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" What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, — "But these impulses may be from below, not from above." I replied, "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's child. I will live... "
The Monthly Magazine, Or, British Register - Pagina 489
1841
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Solitude and Society in the Works of Herman Melville and Edith Wharton

Linda Costanzo Cahir - 1999 - 155 pagine
...everything were titular and ephemeral but he. (Essays: First Ser. 55) The Emersonian proclamation, "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature," could have been voiced by Captain Ahab, Melville's paradigmatic "Devil's child," who in a self-description...
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American Alchemy: The California Gold Rush and Middle-class Culture

Brian Roberts - 2000 - 328 pagine
..."Self Reliance," declaring that he preferred to live "from within," by impulse, even base impulse: "if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the devil."*1 Other writers took readers across urban borders, plumbing the depths of urban demimondes...
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Restless Nation: Starting Over in America

James M. Jasper - 2000 - 295 pagine
...of the Last Judgment." Then, "Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." And later: "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." Inner human nature, lodged in the individual, has even displaced religion. The first romantic trait...
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John Dewey's Liberalism: Individual, Community, and Self-development

Daniel Savage, Daniel M. Savage - 2002 - 219 pagine
...creative."53 When warned of this danger by a friend, Emerson claims to have replied, "'They [his intuitions] do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the Devil's...are but names very readily transferable to that or this."54 In a certain sense, my discussion of dualist and organic theories has come full circle because...
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Wittgenstein in America

Colloque Wittgenstein in America, Conference Wittgenstein in America - 2001 - 280 pagine
...On my saying, "What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within?" my friend suggested, — "But these impulses may be...the Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil." VIII. (a) My account will be hard to follow: because it says something new but still has egg-shells...
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Philosophy, Revision, Critique: Rereading Practices in Heidegger, Nietzsche ...

David Wittenberg - 2002 - 288 pagine
...this essay: "What have I to do with the sacredness of traditions, if I live wholly from within"; "... if I am the devil's child, I will live then from the..."No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature"; "... the only right is what is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it"; "I shun father...
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Democratic Voices and Vistas: American Literature from Emerson to Lanier

Darrel Abel - 2002 - 540 pagine
..."Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string." "If I am the devil's child, I will then live from the devil. No law can be sacred to me but that of my own nature." "The nonchalance of boys who are sure of a dinner ... is the healthy attitude of human...
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Fatal Mountaineer: The High-Altitude Life and Death of Willi Unsoeld ...

Robert Roper - 2002 - 306 pagine
...and forbidding; yet Emerson, Hawthorne's exact contemporary, was at the same time writing cheerfully, "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature. . . . The only right is after my constitution, the only wrong what is against it." If we recruit Willi...
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Civilization's Quotations: Life's Ideal

Richard Alan Krieger - 2007 - 344 pagine
...Junius "The good need fear no law; it is their safety, and the bad man's awe." — Philip Massinger "No law can be sacred to me but that of my nature." — Emerson "The reason of the law is the law." — Sir Walter Scott "Good laws make it easier to do...
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Emerson's Transcendental Etudes

Stanley Cavell, David Justin Hodge - 2003 - 277 pagine
...that his inner impulses may be from below, not from above, and remembered being prompted to reply: "They do not seem to me to be such; but if I am the...Devil's child, I will live then from the Devil.") He hopes it is somewhat better than whim at last — for as with prophecy you can only know the true...
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