Saturday, August 19, 2006


Rotten Squash

Henry David Thoreau, Journals (Nov. 20, 1858):
Who are the religious? They who do not differ much from mankind generally, except that they are more conservative and timid and useless, but who in their conversation and correspondence talk about kindness of heavenly Father. Instead of going bravely about their business, trusting God ever, they do like him who says "Good sir" to the one he fears, or whistles to the dog that is rushing at him. And because they take his name in vain so often they presume that they are better than you. Oh, their religion is a rotten squash.

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