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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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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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Bound to Please: An Extraordinary One-volume Literary Education : Essays on ...

Michael Dirda - 2005 - 525 pages
...Quaker's "inner light or still small voice," for example, lies behind the moralist's insistence that "no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." "The universe," as he says elsewhere, "is the externalization of the soul." Near the end of his book,...
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The Second Great Awakening and the Transcendentalists

Barry Hankins - 2004 - 200 pages
...human beings was a prelude to his famous essay "Self Reliance," published in 1841. There, he wrote, "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. . . . [T]he only right is what is after my constitution; the only wrong what is against it."20 Contrast...
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The Literary Wittgenstein

John Gibson, John Gibson, Dr, Wolfgang Huemer - 2004 - 356 pages
...On my saying. "What have I to do with the sarredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, - "But these impulses may be from below, not from ahove." I replied, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then...
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Words and Values: Some Leading Words and where They Lead Us

Peggy Rosenthal - 2005 - 295 pages
...church. 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...No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. A Renaissance character might have made such a blasphemous self-assertion, setting his own sacredness...
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Secular Revelations: The Constitution of the United States and Classic ...

Mitchell Meltzer - 2005 - 192 pages
...sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, — "But these impulses maybe from below, not from above." I replied, "They do not...No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. 1 This pointed moral challenge to the idea of self-reliance is given a still more central and powerful...
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American Gothic Fiction: An Introduction

Allan Lloyd-Smith - 2004 - 208 pages
...Emerson (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1960) p. 42. 30. But Emerson also could say, in "Experience": "but if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the devil." 31. Frontier Gothic, David Mogen, Scott P. Sanders, Joanne B. Karpinski, eds. (London and Toronto:...
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Emerson, Romanticism, and Intuitive Reason: The Transatlantic "light of All ...

Patrick J. Keane - 2005 - 555 pages
...within," and that, while his "impulses" seem to him to come not "from below," but "from above," even if "I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil" (E&L 261-62). Given his equation of infinitude with the individual, and the categorical imperative...
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Special Section, Shakespeare and Montaigne Revisited

Graham Bradshaw, T. G. Bishop, Peter Holbrook - 2006 - 405 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 from...No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." 34. Oeuvres completes, 824. Cf. III. 5; 956: "I am content with less praise provided that I am more...
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Creating the Culture of Reform in Antebellum America

T. Gregory Garvey - 2006 - 280 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'" (CW 1:30). In this passage, Emerson shifts the foundations of duty from tradition to the self. The...
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