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" In your metaphysies you have denied personality to the Deity : yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot,... "
Essays: First series - Page 52
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1876 - 343 pages
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A Manual of Ethics

John Stuart Mackenzie - 1897 - 471 pages
...this aim. He may say, with Emerson,2 "Suppose you should contradict yourself; what then ? " "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. "3 Such imperatives as these, therefore, are merely hypothetical.'* They apply only to those who adopt...
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The Columbian Cyclopedia, Volume 10

1897
...loth to disappoint them. . . . Suppose you should contradict yourselves— what then ? . . . A feolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has little or nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you...
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Emerson, Volume 1

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1899
...past for judgment into the thousand - eyed present, and live ever in a new day. In your metaphysics you have denied personality to the Deity, yet when...life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. A foolish consistency...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1900 - 574 pages
...in this or that public place? Suppose you should contradict yourself : what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. Ha may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words...
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A Literary History of America

Barrett Wendell - 1900 - 574 pages
...in this or that public place ? Suppose you should contradict yourself : what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great souV has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what...
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A Second Manual of Composition: Designed for Secondary Schools

Edwin Herbert Lewis - 1900 - 579 pages
...of honoring the simple word. Note the force of "little" in Emerson's famous sentence : " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." 1 See pp. 328-329. Note the vigor of the everyday words in a profound remark of the French writer Joubert....
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Introductory Lessons in English Literature: For High Schools and Academies

Israel C. McNeill, Samuel Adams Lynch - 1901 - 376 pages
...bring the past for judgment into240 the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the 245 wall. Speak what you think...
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Dietetic and Hygienic Gazette, Volume 17

1901
...music, theology or political economy, he need not grow rusty if he reads The Literary Digest. A FOor.iSH consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. — Emerson. Betes anb ©ueries. Query 92. The medical journals mention cases of appendicitis occurring...
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The 13th District: A Story of a Candidate

Brand Whitlock - 1902 - 490 pages
...he did not wish the town to know that he smoked cigarettes, "you know what Emerson says: 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines.' " "Yes, I remember," the wife replied. "We used to read Emerson, didn't we?" Her words breathed regret....
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Familiar Quotations: A Collection of Passages, Phrases, and Proverbs Traced ...

1903 - 1158 pages
...its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. Self-Eeliance. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. ibid To be great is to be misunderstood. ibid. Discontent is the want of self-reliance : it is infirmity...
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