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Questions about the American essayist, lecturer, philosopher and poet Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 – 1882) and his works.

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Why did Emerson choose 'hobgoblin' in his quote 'A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds'?

Source: Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive (2009). p. 80. According to Oscar Wilde, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” A similarly disdainful Ralph Waldo ...