I lose my respect for the man who can make the mystery of sex the subject of a coarse jest, yet when you speak earnestly and seriously on the subject, is silent.
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Source Notes: Source: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, journal entry, April 12, 1852.The Heart of Thoreaus Journals, ed. Odell Shepard, p. 126 .
Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817 - 1862) was an American essayist, poet, and naturalist. Among his lasting contributions were his writings on natural history and philosophy, where he anticipated the methods and findings of ecology and environmental history, two sources of modern day environmentalism.