Quotation by Henry David Thoreau

I have made slight acquaintance also with one Mrs. Lidia Emerson, who almost persuades me to be a Christian, but I fear I as often lapse into heathenism.
Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, January 24, 1843, to Ralph Waldo Emerson, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 51, Houghton Mifflin (1906).

Since Thoreau at this time was helping to take care of Ralph Waldo Emerson's family during his absence in Europe, this statement is tongue-in-cheek.
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