Source: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive (2009). p. 80.
According to Oscar Wilde, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” A similarly disdainful Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.” And finally, Aldous Huxley noted, “The only truly consistent people are dead.” Why is it more likely that these famous authors made these statements when they were young whippersnappers rather than when they were elderly sages, and what could this mean for your attempts to influence others?
The term "hobgoblin" is used sometimes to mean a superficial object that is a source of (often imagined) fear or trouble.