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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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Emerson: Political Writings

Kenneth S. Sacks - 2008 - 237 pages 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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