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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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The Spiritual Emerson: Essential Writings

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 266 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...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 - Political Science - 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...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." From Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance and Other Essays (New York: Dover Publications,...
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A Dream Too Wild: Emerson Meditations for Every Day of the Year

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Philosophy - 2004 - 392 pages
...conscious of "a universal soul within or behind our individual life"? How are you related to it? 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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Questions from the Bench

Douglas S. Lavine - Law - 2004 - 199 pages
...their own set of rules. As Ralph Waldo Emerson stated in his famous essay, Self-Reliance: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." I hope nobody reading this book will conclude that I believe my suggestions and advice are written...
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The Valley of the Second Sons: Letters of Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, a ...

Theodore Dru Alison Cockerell, William Alfred Weber - Biography & Autobiography - 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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Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary Christian Music

Jay R. Howard - Music - 1999 - 299 pages
...thinkers like Camp and Styll for their inconsistency — in the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines"70 — but rather to point out the problematic nature of determining how in fact the term "ministry"...
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Compensation and Self-Reliance

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Philosophy - 2005 - 68 pages
...heart and life, though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph Ms coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. A foolish...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with his sha low on the wall, Out upon your guarded...
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A Year with Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson - Literary Collections - 2005 - 231 pages
...be associated with him forever, as he urges his reader to strive always for authenticity. 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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T. S. Eliot: The Making of an American Poet, 18881922: The Making of an ...

Biography & Autobiography
..."Self-Reliance" that Emerson also wrote: "Who so would be a man must be a nonconformist." And: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." And: "Insist on yourself; never imitate" (Emerson, SR, 265, 263, 260). We must conclude that had Emerson...
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New "dual Missions" of the Immigration Enforcement Agencies: Hearing Before ...

United States, United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Judiciary. Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security, and Claims - Immigration enforcement - 2005 - 75 pages
...Customs way. This is not sound public policy. As Ralph Waldo Emerson sagely noted in 1841, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." In essence, what they are trying to do is make everything the same when, in fact, there are major differences...
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