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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. "
History, Self-reliance, Nature, Spiritual Laws, The American Scholar - Page 52
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1902 - 180 pages
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The Monthly magazine

Monthly literary register - 1841
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has (imply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded...
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...when the devout motions 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 of the harlot, and flee. 12. Why are people afraid of seeming inconsistent ? 13. How does E. picture the man who fears to be...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 303 pages
...when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory as Joseph...^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...
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The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register

1841
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand...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...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1841 - 371 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand...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...
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The Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository, Volume 54

1851
...whether what he is saying now may not contradict what he said five minutes ago. Hence his advice : " With consistency a great soul has simply 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...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 333 pages
...when the devout motions 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 of the harlot, and flee. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by...
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Essays, Lectures and Orations

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory as Joseph his coat in the hand of...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded lipsl Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand...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...
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Twelve Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 261 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape tnd colour. Leave your theory as Joseph his coat in the hand of...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...
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