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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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To-day, Volume 1

J. Morrison-Fuller, Walter C. Rose - 1890
...most be a non-conformist. . . . Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of our own mind. . . . No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and lad aro hut names very readily transferable to that or this; the only right is what is after my constitution...
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University of Toronto Quarterly, Volumes 1-3

University of Toronto - 1895
...objected " But these impulses may be from below not from above." Emerson replied : " They do not seem to be such, but if I am the Devil's child, I will live from the Devil. No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature." Thus Emerson is an iutuitionalist...
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Studies of a Biographer, Volume 4

Sir Leslie Stephen - 1902
...venerable traditions. Your impulses, he said, may be from below, not from above. ' Well,' he replied, ' if I am the devil's child, I will live, then, from the devil.' No law, he adds, can be sacred to me but that of my nature. That is right which is according to my constitution,...
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Christianity and Anti-Christianity in Their Final Conflict

Samuel James Andrews - 1898 - 358 pages
...our own mind. What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions if I live wholly from within? ... No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. ... If I am the devil's child, I will then live from the devil. ... I shun father and mother, and wife...
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The Living Age, Volume 229

1901
...venerable traditions. Your impulses, be said, may be from below, not from above. Well, he replied, "if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the devil." No law, he adds, can be sacred to me but that of my nature. That is right which is according to my constitution,...
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Maffia and Omertà

Richard Bagot - 1901 - 13 pages
...venerable traditions. Your impulses, he said, may be from below, not from above. Well, he replied, " if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the devil." No law, he adds, can be sacred to me but that of my nature. That is right which is according to my constitution,...
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A Selection from the Best English Essays Illustrative of the History of ...

Sherwin Cody - 1903 - 415 pages
...church. 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 from below, not from above." I i. replied : " They do not seem to me to be such ; but if I am the Devil's child, I will live then...
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The Changing Order: A Study of Democracy

Oscar Lovell Triggs - 1905 - 300 pages
...made : "These impulses may be from below," Whitman would respond as cheerfully as did the elder sage : "If I am the Devil's child, I will live then from...no law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." However Whitman is more inclined to deny the validity of the terms good and bad altogether and would...
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The Methodist new connexion magazine and evangelical repository, Volume 63

1860
...course, can be committed against him. The sole authority is man's own nature. " No law," he says, " can be sacred to me but that of my nature. Good and bad are but names readily transferable to this or that ; the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong...
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The American Scholar

Theodore Parker - 1907 - 534 pages
...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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