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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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God and Democracy: Lame and Lovely

Frank Crane - 1920 - 317 pages
...contradiction is equivalent to a lie. The truth, however, is quite the contrary. Con146 Emerson said that "consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...little statesmen, and philosophers, and divines." And I have known but two classes of people who were absolutely consistent — idiots and dead men....
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Ralph Waldo Emerson: how to Know Him

Samuel McChord Crothers - 1921 - 234 pages
...consistency is a virtue. No saying of his is more often quoted, and more generally misunderstood : "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now...
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Texas Review, Volume 7

1922
...-Reliance, " brings out the idea that Emerson did not condemn true consistency of thought : "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. ' ' It is interesting to note that Emerson's Journals afford Dr. Crothers quite a number of texts as...
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Religious Thought in the Greater American Poets

Elmer James Bailey - 1922 - 280 pages
...was not unconscious of these incongruities, and recast Emerson's remark in Self-Reliance, " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines," into the three lines in Song of Myself. " Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself,...
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HOYT'S NEW CYCLOPEDIA OF PRACTICAL QUOTATIONS

KATE LOUISE ROBERTS - 1922
...of opinion to be inconstancy. CICERO— Ep. ad Atticum. Bk. XVI. 8. (See also EMERSON) 7 A foolish ead, but difficult to drive; easy to govern, but impossible to enslave. Attributed to LORD BROUGHAM. 1 EMERSON — Essays. Self-Reliance. s With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. * * *...
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Emerson and Self-reliance

George Kateb - 2002 - 221 pages
...yet when the devout motions of the soul come, yield to them heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. (p. 265) We want to ask, Flee from what to what? From sophisticated vagueness to a self-indulgent will...
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Organization Change: Theory and Practice

W. Warner Burke, SAGE PUBLICATIONS - 2002 - 325 pages
...change effort — despite Ralph Waldo Emerson's derogatory comment about consistency, to wit, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." The key to this quote, however, is Emerson's adjective foolish, and consistency of word and deed by...
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Internet-enabled Business Intelligence

William A. Giovinazzo - 2003 - 337 pages
...from the ERP systems so as to not impact the operation of the business. To quote Emerson, "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen, and philosophers and divines." In considering whether we can practically run our ERP system and our data warehouse on one system,...
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プログラミングPerl, Volume 2

2002 - 600 pages
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Emerson As Spiritual Guide: A Companion to Emerson's Essays for Personal ...

...judgments, even if it seems that we contradict ourselves. So what, Emerson seems to say: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do — Speak what you think now in hard words and to-morrow speaks what to-morrow thinks in hard words...
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