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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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Years of Fulfillment

Mary Lutyens - 2003 - 248 pages
...all his clothes to someone in need. He once gave away his only overcoat. Emerson has said, 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.' If in nothing else, the inconsistencies in K's character would make him a great soul. From the time...
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Walking the Tightrope of Reason: The Precarious Life of a Rational Animal

Robert Fogelin - 2003 - 224 pages
...then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot. I will spue thee out of my mouth. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Self Reliance" Do I contradict myself? Very well then ... I contradict myself;...
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Emerson

Lawrence Buell - 2004 - 416 pages
...yet when die 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 die harlot, and flee" (W 1: 33). Is Emerson here confessing what Cameron submits that he must have...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pages
...leaving or reliefor quitting or release or shunning or allowing or deliverance, which is freedom as in "Leave your theory as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee"), together further with something he means by trusting or suffering (as in the image of the traveler...
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Voyage to Insight

Ronda Chervin, Lois August Janis - 2003 - 151 pages
...Here are some lines from those who doubt that logic is the only way to steer toward truth: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. " Emerson (1803-1 882) "No generalization is wholly true, not even this one. Oliver Wendell Holmes,...
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Unpopular Culture: The Ritual of Complaint in a British Bank

John Weeks - 2004 - 166 pages
...behavior will bring operations grinding to a halt, Emerson's words were never more true: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Ambiguity and inconsistency are the manager's hammer and sickle. There is an important ambiguity inherent...
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Emerson's Life in Science: The Culture of Truth

Laura Dassow Walls, John H Bennett Jr Chair of Southern Letters Laura Dassow Walls, Laura Dassow - 2003 - 280 pages
..."Whim." Anticipating objections, he deflates them with one of his best-known oneliners: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."40 And yet, how inconsistent is Emerson, really? Perhaps there are no inconsistencies if the...
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The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Writings by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2004 - 280 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...and flee. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of litde minds, adored by litde statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul...
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The Character Factor: How We Judge America's Presidents

James P. Pfiffner - 2003 - 224 pages
...US News and World Report, May 10, 1999, p. 10, in the "Washington Whispers" section. 19. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." From Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays (New York: Dover Publications, 1993), p. 24....
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The Valley of the Second Sons: Letters of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, a ...

Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell - 2004 - 567 pages
...don't exactly go that far with him, are interesting: 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of small minds, adored by little statesmen and 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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