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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: “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: “He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.”
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: “Of all God’s gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.”
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: “He only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood warmer, whose brain quicker, whose spirit is entering into living peace. And the men who have this life in them are the true lords or kings of the earth they, and they only.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Not without design does God write the music of our lives.”
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: “To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The history of humanity is not the history of its wars, but the history of its households.”
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: “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: “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: “Ship of the line is the most honourable thing that man, as a gregarious animal, has ever produced.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Come, ye cold winds, at January’s call, On whistling wings, and with white flakes bestrew The earth.”
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: “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: “The noble grotesque involves the true appreciation of beauty.”
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: “That which seems to be wealth may in verity be only the gilded index of far reaching ruin.”
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: “He thinks by infection, catching an opinion like a cold.”
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: “An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.”
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: “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: “They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Without the perfect sympathy with the animals around them, no gentleman’s education, no Christian education, could be of any possible use.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Do not think it wasted time to submit yourself to any influence that will bring upon you any noble feeling.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Reading and writing are not education if they do not help people to be kind to all creatures.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.”
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: “Of all the affected, sapless, soulless, beginningless, endless, topless, bottomless, topsiturviest, scrannel- pipiest, tongs and boniest doggerel of sounds I ever endured the deadliest of, that eternityof nothing wasthe deadliest.”
John Ruskin Quote: “When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for; and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, ‘See! This our fathers did for us.”
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: “Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whether for life or death, do your own work well.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Greatness is the aggregation of minuteness; nor can its sublimity be felt truthfully by any mind unaccustomed to the affectionate watching of what is least.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The constant duty of every man to his fellows is to ascertain his own powers and special gifts, and to strengthen them for the help of others.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Without mountains the air could not be purified, nor the flowing of the rivers sustained.”
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