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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... "
Essays, First Series - Page 52
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1879 - 290 pages
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The Monthly magazine

Monthly literary register - 1841
...minds, adored by little statesmen and 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 lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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Select Essays and Poems

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1808 - 120 pages
...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. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register

1841
...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. Out upon your guarded lips ! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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The Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository, Volume 54

1851
...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 be a man, speak what...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 333 pages
...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...tomorrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. —'Ah, so you shall be sure to be misunderstood.' — Is it so bad, then,...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 13

1848
...If you would be man'' says Emerson, " speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon-balls, and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words...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, Lectures and Orations

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
...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. Out upon your guarded lipsl Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...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. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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Twelve Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 261 pages
...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. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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Twelve Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 261 pages
...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. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread, do. Else, if you would be a man, speak what...
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