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Lighting a candle in toxic air.
2011-02-08
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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2011-02-02
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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2011-01-25
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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2010-12-25
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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August 30: Jacques-Louis David

Jacques-Louis David (1748) On this date, August 30, 1748, that the most important European painter of the French Revolutionary period, from 1785-1815, Jacques-Louis David, was born into the Parisian merchant class. David's father must have been both prideful and foolish, because he died in a duel when his son was 10. Educated at the Académie […]



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