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" A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now... "
The Monthly magazine - Page 487
by Monthly literary register - 1841
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Emerson, Volume 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1899
...memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand - eyed present, and live ever in a new day. In your metaphysics you have denied personality to...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1900 - 574 pages
...in this or that public place? Suppose you should contradict yourself : what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1900 - 574 pages
...in this or that public place ? Suppose you should contradict yourself : what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great souV has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1900 - 574 pages
...Suppose you should contradict yourself : what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobJ goblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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A Second Manual of Composition: Designed for Secondary Schools

Edwin Herbert Lewis - 1900 - 579 pages
...of honoring the simple word. Note the force of "little" in Emerson's famous sentence : " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." 1 See pp. 328-329. Note the vigor of the everyday words in a profound remark of the French writer Joubert....
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Essays. 1901

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1901
...memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day. In your metaphysics you have denied personality to...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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History, Self-reliance, Nature, Spiritual Laws, The American Scholar

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 180 pages
...soul come, yield to them 1 heart and life, though they should clothe God I with shape and color. Leave your theory, \ as Joseph his coat, in the hand...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadowon the wall. Speak what you think...
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Introductory Lessons in English Literature: For High Schools and Academies

Israel C. McNeill, Samuel Adams Lynch - 1901 - 376 pages
...bring the past for judgment into240 the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the 245 wall. Speak what you think...
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Composition and Rhetoric for Higher Schools

Sara Elizabeth Husted Lockwood - 1901 - 470 pages
...upon him, — for his name is Francis Ex. 2. [Central idea.] Danger of false consistency. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1901 - 574 pages
...place? Suppose you should contradict yourself: what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the l1obgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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