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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: “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: “We may, without offending any laws of good taste, require of an architect, as we do of a novelist, that he should be not only correct, but entertaining.”
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: “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: “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: “The time is probably near when a new system of architectural laws will be developed, adapted entirely to metallic construction.”
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: “Greatness is not a teachable nor gainable thing, but the expression of the mind of a God-made great man.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.”
John Ruskin Quote: “I libri si dividono in due categorie: i libri per adesso e i libri per sempre.”
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: “There is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose, and ennobled thereby.”
John Ruskin Quote: “It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space is false which represents nothing.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.”
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.”
John Ruskin Quote: “God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it.”
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: “The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.”
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: “See that your children be taught, not only the labors of the earth, but the loveliness of it.”
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: “There are no laws by which we can write Iliads.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Once thoroughly our own knowledge ceases to give us pleasure.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Borrowers are nearly always ill-spenders, and it is with lent money that all evil is mainly done and all unjust war protracted.”
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: “Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.”
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: “Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie.”
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: “All really great pictures exhibit the general habits of nature, manifested in some peculiar, rare, and beautiful way.”
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: “Never has interest in art been so high, and never has quality been so low.”
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 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: “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: “If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the of ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Of human work none but what is bad can be perfect in its own bad way.”
John Ruskin Quote: “All great song, from the first day when human lips contrived syllables, has been sincere song.”
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: “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: “Men have commonly more pleasure in the criticism which hurts than in that which is innocuous, and are more tolerant of the severity which breaks hearts and ruins fortunes than of that which falls impotently on the grave.”
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: “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.”
John Ruskin Quote: “Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.”
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