"Consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds," Keith Olbermann recited this week.
Uh, no. People often erroneously say "small," but the otherwise truth-squadding MSNBC personality also managed to miss the main point of the Ralph Waldo Emerson quotation.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Not every consistency is foolish. Write it down.
(For all you reference-book addicts, the recently published Yale Book of Quotations sounds like a promising alternative to the old familiar Bartlett's.)