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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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Pennsylvania School Journal, Volume 52

1903
...Emerson's are sure to know him by his PENNSYL VANIA SCHOOL JOURNAL. [FEU, declaration that ' ' a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." ( The confusion is only apparent. The man who said he had a horse who was sixteen feet high, when he...
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A History of Literature in America

Barrett Wendell, Chester Noyes Greenough - 1904 - 443 pages
...stated in this or that public place? Suppose you should contradict yourself: what then? ... A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks...
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Starting points for speakers, preachers, writers, and other thinkers ...

John Horne - 1904
...and final death and disappearance." — Carlyle. is Consistency "A foolish consistency is a Virtue? the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to - morrow speak what to - morrow thinks in hard words...
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Hazel of Heatherland

Mabel Sarah Barnes Grundy - 1906 - 389 pages
...and you say you are consistent." " A lot has happened in a month, Aunt Menelophe," I said. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." "Oh!" said Aunt Menelophe. "Yes," I said, "that is from Emerson. Eustace read it to me last night."...
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Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 2

Hugo Münsterberg, Herbert Sidney Langfeld - 1906
...this group of admirers and says, "To be great is to be misunderstood." Yes, he did say, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines;" but he soon adds, "Of one will the actions will be harmonious however unlike they seem." Emerson despises...
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Select Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1907 - 270 pages
...of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and colour. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand...the harlot, and flee. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin2 of little minds, 20 adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency...
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Select Essays and Addresses: Including The American Scholar

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1912 - 314 pages
...and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat0 in the hand of the harlot, and flee. 14. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. 10 With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his...
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Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson: 1838-1841

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 1911 - 614 pages
...his back on them and follow the great light of truth to which these were only porches ? Yet must you leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. I have no less disgust than any other at the cant ~\ ' of spiritualism. I had rather hear a round volley...
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Woodrow Wilson: His Career, His Statesmanship, and His Public Policies

Hester Eloise Hosford - 1912 - 234 pages
...prove successful operation. Wise men still change their minds. And we should remember that " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Not only have the gentlemen determined on Governor Wilson's political destruction, made it a crime...
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The Spirit of American Literature

John Albert Macy - 1913 - 368 pages
...completeness, must explain inconsistencies away, whereas Emerson blandly accepts inconsistencies. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen, and philosophers and divines." The greater inconsistencies, too terrible to be foolish, Emerson ignores. "Omit the negative propositions,"...
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