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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 24, June 11, 2006, Article 38

ON HOBGOBLINS

A subscriber writes: "I found the quote about 'hobgoblins' in last
week's E-sylum intriguing.  I asked my brother about it.  He thought
it was one of H.L. Mencken's famous lines.  Then I consulted Bartlett's
and found out it was from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay, Self
Reliance:

"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 . . . .  Speak what you think
today in hard words and tomorrow speak what tomorrow thinks in hard
words again, though it contradict everything you said today."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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