Predicament, n. The wage of consistency.
We are all inconsistent. We are offended and resent it when people do not respect us; and yet in his private heart no man much respects himself.
No thinker has ever said that a change of mind was inconsistency.
Inconsistencies of opinion, arising from changes of circumstances, are often justifiable.
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. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard […]
Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)
The world is quite right. It does not have to be consistent.
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
Those who honestly mean to be true contradict themselves more rarely than those who try to be consistent.
Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect – simply a confession of failures.