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John Ruskin quotes: All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own. All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work, not his own.
John Ruskin quotes: 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. 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 quotes: No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart. No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
John Ruskin quotes: He who is not actively kind is cruel! He who is not actively kind is cruel!
John Ruskin quotes: It is advisable that a person know at least three things, where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances. It is advisable that a person know at least three things, where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances.
John Ruskin quotes: 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. 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 quotes: An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind. An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
John Ruskin quotes: You may sell your work, but not your soul. You may sell your work, but not your soul.
John Ruskin quotes: Your art is to be the praise of something that you love. It may only be the praise of a shell or a stone. Your art is to be the praise of something that you love. It may only be the praise of a shell or a stone.
John Ruskin quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
John Ruskin quotes: A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel. A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.
John Ruskin quotes: The proof of a thing's being right is that it has power over the heart; that it excites us, wins us, or helps us. The proof of a thing's being right is that it has power over the heart; that it excites us, wins us, or helps us.
John Ruskin quotes: When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package. When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.
John Ruskin quotes: You shall have thousands of gold pieces; - thousands of thousands - millions - mountains of gold: where will you keep them? You shall have thousands of gold pieces; - thousands of thousands - millions - mountains of gold: where will you keep them?
John Ruskin quotes: There is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose, and ennobled thereby. There is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose, and ennobled thereby.
John Ruskin quotes: All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity. All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.
John Ruskin quotes: If the design of the building be originally bad, the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity. If the design of the building be originally bad, the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity.
John Ruskin quotes: Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.
John Ruskin quotes: There is nothing so small but that we may honor God by asking His guidance of it, or insult Him by taking it into our own hands. There is nothing so small but that we may honor God by asking His guidance of it, or insult Him by taking it into our own hands.
John Ruskin quotes: The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.
John Ruskin quotes: There is no harm in anybody thinking that Christ is in bread. The harm is in the expectation of His presence in gunpowder. 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 quotes: Anything which elevates the mind is sublime. Greatness of matter, space, power, virtue or beauty, are all sublime. Anything which elevates the mind is sublime. Greatness of matter, space, power, virtue or beauty, are all sublime.
John Ruskin quotes: Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor. Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.
John Ruskin quotes: It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists. It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
John Ruskin quotes: There are many religions, but there is only one morality. There are many religions, but there is only one morality.
John Ruskin quotes: God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it. God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it.
John Ruskin quotes: Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known. Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.
John Ruskin quotes: What we think or what we know or what we believe is in the end of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do What we think or what we know or what we believe is in the end of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do
John Ruskin quotes: Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
John Ruskin quotes: God intends no man to live in this world without working, but it seems to me no less evident that He intends every man to be happy in his work. God intends no man to live in this world without working, but it seems to me no less evident that He intends every man to be happy in his work.
John Ruskin quotes: There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals. There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals.
John Ruskin quotes: 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. 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 quotes: A forest of all manner of trees is poor, if not disagreeable, in effect; a mass of one species of tree is sublime. A forest of all manner of trees is poor, if not disagreeable, in effect; a mass of one species of tree is sublime.
John Ruskin quotes: You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement. You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.
John Ruskin quotes: No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others. No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.
John Ruskin quotes: Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy.Bothyourreligionand policy must be basedon it. Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy.Bothyourreligionand policy must be basedon it.
John Ruskin quotes: Always stand by form against force. Always stand by form against force.
John Ruskin quotes: Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world. Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.
John Ruskin quotes: Order and system are nobler things than power. Order and system are nobler things than power.
John Ruskin quotes: To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meretorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meretorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty
John Ruskin quotes: Contrast increases the splendor of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power. Contrast increases the splendor of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power.
John Ruskin quotes: Many thoughts are so dependent upon the language in which they are clothed that they would lose half their beauty if otherwise expressed. Many thoughts are so dependent upon the language in which they are clothed that they would lose half their beauty if otherwise expressed.
John Ruskin quotes: The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present. The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
John Ruskin quotes: Beautiful art can only be produced by people who have beautiful things about them. Beautiful art can only be produced by people who have beautiful things about them.
John Ruskin quotes: There are no laws by which we can write Iliads. There are no laws by which we can write Iliads.
John Ruskin quotes: We are, after all, only trustees of the wealth we possess. Without the community and its resources ... there would be little wealth for anyone. We are, after all, only trustees of the wealth we possess. Without the community and its resources ... there would be little wealth for anyone.
John Ruskin quotes: One of the worst diseases to which the human creature is liable is its disease of thinking. One of the worst diseases to which the human creature is liable is its disease of thinking.
John Ruskin quotes: I used to lie down on the grass and draw the blades as they grew - until every square foot of meadow, or mossy bank, became a possession to me. I used to lie down on the grass and draw the blades as they grew - until every square foot of meadow, or mossy bank, became a possession to me.
John Ruskin quotes: The power of association is stronger than the power of beauty; therefore, the power of association is the power of beauty. The power of association is stronger than the power of beauty; therefore, the power of association is the power of beauty.
John Ruskin quotes: Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death. Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.
John Ruskin quotes: As in the instances of alchemy, astrology, witchcraft, and other such popular creeds, political economy, has a plausible idea at the root of it. 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 quotes: I know well that happiness is in little things. I know well that happiness is in little things.
John Ruskin quotes: If you do not wish for His kingdom, don't pray for it. But if you do, you must do more than pray for it, you must work for it. If you do not wish for His kingdom, don't pray for it. But if you do, you must do more than pray for it, you must work for it.
John Ruskin quotes: It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born. It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born.
John Ruskin quotes: Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn. Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.
John Ruskin quotes: In order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work. In order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work.
John Ruskin quotes: We are only advancing in life, whose hearts are getting softer, our blood warmer, our brains quicker, and our spirits entering into living peace. We are only advancing in life, whose hearts are getting softer, our blood warmer, our brains quicker, and our spirits entering into living peace.
John Ruskin quotes: 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. 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 quotes: 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. 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 quotes: Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God. Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God.
John Ruskin quotes: If you can draw the stone rightly, everything within reach of art is also within yours. If you can draw the stone rightly, everything within reach of art is also within yours.
John Ruskin quotes: Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition. Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
John Ruskin quotes: A book worth reading is worth owning. A book worth reading is worth owning.
John Ruskin quotes: Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it. Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
John Ruskin quotes: It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning. It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.