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And it is but a faint emblem of their situation to say, that as well may a man commence a habit of intoxication for the purpose of having five years 'pleasure, and then halting in his career, as the Jews may contaminate themselves tentatively with idolatrous connections under the delusion that it would always be time enough for untreading their steps when these connections had begun to produce evil.
The Posthumous Works of Thomas De Quincey, Vol. 1 Thomas De Quincey 1822