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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1684
AUTHOR: Henry David Thoreau (1817–62)
QUOTATION: 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.
ATTRIBUTION: HENRY DAVID THOREAU, journal entry, April 12, 1852.—The Heart of Thoreau’s Journals, ed. Odell Shepard, p. 126 (1927).