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" A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. "
The Essay on Self-reliance - Page 15
by Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1905 - 51 pages
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Words of Reconciliation, Volume 8

1892
...God is Love ; and love is the giving out of good. — Henry Wood, in " God's Image in Man." A FOOLISH consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divinesWith consistency a great soul has nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow...
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The American Scholar: Self-reliance. Compensation

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1893 - 126 pages
...them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph6 his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. A foolish...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has sirmply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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Emerson Year Book: Selections for Every Day in the Year from the Essays of ...

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1893 - 155 pages
...Twenty-fifth. What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. August Twenty-sixth. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. August Twenty-eighth. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern...
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Treasury of Thought: Forming an Encyclopædia of Quotations from Ancient and ...

Maturin Murray Ballou - 1894 - 579 pages
...or nonsensiralities flat enough to have raised contempt in Jerry Sneak ! — Whipple. CONSISTENCY. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himwlf with his shadow on the wall. — Emerson. CONSOLATION. One should never be very forward in offering...
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The Historical Development of the Jury System

Maximus A. Lesser - 1894 - 274 pages
...forget to reckon with that "foolish consistency," which Emerson (essay on Self-Reliance) stigmatizes as "the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." « So Dean Kitchin (Hist, of France, Enc. Brit. IX.) refers to the leAside from the laissez faire,...
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The Monist, Volume 5

Paul Carus - 1895
...this in his mind that Emerson said : " 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." Remember that the inconsistency Emerson speaks of is that which is the outcome of development. Of this...
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The Cyclopedia of Practical Quotations: English, Latin, and Modern Foreign ...

1896 - 1178 pages
...homelye raiment drest, Wife Joan and goodman Robin. A. Jolly Robyn-Roughhead. Author unknown. A foolish W t i r x x,ldo x j v w w w w/q j tBt!q x w i. EMERSON — Essays. Self-Reliance. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. • •...
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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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The Pacific Monthly: A Magazine of Education and Progress, Volume 13

William Bittle Wells, Lute Pease - 1905 - 750 pages
...it may be, it shall lie with thee to use it nobly; this no man can prevent. Selections from Emerson With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with hig shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and1 to-morrow speak what to-morrow...
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