John Ruskin

British art critic (1819-1900)

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...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.
Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.
Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts--the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.
In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong honor that try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.
In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
It is written on the arched sky It looks out from every star It is the poetry of Nature It is that which uplifts the spirit within us.
Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.
Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
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.
People cannot live by lending money to one another.
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.
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.
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.
Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, and snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
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.
Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
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.
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.
The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
There is no wealth but life.
This is the true nature of home - it is the place of Peace the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.
This is the true nature of home -- it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from injury, but from all terror, doubt and division.
We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears
We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we can not put our heart.
What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself.

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