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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... "
Essays - Page 44
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1850 - 333 pages
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The Soul of Man, and Prison Writings

Oscar Wilde - 1999 - 224 pages
...one of my plays: ¡BE: see SL 128-9. 7 1 : scies: boring sayings . 73: own nature: see Emerson SR 30: 'No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature.' about me: see SL 177-8 n. sold: the contents of 16 Tite Street, including all Wilde's books and papers,...
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The Cambridge Companion to Ralph Waldo Emerson

Joel Porte, Saundra Morris - 1999 - 280 pages
...not be in town the next week to meet preachers or deacons or faithful parishioners in the streets. "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature," he could say on the platform, knowing full well that it would have been another thing altogether to...
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Emerson's Ethics

Gustaaf Van Cromphout - 1999 - 182 pages
...have found Emerson, at one and the same time, too empirical in his derivation of what is morally right ("No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. . . . the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it" — CW 2:30)...
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Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton

Linda Costanzo Cahir - 1999 - 155 pages
...everything were titular and ephemeral but he. (Essays: First Ser. 55) The Emersonian proclamation, "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature," could have been voiced by Captain Ahab, Melville's paradigmatic "Devil's child," who in a self-description...
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Restless Nation: Starting Over in America

James M. Jasper - 2000 - 295 pages
...of the Last Judgment." Then, "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." And later: "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." Inner human nature, lodged in the individual, has even displaced religion. The first romantic trait...
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American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-class Culture

Brian Roberts - 2000 - 328 pages
..."Self Reliance," declaring that he preferred to live "from within," by impulse, even base impulse: "if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the devil."*1 Other writers took readers across urban borders, plumbing the depths of urban demimondes...
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John Dewey's Liberalism: Individual, Community, and Self-development

Daniel Savage, Daniel M. Savage - 2002 - 219 pages
...creative."53 When warned of this danger by a friend, Emerson claims to have replied, "'They [his intuitions] do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's...are but names very readily transferable to that or this."54 In a certain sense, my discussion of dualist and organic theories has come full circle because...
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Wittgenstein in America

Colloque Wittgenstein in America, Conference Wittgenstein in America - 2001 - 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." VIII. (a) My account will be hard to follow: because it says something new but still has egg-shells...
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Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche ...

David Wittenberg - 2002 - 288 pages
...this essay: "What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within"; "... if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the..."No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature"; "... the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it"; "I shun father...
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Democratic Voices and Vistas: American Literature from Emerson to Lanier

Darrel Abel - 2002 - 540 pages
..."Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." "If I am the devil's child, I will then live from the devil. No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature." "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner ... is the healthy attitude of human...
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