Maintaining a dependable character and goals over time.

a.k.a. constancy

“…constancy requires that those who possess it pursue the same goods through extended periods of time, not allowing the requirements of changing social contexts to distract them from their commitments.” —Alasdair MacIntyre

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices


Virtues possibly in tension

How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links


Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “Decide first what type of person you want to be and stick to it. Be the same person whether you are by yourself or with others.” —Epictetus, Enchiridion
  • “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds… With consistency a great soul has nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall.” —Emerson, Self-Reliance