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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. "
Essays, Lectures and Orations - Page 28
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
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The Monthly magazine

Monthly literary register - 1841
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard iĀ» cannon-balls, and to morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict...
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 371 pages
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. Ah, then, exclaim the aged ladies, you shall be sure to be misunderstood....
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The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register

1841
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls, and to morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 303 pages
...^nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every...
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The Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository, Volume 54

1851
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do ! Else, if you would...though it contradict everything you said to-day." He cares not for being " misunderstood ;" his consolation is, that to be "misunderstood" is a mark...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 333 pages
...He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. ā€”'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' ā€” Is it so bad, then,...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 13

1848
...hampered by their own utterances more than by other men's ā€” " If you would be man'' says Emerson, " speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls,...though it contradict everything you said to-day." These headstrong sages, full of noble caprice, of lofty humors, often pour forth in their wild profusion...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything...
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Twelve Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 261 pages
...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard as camion balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every...
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