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Top 450 John Ruskin Quotes (2023 Update)
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John Ruskin Quote: “One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Milton saw not, and Beethoven heard not, but the sense of beauty was upon them, and they fain must speak.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Science has to do with facts, art with phenomena. To science, phenomena are of use only as they lead to facts; and to art, facts are of use only as they lead to phenomena.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Race is precisely of as much consequence in man as it is in any animal.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If the design of the building be originally bad, the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity.”
John Ruskin Quote: “An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Depend upon it, the first universal characteristic of all great art is Tenderness, as the second is Truth.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.”
John Ruskin Quote: “If you can draw the stone rightly, everything within reach of art is also within yours.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Every hue throughout your work is altered by every touch you add in other places.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The more I think of it, the more I find this conclusion impressed upon me, that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A nation which lives a pastoral and innocent life never decorates the shepherd’s staff or the plough-handle; but races who live by depredation and slaughter nearly always bestow exquisite ornaments on the quiver, the helmet, and the spear.”
John Ruskin Quote: “An artist should be well read in the best books, and thoroughly high bred, both in heart and bearing. In a word, he should be fit for the best society, and should keef out of it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The best work never was and never will be done for money.”
John Ruskin Quote: “An unimaginative person can neither be reverent nor kind.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Men don’t and can’t live by exchanging articles, but by producing them. They don’t live by trade, but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions.”
John Ruskin Quote: “But whether thus submissively or not, at least be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.”
John Ruskin Quote: “How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.”
John Ruskin Quote: “He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No picture can be good which deceives by its imitation, for the very reason that nothing can be beautiful which is not true.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Imperfections have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be effort, and the law of human judgment mercy.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Variety is a positive requisite even in the character of our food.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is not the church we want, but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration, but the act of adoration; not the gift, but the giving.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Science studies the relations of things to each other: but art studies only their relations to man.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are; the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Absolute and entire ugliness is rare.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Great art is precisely that which never was, nor will be taught, it is preeminently and finally the expression of the spirits of great men.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In the utmost solitudes of nature, the existence of hell seems to me as legibly declared by a thousand spiritual utterances as that of heaven.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Wherever men are noble, they love bright colour; and wherever they can live healthily, bright colour is given them – in sky, sea, flowers, and living creatures.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.”
John Ruskin Quote: “How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I am almost sick and giddy with the quantity of things in my head, all tempting and wanting to be worked out.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The relative majesty of buildings depends more on the weight and vigour of their masses than any other tribute of their design.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The only way to understand the difficult parts of the Bible is first to read and obey the easy ones.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Wise laws and just restraints are to a noble nation not chains, but chains of mail, – strength and defense, though something of an incumbrance.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whenever I did anything wrong, stupid or hard-hearted, and I have done many things that were all three, my mother always said “it is because you were too much indulged.””
John Ruskin Quote: “The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is a wiser, more generous, more noble thing to remember and point out the perfect words, than to invent poorer ones, wherewith to encumber temporarily the world.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.”
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