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February 8, 2011
February 8: John Ruskin

Ruskin never went to church, but he gave away most of his wealth in founding a charity called the Guild of St. George in the 1870s.

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February 2, 2011
February 2: Havelock Ellis

Havelock Ellis wrote, "The whole religious complexion of the modern world is due to the absence from Jerusalem of a lunatic asylum."

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January 25, 2011
January 25: Virginia Woolf

To a correspondent in 1939, Woolf found herself “reflecting upon my lack of what you possess — faith;” and asking, “how much more pervious to preaching your faith makes you than my lack?”

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December 25, 2010
December 25: Quentin Crisp

Crisp once quipped, "a woman in the audience stood up and said, 'Yes, but is it the God of the Catholics or the God of the Protestants in whom you don't believe?'"

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October 3: Gore Vidal

Gore Vidal (1925) It was on this date, October 3, 1925, that American writer Gore (Eugene Luther) Vidal Jr was born in West Point, New York, where his father was an instructor at the military academy. He grew up near Washington, DC, in the house of his blind grandfather, the populist Democrat, Senator Thomas Pryor […]



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