Subjects — I
No author ever drew a character consistent to human nature, but he was forced to ascribe to it many inconsistencies.
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.
All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.
— Animal Farm
The world is just too complicated for a person to be able to afford the luxury of reconciling all of his beliefs with each other. Tension and confusion are important in a world where many decisions must be made quickly.
— Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid, p. 698, Basic Books, Inc., 1999 (orig. 1979)
To doubt one’s own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Don’t defend past actions; what is right today may be wrong tomorrow. Don’t be consistent; consistency is the refuge of fools.
— Speech to US Naval Post Graduate School, March 16, 1954