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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Consistency
 
  This mode of arguing from your having done any thing in a certain line to the necessity of doing every thing has political consequences of other moment than those of a logical fallacy.
Edmund Burke: Appeal from the New to the Old Whigs, 1791.    
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  One who wishes to preserve consistency, but who would preserve consistency by varying his means to secure the unity of his end.
Edmund Burke.    
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  Steady to my principles, and not dispirited with my afflictions, I have, by the blessing of God on my endeavours, overcome all difficulties; and, in some measure, acquitted myself of the debt which I owed the public when I undertook this work.
John Dryden.    
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  This discovers to us the expedient of a steadiness and consistency of conduct, and renders the having willed a thing a motive with us to will it still, until some cogent reason shall occur to the contrary.
Abraham Tucker.    
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  Another of these pretenders to being, or being thought to be, wise, prides himself on what he calls his consistency,—on his never changing his opinions or plans; which, as long as man is fallible, and circumstances change, is the wisdom of one either too dull to detect his mistakes, or too obstinate to own them.
Richard Whately: Annot. on Bacon’s Essay, Of Seeming Wise.    
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  It is a mere idle declamation about consistency to represent it as a disgrace to a man to confess himself wiser to-day than yesterday.
Richard Whately.    
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