Miss Nancy, whose thoughts were always conducted with the propriety and moderation conspicuous in her manners, remarked to herself that the Miss Gunns were rather hard-featured than otherwise, and that such very low dresses as they wore might have been attributed to vanity if their shoulders had been pretty, but that, being as they were, it was not reasonable to suppose that they showed their necks from a love of display, but rather from some obligation not inconsistent
with sense and modesty.
The painter must introduce no ornament inconsistent
with the climate or country of his landscape; he must not plant cypress trees upon Inch-Merrin, or Scottish firs among the ruins of Persepolis; and the author lies under a corresponding restraint.
Heaven has not been thus inconsistent
in the works of its hands.
Thou dost reckon me thy friend, and thou wouldst rob me of honour, a thing wholly inconsistent
with friendship; and not only dost thou aim at this, but thou wouldst have me rob thee of it also.
They have decried all free government as inconsistent
with the order of society, and have indulged themselves in malicious exultation over its friends and partisans.
Had not Congress repeatedly recommended this measure as not inconsistent
with the fundamental principles of the Confederation?
Suddenly, as I watched their grotesque and unaccountable gestures, I perceived clearly for the first time what it was that had offended me, what had given me the two inconsistent
and conflicting impressions of utter strangeness and yet of the strangest familiarity.
The fourth point is consistency: for though the subject of the imitation, who suggested the type, be inconsistent
, still he must be consistently inconsistent
The palace of crystal may be an idle dream, it may be that it is inconsistent
with the laws of nature and that I have invented it only through my own stupidity, through the old-fashioned irrational habits of my generation.
To comply with this request of holding a few as hostages for the surrender of the whole body, was deemed inconsistent
with his instructions; but, as there could be no objection to allow a small number of them to return to their homes, permission was given to them to choose ten for the District of Minas (Horton) and ten for the District of Canard (Cornwallis) to whom leave of absence was given for one day, and on whose return a similar number were indulged in the same manner.
These fellow-mortals, every one, must be accepted as they are: you can neither straighten their noses, nor brighten their wit, nor rectify their dispositions; and it is these people--amongst whom your life is passed--that it is needful you should tolerate, pity, and love: it is these more or less ugly, stupid, inconsistent
people whose movements of goodness you should be able to admire-- for whom you should cherish all possible hopes, all possible patience.
I suppose you are always interfering with your own feelings,and those of other people, and dogmatizing about the irrationality of this, that, and the other sentiment, and then ordering it to be suppressed because you imagine it to be inconsistent