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John Ruskin Quote: “You can only possess beauty through understanding it.”
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: “Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You will find it less easy to unroot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others faults; in every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; rejoice in it and as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.”
John Ruskin Quote: “What is the cheapest to you now is likely to be the dearest to you in the end.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Levi’s station in life was the receipt of custom; and Peter’s, the shore of Galilee; and Paul’s, the antechambers of the High- Priest, which “station in life” each had to leave, with brief notice.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No peace was ever won from fate by subterfuge or argument; no peace is ever in store for any of us, but that which we shall win by victory over shame or sin – victory over the sin that oppresses, as well as over that which corrupts.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I fear uniformity. You cannot manufacture great men any more than you can manufacture gold.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Repose demands for its expression the implied capability of its opposite, – energy.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends wholly on the default of a guinea in your neighbour’s pocket. If he did not want it, it would be of no use to you.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Society has sacrificed its virtues to the Goddess of Getting Along.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whenever you see want or misery or degradation in this world about you, then be sure either industry has been wanting, or industry has been in error.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If you do not wish for His kingdom do not pray for it. But if you do you must do more than pray for it, you must work for it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Pleasure comes through toil, and not by self indulgence and indolence. When one gets to love work, his life is a happy one.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.”
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: “Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If you want knowledge, you must toil for it; if food, you must toil for it; and if pleasure, you must toil for it: toil is the law.”
John Ruskin Quote: “That admiration of the ‘neat but not gaudy,’ which is commonly reported to have influenced the devil when he painted his tail pea green.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture, considered as a subject of fine art.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To yield reverence to another, to hold ourselves and our lives at his disposal, is not slavery; often, it is the noblest state in which a man can live in this world.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No one can do me any good by loving me; I have more love than I need or could do any good with; but people do me good by making me love them – which isn’t easy.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All great art is the expression of man’s delight in God’s work, not his own.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it. Drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Trust thou thy Love: if she be proud, is she not sweet? Trust thou thy love: if she be mute, is she not pure? Lay thou thy soul full in her hands, low at her feet- Fail, Sun and Breath!-yet, for thy peace, she shall endure.”
John Ruskin Quote: “See! This our fathers did for us.”
John Ruskin Quote: “That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is a working class – strong and happy – among both rich and poor: there is an idle class – weak, wicked, and miserable – among both rich and poor.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A book is written, not to multiply the voice merely, not to carry it merely, but to preserve it. The author has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful, or beautifully helpful.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is no solemnity so deep, to a right-thinking creature, as that of dawn.”
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: “Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities, louder than the furnace blast, is all in very deed for this – that we manufacture everything there except men.”
John Ruskin Quote: “As in the instances of alchemy, astrology, witchcraft, and other such popular creeds, political economy, has a plausible idea at the root of it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There was always more in the world than men could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I do not believe that any peacock envies another peacock his tail, because every peacock is persuaded that his own tail is the finest in the world. The consequence of this is that peacocks are peaceable birds.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Value is the life-giving power of anything; cost, the quantity of labour required to produce it; its price, the quantity of labourwhich its possessor will take in exchange for it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No one can explain how the notes of a Mozart melody, or the folds of a piece of Titian’s drapery, produce their essential effects. If you do not feel it, no one can by reasoning make you feel it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nature is always mysterious and secret in her use of means; and art is always likest her when it is most inexplicable.”
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: “It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.”
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