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Nov. 21 - Jean Francois Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet) was born on this day in 1694. Voltaire is best known for having said things.

"God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh."

"To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered."

"Anything too stupid to be said is sung."

"God created sex. Priests created marriage."

"It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge."

"He was unhappy only when he thought: and that is true of the majority of mankind."

"A witty saying proves nothing."

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It was on this date in 1921 that U.S. President Warren G. Harding signed the Wills Campbell Act, which prohibited medical prescription of beer and liquor. He was assassinated two years later.

Voltaire shares his birthday with Ken Griffey, Jr. (1969), Troy Aikman (1966), Goldie Hawn (1945), Harold Ramis (1944), Juliet Mills (1941), Marlo Thomas (1938), Stan Musial (1920), Rene Magritte (1898), Harpo Marx (1880), and William Beaumont (1785).

2002, The Moron's Almanac™

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