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John Ruskin Quote: “We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Architecture is the work of nations.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Drawing is a means of obtaining and communicating knowledge.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city’s greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces, its parks and squares.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The truth of Nature is a part of the truth of God; to him who does not search it out, darkness; to him who does, infinity.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Sky is the part of creation in which Nature has done more for the sake of pleasing man, more for the sole and evident purpose of talking to him and teaching him, than in any other of her works, and it is just the part in which we least attend to her.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All of one’s life is music, if one touches the notes rightly, and in time.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts – the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “God gives us always strength enough, and sense enough, for everything He wants us to do.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The question is not what man can scorn, or disparage, or find fault with, but what he can love, and value, and appreciate.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All you have really to do is to keep your back as straight as you can; and not think about what is upon it. The real and essential meaning of “virtue” is that straightness of back.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The spirit needs several sorts of food of which knowledge is only one.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A man is one whose body has been trained to be the ready servant of his mind; whose passions are trained to be the servants of his will; who enjoys the beautiful, loves truth, hates wrong, loves to do good, and respects others as himself.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
John Ruskin Quote: “We have much studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour; only we give it a false name. It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Curiosity is a gift, a capacity of pleasure in knowing, which if you destroy, you make yourself cold and dull.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There are many religions, but there is only one morality.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent.”
John Ruskin Quote: “God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it – a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place.”
John Ruskin Quote: “He who offers God a second place offers Him no place.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.”
John Ruskin Quote: “We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly, nor destroy any beautiful thing, but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life, and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature, than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.”
John Ruskin Quote: “When you pay too much, you lose a little money – that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Not without design does God write the music of our lives.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don’t mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly, but there is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Come, ye cold winds, at January’s call, On whistling wings, and with white flakes bestrew The earth.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The actual flower is the plant’s highest fulfilment, and are not here exclusively for herbaria, county floras and plant geography: they are here first of all for delight.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If you want to work for the kingdom of God, and to bring it, and enter into it, there is just one condition to be first accepted. You must enter into it as children, or not at all.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Fit yourself for the best society, and then, never enter it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work?”
John Ruskin Quote: “You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself.”
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