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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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The Ridpath Library of Universal Literature: A Biographical and ..., Volume 9

John Clark Ridpath - 1903
...happy, yet did not regret his dissuasion from the battle. — Essay on Heroism. 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 his shadow on the wall. Out upon his guarded...
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Emerson As Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal ...

...judgments, even if it seems that we contradict ourselves. So what, Emerson seems to say: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do — Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speaks what to-morrow...
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Musings of a Thelemite

Frater Da'neos - 2003 - 164 pages
...be damned. At least I have Emerson to come to my defense, in his essay "Self -Reliance": 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 his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal

Robert Fogelin - 2003 - 224 pages
...then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot. I will spue thee out of my mouth. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance" Do I contradict myself? Very well then ......
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Years of Fulfillment

Mary Lutyens - 2003 - 248 pages
...all his clothes to someone in need. He once gave away his only overcoat. Emerson has said, 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.' If in nothing else, the inconsistencies in K's character would make him a great...
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Unpopular Culture: The Ritual of Complaint in a British Bank

John Weeks - 2004 - 166 pages
...behavior will bring operations grinding to a halt, Emerson's words were never more true: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Ambiguity and inconsistency are the manager's hammer and sickle. There is an important ambiguity inherent...
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Voyage to Insight

Ronda Chervin, Lois August Janis - 2003 - 151 pages
...Here are some lines from those who doubt that logic is the only way to steer toward truth: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. " Emerson (1803-1 882) "No generalization is wholly true, not even this one. Oliver Wendell Holmes,...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pages
...leaving or reliefor quitting or release or shunning or allowing or deliverance, which is freedom as in "Leave your theory as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee"), together further with something he means by trusting or suffering (as in the image of the traveler...
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Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth

Laura Dassow Walls, John H Bennett Jr Chair of Southern Letters Laura Dassow Walls, Laura Dassow - 2003 - 280 pages
..."Whim." Anticipating objections, he deflates them with one of his best-known oneliners: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."40 And yet, how inconsistent is Emerson, really? Perhaps there are no inconsistencies if the...
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Essays Series 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 252 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God 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 shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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