Consistency Quotes


Here are 26 consistency quotes.


A consistent man believes in destiny, a capricious man in chance. -Benjamin Disraeli

A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not. -Stephen Vizinczey

Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead. -Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)

Consistency is the foundation of virtue. -Francis Bacon

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. -Oscar Wilde

Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago. -Bernard Berenson

Constancy is the complement of all other human virtues. -Giuseppe Mazzini

Constants aren’t. -John Peers

I pray to be like the ocean, with soft currents, maybe waves at times. More and more, I want the consistency rather than the highs and the lows. -Drew Barrymore

Inconsistency is the only thing in which men are consistent. -Horatio Smith

Let your character be kept up the very end, just as it began, and so be consistent. -Horace (BC 65-8)

Look to make your course regular, that men may know beforehand what they may expect. -Francis Bacon

No well-informed person has declared a change of opinion to be inconstancy. -Cicero

The constancy of the wise is only the talent of concealing the agitation of their hearts. -Francois de la Rochefoucauld

The secret to success is constancy to purpose. -Benjamin Disraeli

The world’s a scene of changes, and to be constant, in nature, is inconstancy. -Abraham Cowley (1618-1667)

There are those who would misteach us that to stick in a rut is consistency, and a virtue, and that to climb out of the rut is inconsistency, and a vice. -Mark Twain (1835-1910)

There must be consistency in direction. -W. Edwards Deming

Too much consistency is as bad for the mind as for the body. -Aldous Huxley

We cannot remain consistent with the world save by growing inconsistent with our past selves. -Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

What, then, is the true Gospel of consistency? Change. Who is the really consistent man? The man who changes. Since change is the law of his being, he cannot be consistent if he sticks in a rut. -Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Whoever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings. -Joseph Joubert

With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do…. Speak what you think today in words as hard as cannon balls, and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradicts everything you said today. -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Without consistency there is no moral strength. -Owen

You accuse a woman of wavering affections, but don’t blame her; she is just looking for a consistent man. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Notice how there’s two directions these consistency quotes go in? 

What are your thoughts? 

Any of these you find helpful?



Consistency requires you to be as ignorant today as you were a year ago.

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    • Amulya Kumar Mishra
    • January 15, 2011

    Where consistency is a main ingrediment to success we shpild not stick to it when we come to know we are in a wrong direction.

    • Lee
    • February 6, 2011

    Hi Shawn, I found these quotes very interesting, thank you for sharing them.

    Here are some of my thoughts and one quote that caught my eye:

    Consistency is important becomes it makes a situation run smooth. Consistent means to flow continuously so if something flows in sync, everything runs correctly.

    To stay consistent is to show that you are someone that can be counted on and you will provide the same amount of service each time.

    Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. ~ … –Maya Angelou

    Have a lovely day!

    • J.B. Walker
    • February 20, 2011

    Nicely said Lee.

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