“Consistency is a virtue for trains: what we want from a philosopher is insights, whether he comes by them consistently or not.”
“Virtue has never been as respectable as money”
“I think vital religion has always suffered when orthodoxy is more regarded than virtue. The scriptures assure me that at the last day we shall not be examined on what we thought but what we did.”
“Search others for their virtues, thy self for thy vices”
“Hypocrisy is a fashionable vice, and all fashionable vices pass for virtue”
“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”
“What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have never been discovered.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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