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At the time of writing, I never think of what I have said before. My aim is not to be consistent with my previous statements on a given question, but to be consistent with the truth, as it may present itself to me at a given moment. The result has been that I have grown from truth to truth; I have saved my memory an undue strain; and what is more, whenever I have been obliged to compare my writing even of fifty years ago with the latest, I have discovered no inconsistency between the two. But friends who observe inconsistency, will do well to take the meaning my latest writing may yield, unless they prefer the old. But before making the choice, they should try to see if there is not an underlying and abid ing consistency between the two seeming inconsistencies.

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