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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: “Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself -my disgust at her barbarity -clumsiness -darkness -bitter mockery of herself -is the most desolating.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No amount of pay ever made a good soldier, a good teacher, a good artist, or a good workman.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Hope- the recognition, by true foresight, of better things to be reached here after.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All really great pictures exhibit the general habits of nature, manifested in some peculiar, rare, and beautiful way.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Now observe; if the artist does not understand the sacredness of the truth of Impression, and supposes that, once quitting hold of his first thought, he may by Philosophy compose something prettier than he saw and mightier than he felt, it is all over with him. Every such attempt at composition will be utterly abortive, and end in something that is neither true nor fanciful; something geographically useless, and intellectually absurd.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Butforme, theAlps and their peoplewerealikebeautiful in their snow, and their humanity; and I wanted, neither for them nor myself, sight of any thrones in heaven but the rocks, or of any spirits in heaven but the clouds.”
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: “See that your children be taught, not only the labors of the earth, but the loveliness of it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I libri si dividono in due categorie: i libri per adesso e i libri per sempre.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Never has interest in art been so high, and never has quality been so low.”
John Ruskin Quote: “People are always expecting to get peace in heaven: but you know whatever peace they get there will be ready-made. Whatever making of peace they can be blest for, must be on the earth here.”
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: “To follow art for the sake of being a great man, and therefore to cast about continually for some means of achieving position or attracting admiration, is the surest way of ending in total extinction.”
John Ruskin Quote: “That man is always happy who is in the presence of something which he cannot know to the full, which he is always going on to know.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All great song, from the first day when human lips contrived syllables, has been sincere song.”
John Ruskin Quote: “God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The man who says to one, go, and he goeth, and to another, come, and he cometh, has, in most cases, more sense of restraint and difficulty than the man who obeys him.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The only absolutely and unapproachably heroic element in the soldier’s work seems to be-that he is paid little for it-and regularly.”
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: “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: “A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.”
John Ruskin Quote: “To be taught to read – what is the use of that, if you know not whether what you read is false or true? To be taught to write or to speak – but what is the use of speaking, if you have nothing to say? To be taught to think – nay, what is the use of being able to think, if you have nothing to think of? But to be taught to see is to gain word and thought at once, and both true.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Childhood often holds a truth with its feeble finger, which the grasp of manhood cannot retain, – which it is the pride of utmost age to recover.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The secret of language is the secret of sympathy, and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.”
John Ruskin Quote: “At every moment of our lives we should be trying to find out, not in what we differ with other people, but in what we agree with them.”
John Ruskin Quote: “That which is required in order to the attainment of accurate conclusions respecting the essence of the Beautiful is nothing morethan earnest, loving, and unselfish attention to our impressions of it.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Of human work none but what is bad can be perfect in its own bad way.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.”
John Ruskin Quote: “No divine terror will ever be found in the work of the man who wastes a colossal strength in elaborating toys; for the first lesson that terror is sent to teach us is, the value of the human soul, and the shortness of mortal time.”
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: “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: “The time is probably near when a new system of architectural laws will be developed, adapted entirely to metallic construction.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I do not believe that ever any building was truly great, unless it had mighty masses, vigorous and deep, of shadow mingled with its surface.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Unless we perform divine service with every willing act of our life, we never perform it at all.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is among children, and as children only, that you will find your healing and true wisdom for your teaching.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Perfect taste is the faculty of receiving the greatest possible pleasure from those material sources which are attractive to oar moral nature in its purity and perfection.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The greatest minds are marked by nothing more distinctly than an inconceivable humility, and acceptance of work or instruction in any form and from any quarter. They will learn from everybody, and do anything that anybody asks of them so long as it involves only toil, or what other men might think degradation.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The power of painter or poet to describe what he calls an ideal thing depends upon its being to him not an ideal but a real thing. No man ever did or ever will work well but either from actual sight or sight of faith.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It does not much matter that an individual loses two or three hundred pounds in buying a bad picture, but it is to be regretted that a nation should lose two or three hundred thousand in raising a ridiculous building.”
John Ruskin Quote: “The persons who become rich are, generally speaking, industrious, resolute, proud, covetous, prompt, methodical, sensible, unimaginative, insensitive, and ignorant. The persons who remain poor are the entirely foolish, the entirely wise, the idle, the reckless, the humble, the thoughtful, the dull, the imaginative, the sensitive, the well-informed, the improvident, the irregularly and impulsively wicked, the clumsy knave, the open thief, and the entirely merciful just and godly person.”
John Ruskin Quote: “There is a satisfactory and available power in every one to learn drawing if he wishes, just as nearly all persons have the power of learning French, Latin or arithmetic, in a decent and useful degree.”
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