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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 Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository - Page 550
1851
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The Essay on Self-reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1905 - 51 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 every...
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Thoughts that Inspire, Volume 1

1905
...men who are valuable to them. They can't afford to. Young men of that kind are too scarce. — BOK. Out upon your guarded lips! Sew them up with packthread...tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard words again, tho' it contradict everything you said today. Ah, then, exclaim the aged ladies, you shall be sure...
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A Manual of American Literature

James Brady Smiley - 1905 - 336 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...concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon his guarded lips ! Sew them up with pack-thread. Else, if you would be a man, speak what you think...
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An Emerson Calendar

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1905 - 117 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. SELF-RELIANCE To go into solitude, a man needs to retire as much from his chamber as from society....
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Reports of the United States Tax Court, Volume 71

United States. Tax Court - 1979
...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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The Collected Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Volume 2

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Alfred Riggs Ferguson, Joseph Slater, Jean Ferguson Carr - 1971 - 424 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 to-morrow thinks in hard words again,...
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: Essays and Lectures (LOA #15): Nature; Addresses, and ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1983 - 1150 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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American Philosophy: A Historical Anthology

Barbara MacKinnon - 1985 - 688 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 to-morrow thinks in hard words again,...
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One Life at a Time, Please

Edward Abbey - 1988 - 225 pages
...sweetness the independence of solitude. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds. . . . With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to...well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. ... To be great is to be misunderstood. An institution is the lengthened shadow of one man. We must...
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The Depleted Self: Sin in a Narcissistic Age

Donald Capps - 1993 - 176 pages
...consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency, a great soul has simply nothing...well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow thinks in hard words again,...
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