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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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Growing Up Red: Outing Red America from the Inside

Tim Schilke - Political Science - 2005 - 296 pages
...try to appeal to the critical thinking and language skills of the lowest common listener. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines," wrote Emerson in 1841. "With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. He may as well concern...
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Everyone's Choices: Wisdom, Respect, Success and Happiness

Ralph E. Robinson - Philosophy - 2005 - 192 pages
...That quitting was possible at any time. Ralph Waldo Emerson (Self Reliance, essay) stated: "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Dr. Robert Caldini (Arizona State University) calls [the phenomenon of consistency] "mindless consistency,"...
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The Yale Book of Quotations

Fred R. Shapiro, Associate Librarian and Lecturer in Legal Research Fred R Shapiro - Reference - 2006 - 1067 pages
..."Prudence" (1841) 15 But do your thing, and I shall know you. Essays "Self-Reliance" (1841) 16 A foolish simply nothing to do. Essays "Self-Reliance" (1841) 17 To be great is to be misunderstood. Essays "Self-Reliance"...
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Miss Alcott's E-mail: Yours for Reforms of All Kinds : a Bio-memoir

Kit Bakke - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 255 pages
...was either satire or be drowned in sobs. Curiously yours, LM Alcott Being Transcendental A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do. Ralph Waldo Emerson Enthusiasm is the glory and hope of the world. A. Bronson...
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Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing

Larry Chang - Body, Mind & Spirit - 2006 - 817 pages
...principle is right, the details will take care of themselves. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte, 1769-1821 ~ 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 tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks...
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Führung, Interaktion und Identität: Die neuere Identitätstheorie als Beitrag ...

Thomas Lührmann - Business & Economics - 2006 - 376 pages
...wünschenswerte Zumutung444 - oder, noch extremer, als ein spießiges und kleinbürgerliches Ideal: „A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...philosophers and divines, with consistency, a great soul has simply nothing to do (...)."445 Die Folge ist aus postmoderner Perspektive ein „protean seif"446,...
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The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

Ralph Keyes - Reference - 2007 - 416 pages
...oversimplified excerpt from Emerson's more nuanced thought in his 1841 essay "Self-Reliance": "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Verdict: Simplified Emerson. "CONTEMPT prior to investigation." This popular observation is widely...
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Harry Potter and International Relations

Daniel H. Nexon, Iver B. Neumann - Literary Criticism - 2006 - 245 pages
...Sport- War Intertext DAVID i ONKi Qnidditch . . . is a fictional sport. Al HUS DUMHIEDORI-: A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. RAI I'll WAI DO EMERSON IN mis ciiAiMi.RI IXAMINL: IHL RELATIONSHIP of the game of Quidditch to the...
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The Political Thought of Justice Antonin Scalia: A Hamiltonian on the ...

James Brian Staab - Biography & Autobiography - 2006 - 369 pages
...Reserve University School of Law, Scalia took issue with Ralph Waldo Emerson's aphorism "a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." In "Self-Reliance," Emerson contended that complexity is the mark of great souls. "With consistency...
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Aldous Huxley: A Quest for Values

Milton Birnbaum - Literary Criticism - 230 pages
...reader may expect quite regularly. In this respect, Huxley shares Emerson's belief that "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines." Let us not add "educators" as well to this unholy Emersonian trinity. VII THE SOCIETAL SELF There are...
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