Virginia Woolf quote about religion from Mrs Dalloway - she thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
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she thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
 Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway (1925). copy citation

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Author Virginia Woolf
Source Mrs Dalloway
Topic religion goodness atheism
Date 1925
Language English
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Weblink http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks02/0200991.txt

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“To see your own sister killed by a falling tree (all Justin Parry's fault—all his carelessness) before your very eyes, a girl too on the verge of life, the most gifted of them, Clarissa always said, was enough to turn one bitter. Later she wasn't so positive, perhaps; she thought there were no Gods; no one was to blame; and so she evolved this atheist's religion of doing good for the sake of goodness.
And of course she enjoyed life immensely. It was her nature to enjoy (though, goodness only knows, she had her reserves; it was a mere sketch, he often felt, that even he, after all these years, could make of Clarissa).” source

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