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" A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. "
Essays - 第 50 頁
Ralph Waldo Emerson 著 - 1848 - 333 頁
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Readings from American Literature: A Textbook for Schools and Colleges

Mary Edwards Calhoun, Emma Leonora MacAlarney - 1915 - 635 頁
...though they should clothe God with shape and color. Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee. A foolish consistency is...nothing to do. He may as well concern himself with the shadow on the wall. Speak what you think now in hard words, and to-morrow speak what to-morrow...
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THE LIFE OF WILLIAM MCKINLEY

CHARLES S. OLCOTT - 1916
...degree by the most enlightened public sentiment, makes a poor public servant. Emerson says, " A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do." McKinley was not one of those who allow consistency to "scare them from their self-trust." If he made...
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World Facts and America's Responsibility

Cornelius Howard Patton - 1919 - 236 頁
...compulsion of a world situation which no human mind could have foreseen. Emerson's saying, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines," brought comforting reflections to many. This humble-mindedness was more creditable to our spirit than...
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A History of American Literature

Percy Holmes Boynton - 1919 - 513 頁
...in this or that public place ? Suppose you should contradict yourself ; what then ? . . . A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. This sort of balancing of his views of independence is to be found in an essay of thirty years later...
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God and Democracy: Lame and Lovely

Frank Crane - 1920 - 317 頁
...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 頁
...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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Religious Thought in the Greater American Poets

Elmer James Bailey - 1922 - 258 頁
...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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Texas Review, 第 7 卷

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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Die Akademie: eine Sammlung von Aufsätzen aus dem Arbeitskreis der ...

Rolf Hoffmann - 1924
...them«. es kommt auf den Leser an — einer seiner typischsten Aussprüche also lautet: »A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored...consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do«. Mit den Philosophen scheint Emerson sich überhaupt nicht gut verstanden zu haben, dies muß bekannt...
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