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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... "
Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson - Page 47
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1876
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Montaigne: The Endless Study ; and Other Miscellanies

Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet - 1850 - 430 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...to me to be such ; but if I am the devil's child, I * Essays, 1 Series, p. 259. will then live from the devil.' No law can be sacred to me, but that of...
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The Church of England quarterly review, Volume 28

1850
...with the sacredness of tradition, if I live wholly from within ? ' My friend suggested, ' But those impulses may be from below, not from above.' I replied,...to be such ; but, if I am the devil's child, I will use them from the devil." This reply was smart enough, and might not have been misunderstood by his...
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The Massachusetts Quarterly Review, Volume 3

1849
...integrity of your own mind." " The virtue most in request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion." " No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature, the only wrong what is against it." " Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love." " Your goodness...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray IV, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 1856
...present tense against all the rumours of wrath, past or to come.'— (Emerson on Spiritual Laws.) ' My friend suggested: " But these impulses may be from...but if I am the devil's child, I will live, then, for the devil; no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature: good and bad are but names, very readily...
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The Quarterly Review

William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, John Gibson Lockhart, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, William Smith, Sir John Murray IV, Rowland Edmund Prothero (Baron Ernle) - 1856
...past or to come.' — (Emerson on Spiritual Laws.) ' My friend suggested: "But these impulses maybe from below, not from above." I replied, they do not...but if I am the devil's child, I will live, then, for the devil ; no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature : good and bad are but names, very...
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Essays: First Series

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1852 - 333 pages
...On my saying, What have I to do with the sacrediiess of traditions, if I live wholly from within ? my friend suggested, — " But these impulses may...the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. ^ Good and bad are but names very readily transferable...
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The Collected Works of ... P. ...

Theodore Parker - 1864
...integrity of your own mind.'' " The virtue most in request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion." " No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature, the ouly wrong what is against it." "Truth is handsomer than the affectation of love." " Your goodness...
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Philosophy as absolute science, founded in the universal laws of being, by E ...

Ephraim Langdon Frothingham - 1864
...entirely passive in relation to all impressions and conceptions from within ; so that his motto is, " No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." This complete isolation of the individual, by which he becomes totally unreceptive from without and...
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Dark sayings on a harp; and other sermons

Edwin Paxton Hood - 1865
...strength, we must harbour such disconsolate consciences." Again, he says : — " My friend suggested, tBut these impulses may be from below, not from above.'...They do not seem to me to be such ; but if I am the devif* child, I will live then for the devil. No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature.'...
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The pilgrim and the shrine; or, Passages from the life and correspondence of ...

Edward Maitland - 1868
...Do you remember,' asked Mary, ' that sentence of Emerson, "If I am the devil's child, I will live as from the devil. No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." I was shocked by it when I first read it; but it seems plain that nothing can act contrary to its nature,...
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