh, July, 1835.    
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