Coleridge was once involved in discussion with a man who firmly believed that children should not be given formal religious instruction of any kind. They would then be free to choose their own religious faith, he reasoned, when they reached the age of discretion. Coleridge did not disagree, but later invited the man into his somewhat neglected garden.
“Do you call this a garden?” exclaimed the visitor. “There are nothing but weeds here!”
“Well, you see,” explained Coleridge, “I did not wish to infringe upon the liberty of the garden in any way. I was just giving the garden a chance.”