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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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Murder in the Heartland

M. William Phelps - 2006 - 361 pages
...she put the receiver to her mouth. "I'm going to prove you are the liar, Carl." not from above . . . but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil. — Ralph Waldo Emerson THE RUSE It was five days before the winter solstice. December 16, 2004, started...
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The Redemptive Self: Stories Americans Live By

Dan P. McAdams - 2005 - 400 pages
...republic: "Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members," and "no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." Therefore, "whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist."42 The individualist keeps his distance and...
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Liberty: God's Gift to Humanity

Chana B. Cox - 2006 - 285 pages
...different ways. Emerson writes, "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind" and "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature," but Stanton writes of "the immeasurable solitude of self." And so it ever must be in the conflicting...
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Emerson and Eros: The Making of a Cultural Hero

Len Gougeon - 2012 - 278 pages
...indicates. "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...Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.'" For Emerson, "sacredness" was now a matter of internal disposition and personal perception. He believed...
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Changing Rapture: Emily Dickinson's Poetic Development

Aliki Barnstone - 2006 - 187 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." (Complete Writings 138) Dickinson has revisioned two texts with great cultural importance — one sacred,...
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'Relations Stop Nowhere': The Common Literary Foundations of German and ...

Hugh Ridley - 2007 - 317 pages
...opportunities of life and care not for external norms, but establish their own compelling imperatives. 'No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names [...] the only right is what is after my constitution' (E 262). Emerson therefore uses a 25 Goethe's...
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Emerson and Self-Culture

John T. Lysaker - 2008 - 248 pages
...worried that the involuntary perceptions that Emerson so esteems "may be from below, not from above": "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil" (CW2, 30). Barbara Packer finds this remark ironic because a "decorous ex-minister in the town of Concord"...
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Emerson: Political Writings

Kenneth S. Sacks - 2008 - 237 pages
...is it, in fact, the best fulfillment of me?14 Emerson's (intentionally) outrageous insistence that, "if I am the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil" (p. 56), acknowledges the question. Although he never resolves the conflict between freedom and accountability,...
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Emerson and Self-Culture

John T. Lysaker - 2008 - 248 pages
...two lines from "Self-Reliance": "Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind"; and: "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature" (CW2, 30). These are perhaps Emerson's most radical thoughts as far as the history of God is concerned....
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