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S. Austin Allibone, comp.  Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay.  1880.
 
Constancy
 
  I must confess, there is something in the changeableness and inconstancy of human nature that very often both dejects and terrifies me. Whatever I am at present, I tremble to think what I may be. While I find this principle, how can I assure myself that I shall be always true to my God, my friend, or myself? In short, without constancy there is neither love, friendship, nor virtue in the world.
Joseph Addison.    
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  How much happier is he who … remains immovable, and smiles at the madness of the dance about him!
John Dryden.    
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  It is not to be imagined how far constancy will carry a man; however, it is better walking slowly in a rugged way than to break a leg and be a cripple.
John Locke.    
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  The lasting and crowning privilege, or rather property, of friendship is constancy.
Robert South.    
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  Constancy is such a stability and firmness of friendship as overlooks and passes by lesser failures of kindness, and yet still retains the same habitual good will to a friend.
Robert South.    
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