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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. "
The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays. 1st series - Page 391
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1903
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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...man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard i» 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
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...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
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...cannon-balls, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict every thing you said to-day. Ah, then, exclaim the aged ladies,...
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The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register

1841
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...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
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply ^nothing...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
...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...cannonballs, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again, though it contradict everything you said to-day." He cares not for being " misunderstood...
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Essays

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 333 pages
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...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,...
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Essays, orations and lectures

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 385 pages
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...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, Lectures and Orations

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1848 - 364 pages
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...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 you think to-day in...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 13

1848
...hampered by their own utterances more than by other men's — " 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 again, though it contradict everything you said to-day." These headstrong sages, full of...
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