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On Consistency...


If you do the same thing each time, you’ll get the same result. It seems obvious, but watch people abroad trying to communicate with foreigners. When the other person doesn’t understand, the speaker just says it again and again, often louder and slower (as the person they’re talking to seems to be just a bit stupid).

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conservatism, education, foolishness, people, resistance


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

Bernard Berenson

‘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.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘Consistency is contrary to nature, contrary to life. The only completely consistent people are the dead.’

Aldous Huxley

‘Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘If you have always done it that way, it’s probably wrong.’

Charles F. Kettering

‘Consistency is the enemy of enterprise, just as symmetry is the enemy of art.’

George Bernard Shaw

‘Consistency is the last resort of the unimaginative.’

Oscar Wilde


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