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" What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, — "But these impulses may be from below, not from above." I replied, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child. I will live... "
Twelve Essays - Page 42
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1849 - 261 pages
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Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

Richard Alan Krieger - 2007 - 344 pages
...Junius "The good need fear no law; it is their safety, and the bad man's awe." — Philip Massinger "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." — Emerson "The reason of the law is the law." — Sir Walter Scott "Good laws make it easier to do...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pages
...that his inner impulses may be from below, not from above, and remembered being prompted to reply: "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the...Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.") He hopes it is somewhat better than whim at last — for as with prophecy you can only know the true...
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Moral Capitalism: Reconciling Private Interest with the Public Good

Stephen Young - 2003 - 226 pages
...I to do with the sacredness of tradition, if I live wholly from within? My friend suggested—'But these impulses may be from below, not from above.' I replied, 'They do not seem to be to be such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.'" 24 If Emerson was...
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Trying It Out in America: Literary and Other Performances

Richard Poirier, Wilson Follett - 2003 - 332 pages
...Lost, which induced Blake to say that Milton was of the Devil's party and Emerson to say, after Blake: "If I am the Devil's child I will live then from the Devil"; it can be heard more genially in the verbal duels of Hotspur and Glendower in Henry IV, Part One, in...
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Emerson

Lawrence Buell - 2004 - 416 pages
...festival of the earth and a foretaste of the Superman. (Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra, part i) "If I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." (Emerson, "Self-Reliance," W 2: 30) I whisper this advice in the ear of him possessed of a devil: "Better...
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Emerson As Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal ...

...are those who consider self-reliance too subjective as the basis of authority, but as Emerson says, "no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." For good or ill, we have only ourselves to go by, our own sense of right and wrong. People tend to...
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The Literary Wittgenstein

John Gibson, Wolfgang Huemer - 2004 - 356 pages
...On my saying, "What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, - "But these impulses may be...the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." VIII (a) My account will be hard to follow: because it says something new but still has egg-shells...
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The Battle for the American Mind: A Brief History of a Nation's Thought

Carl J. Richard - 2004 - 357 pages
..."innocence." He retorted to those who said that the impulses of his intuition might be the voice of the devil, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." He added, "I like the silent church before the service begins better than any preaching." Intuition...
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A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 392 pages
...to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within? my friend suggested,—"But these impulses may be from below, not from above."...replied, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if 1 am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." No law can be sacred to me but that of my...
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On Being Authentic

Charles B. Guignon - 2004 - 185 pages
...Emerson, who in "Self-Reliance" wrote: "Nothing is sacred but the integrity of your own mind. . . . No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names very transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what...
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