"All conservatism is based on the idea that if you leave things alone you leave them as they are. But you do not. If you leave a thing alone you leave it to a torrent of change." -- G. K. Chesterton (1908)
"If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change." -- Giuseppe de Lampedusa (1957)
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesment and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance."
"A man of great common sense and good taste, meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage." -- G.B. Shaw, notes for Julius Caesar
"It is the nature, and the advantage, of strong people that they can bring out the crucial questions and form a clear opinion about them. The weak always have to decide between alternatives that are not their own." -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Resistance and Submission, 1951