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Top 450 John Ruskin Quotes (2023 Update)
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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: “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: “Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth, there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Order and system are nobler things than power.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Human work must be done honourably and thoroughly, because we are now Men; whether we ever expect to be angels, or were ever slugs, being practically no matter.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is no harm in anybody thinking that Christ is in bread. The harm is in the expectation of His presence in gunpowder.”
John Ruskin Quote: “What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant well-being, and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Disorder in a drawing-room is vulgar; in an antiquary’s study, not; the black battle-stain on a soldier’s face is not vulgar, but the dirty face of a housemaid is.”
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: “Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves.”
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: “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: “Hope- the recognition, by true foresight, of better things to be reached here after.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All true opinions are living, and show their life by being capable of nourishment; therefore of change. But their change is that of a tree not of a cloud.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his readers is sure to skip them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The art which we may call generally art of the wayside, as opposed to that which is the business of men’s lives, is, in the best sense of the word, Grotesque.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Other men used their effete faiths and mean faculties with a high moral purpose. The Venetian gave the most earnest faith, and the lordliest faculty, to gild the shadows of an antechamber, or heighten the splendours of a holiday.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Taste is not only a part and index of morality, it is the only morality. The first, and last, and closest trial question to any living creature is “What do you like?” Tell me what you like, I’ll tell you what you are.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You may sell your work, but not your soul.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I’ve seen the Rhine with younger wave, O’er every obstacle to rave. I see the Rhine in his native wild Is still a mighty mountain child.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You may assuredly find perfect peace, if you are resolved to do that which your Lord has plainly required – and content that He should indeed require no more of you – than to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with Him.”
John Ruskin Quote: “What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?”
John Ruskin Quote: “It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.”
John Ruskin Quote: “What is really desired, under the name of riches, is, essentially, power over men; in its simplest sense, the power of obtaining for own own advantage the labour of servant, tradesman, and artist; in wider sense, authority of directing large masses of the nation to various ends.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart.”
John Ruskin Quote: “And besides; the problem of land, at its worst, is a bye one; distribute the earth as you will, the principal question remains inexorable, Who is to dig it? Which of us, in brief word, is to do the hard and dirty work for the rest, and for what pay?”
John Ruskin Quote: “Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “For certainly it is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his reader is sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words, or his reader will certainly misunderstand them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I want to speak to you about the treasures hidden in books; and about the way we find them, and the way we lose them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In the range of inorganic nature. I doubt if any object can be found more perfectly beautiful than a fresh, deep snowdrift, seen under warm light.”
John Ruskin Quote: “People cannot live by lending money to one another.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is no process of amalgamation by which opinions, wrong individually, can become right merely by their multitude.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is a matter of the simplest demonstration, that no man can be really appreciated but by his equal or superior.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Architecture concerns itself only with those characters of an edifice which are above and beyond its common use.”
John Ruskin Quote: “A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.”
John Ruskin Quote: “In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.”
John Ruskin Quote: “One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.”
John Ruskin Quote: “You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Why is one man richer than another? Because he is more industrious, more persevering and more sagacious.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Greater completion marks the progress of art, absolute completion usually its decline.”
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