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" A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now... "
The Monthly magazine - Page 487
by Monthly literary register - 1841
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Complete Rhetoric

Alfred Hix Welsh - English language - 1885 - 346 pages
...enjoys the lively vigor of his mind and the felicity of his incomparable temper. — GKbbon. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded...
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Complete Rhetoric

Alfred Hix Welsh - English language - 1885 - 346 pages
...his incomparable temper. — Gibbon, A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adorsd by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Out upon your guarded...
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The Present Age and Inner Life: Ancient and Modern ..., Volume 49; Volume 435

Andrew Jackson Davis - Spiritualism - 1886 - 424 pages
...consistency," can not be doubted. On this point, a free-minded, independent writer once remarked: " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers, and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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The American Catholic Quarterly Review, Volume 11

James Andrew Corcoran, Patrick John Ryan, Edmond Francis Prendergast - 1886
...if you ask me how I dare say so, I am the most helpless of mortal men." He tells them : " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers, and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what tomorrow thinks...
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Select Writings of Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - American literature - 1888 - 351 pages
...memory, but to bring the past for judgment into the thousand-eyed present, and live ever in a new day. In your metaphysics you have denied personality to...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak what you think...
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Essays: First Series

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Essays - 1888 - 396 pages
...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...statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a j , __ . lY^^ great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on...
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The Brotherhood of Letters

John Rogers Rees - Authors - 1889 - 271 pages
...conduct in this direction was certoinly a brilliant commentary on the words of Emerson : "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and adds : " He was conscious of his own infirmity of temper, and told me he saw few persons, because he...
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The Natural Speller and Word Book

S. Kupfer - English language - 1890 - 166 pages
...pre sump'tu ous vi'ti a' tion fra i' tion ri dic' u lous viz' ier (yer) XXIV.—DICTATION. A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. If you would be a man, speak what you think to-day in words as hard as cannon...
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Poems and Prose

John Christie - New Zealand essays - 1892 - 219 pages
...fingers most vigorously. At least we find him saying in his essay on " Self-reliance" that " a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his shadow on the wall. Speak of what you...
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Poems, Essays and Fragments

James Thomson - English literature - 1892 - 267 pages
...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." " Men ask of the immortality of the soul, and the employments of heaven, and so forth. They even dream...
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