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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.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whether for life or death, do your own work well.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The sculptor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The Bible is the one Book to which any thoughtful man may go with any honest question of life or destiny and find the answer of God by honest searching.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Without mountains the air could not be purified, nor the flowing of the rivers sustained.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Science lives only in quiet places, and with odd people, mostly poor.”
John Ruskin Quote: “This is the true nature of home – it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from all injury, but from all terror, doubt, and division.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another, and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If some people really see angels where others see only empty space, let them paint the angels: only let not anybody else think they can paint an angel too, on any calculated principles of the angelic.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Of all God’s gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers; but they rise behind her steps, not before them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Ruskin Quote: “He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.”
John Ruskin Quote: “What is poetry? The suggestion, by the imagination, of noble grounds for the noble emotions.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public’s face.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Do not think of your faults, still less of other’s faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The history of humanity is not the history of its wars, but the history of its households.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In all things that live there are certain irregularities, and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Give me some mud off a city crossing, some ochre out of a gravel pit and a little whitening and some coal dust and I will paint you a luminous picture if you give me time to gradate my mud and subdue my dust.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Ship of the line is the most honourable thing that man, as a gregarious animal, has ever produced.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Man’s only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.”
John Ruskin Quote: “On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The noble grotesque involves the true appreciation of beauty.”
John Ruskin Quote: “That which seems to be wealth may in verity be only the gilded index of far reaching ruin.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be effort, and the law of human judgment, mercy.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray are the things that make men happy.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Morality does not depend on religion.”
John Ruskin Quote: “He thinks by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Commerce is the agency by which the power of choice is obtained.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are.”
John Ruskin Quote: “God alone can finish.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased with them, or too grasping to care for what you can not turn to other account than mere delight.”
John Ruskin Quote: “He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Occult Theft, – Theft which hides itself even from itself, and is legal, respectable, and cowardly, – corrupts the body and soul of man, to the last fibre of them. And the guilty Thieves of Europe, the real sources of all deadly war in it, are the Capitalists.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is rough work to be done, and rough men must do it; there is gentle work to be done, and gentlemen must do it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A little group of wise hearts is better than a wilderness full of fools.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Reading and writing are not education if they do not help people to be kind to all creatures.”
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