“I have always considered that choosing a companion for life was a very important affair and that my happiness or misery in this life depended on the choice.”
This mindset is what gave Ezra Cornell, the man who would become famous as the founder of Cornell University, the confidence or ease to choose marriage over religion.
You see, Ezra was a Quaker. But the woman he wanted to marry was a Methodist. So when he chose marriage to her in 1831, he was expelled for marrying out.
He was given the opportunity to come back if he apologized for his actions. His response, why apologize “for the best deed [I] ever did.”