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John Ruskin
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It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning. John Ruskin
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There are many religions, but there is only one morality. John Ruskin
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When men do not love their hearth, nor reverence their thresholds, it is a sign that they have dishonoured both ... Our God is a house-hold God, as well as a heavenly one; He has an altar in every man's dwelling. John Ruskin
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If the design of the building be originally bad, the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity. John Ruskin
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The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things - not merely industrious, but to love industry - not merely learned, but to love knowledge - not merely pure, but to love purity - not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice. John Ruskin
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I do not believe that any peacock envies another peacock his tail, because every peacock is persuaded that his own tail is the finest in the world. The consequence of this is that peacocks are peaceable birds. John Ruskin
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People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser...and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic. John Ruskin
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All art is but dirtying the paper delicately. John Ruskin
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God has lent us the earth for our life; it is a great entail. It belongs as much to those who are to come after us, and whose names are already written in the book of creation, as to us; and we have no right, by anything that we do or neglect, to involve them in unnecessary penalties, or deprive them of benefits which it was in our power to bequeath. John Ruskin
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There is no climate, no place, and scarcely an hour, in which nature does not exhibit color which no mortal effort can imitate or approach. For all our artificial pigments are, even when seen under the same circumstances, dead and lightless beside her living color; nature exhibits her hues under an intensity of sunlight which trebles their brilliancy. John Ruskin
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There is no law of history any more than of a kaleidoscope. John Ruskin
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Drawing is a means of obtaining and communicating knowledge John Ruskin
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There is no wealth but life. John Ruskin
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The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. John Ruskin
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No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. John Ruskin
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So long as we see the stones and joints, and are not deceived as to the points of support in any piece of architecture, we may rather praise than regret the dexterous artifices which compel us to feel as if there were fibre in its shafts and life in its branches. John Ruskin
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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
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What do you suppose makes all men look back to the time of childhood with so much regret (if their childhood has been, in any moderate degree, healthy or peaceful)? That rich charm, which the least possession had for us, was in consequence of the poorness of our treasures. John Ruskin
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An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men. John Ruskin
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It is a matter of the simplest demonstration, that no man can be really appreciated but by his equal or superior. John Ruskin
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I believe that there is no test of greatness in periods, nations or men more sure than the development, among them or in them, of a noble grotesque, and no test of comparative smallness or limitation, of one kind or another, more sure than the absence of grotesque invention, or incapability of understanding it. John Ruskin
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God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it-a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place. John Ruskin
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All men who have sense and feeling are being continually helped; they are taught by every person they meet, and enriched by everything that falls in their way. The greatest, is he who has been oftenest aided. Originality is the observing eye. John Ruskin
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We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. John Ruskin
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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
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There is scarcely anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply. The person who buys on price alone is this man's lawful prey. John Ruskin
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Value is the life-giving power of anything; cost, the quantity of labor required to produce it; price, the quantity of labor which its possessor will take in exchange for it. John Ruskin
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Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing. John Ruskin
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Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them. John Ruskin
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Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last. John Ruskin
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How can man understand God, since he does not yet understand his own mind, with which he endeavors to understand Him? The infinity of God is not mysterious, it is only unfathomable - not concealed, but incomprehensible. It is a clear infinity - the darkness of the pure, unsearchable sea. John Ruskin
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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; and what is true of the Deity is equally true of His revelation. John Ruskin
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Self-command is often thought a characteristic of high breeding. A true gentleman has no need of self-command; he simply feels rightly in all directions on all occasions, and, desiring to express only so much of his feeling as it is right to express, does not need to command himself. John Ruskin
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People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic. John Ruskin
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The best thing in life aren't things. John Ruskin
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Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections. John Ruskin
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The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power. John Ruskin
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Without seeking, truth cannot be known at all. It can neither be declared from pulpits, nor set down in articles, nor in any wise prepared and sold in packages ready for use. Truth must be ground for every man by itself out of it such, with such help as he can get, indeed, but not without stern labor of his own. John Ruskin
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What is really desired, under the name of riches, is essentially, power over men ... this power ... is in direct proportion to the poverty of the men over whom it is exercised, and in inverse proportion to the number of persons who are as rich as ourselves. John Ruskin
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To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered. John Ruskin
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There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals. John Ruskin
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All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong. John Ruskin
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Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means; the training which makes man happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others. John Ruskin
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Geology does better in reclothing dry bones and revealing lost creations, than in tracing veins of lead and beds of iron; astronomy better in opening to us the houses of heaven than in teaching navigation; surgery better in investigating organiation than in setting limbs; only it is ordained that, for our encouragement, every step we make in science adds something to its practical applicabilities. John Ruskin
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The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities. John Ruskin
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Pleasure comes through toil, and not by self indulgence and indolence. When one gets to love work, his life is a happy one. John Ruskin
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What is the cheapest to you now is likely to be the dearest to you in the end. John Ruskin
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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
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Don't just look at buildings ... watch them. John Ruskin
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One can't be angry when one looks at a penguin. John Ruskin
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All real and wholesome enjoyments possible to people have been just as possible to them since first they were made of the earth as they are now; and they are possible to them chiefly in peace. To watch the corn grow, and the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over plowshare or spade; to read, to think, to love, to hope: these are the things that make people happy. John Ruskin
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[For men] to feel their souls withering within them, unthanked, to find their whole being sunk into an unrecognized abyss, to be counted off into a heap of mechanism numbered with its wheels, and weighed with its hammer strokes - this, nature bade not, - this, God blesses not, - this, humanity for no long time is able to endure. John Ruskin
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You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor. John Ruskin
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Modern science gives lectures on botany, to show there is no such thing as a flower; on humanity, to show there is no such thing as a man; and on theology, to show there is no such thing as a God. No such thing as a man, but only a mechanism, No such thing as a God, but only a series of forces. John Ruskin
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No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry. All admit irregularity as they imply change; and to banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy. John Ruskin
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When we build ... let it not be for present delights nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think ... that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor, and the wrought substance of them, See! This our fathers did for us! John Ruskin
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I know few Christians so convinced of the splendor of the rooms in their Father's house, as to be happier when their friends are called to those mansions... Nor has the Church's ardent "desire to depart, and be with Christ," ever cured it of the singular habit of putting on mourning for every person summoned to such departure. John Ruskin
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Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. John Ruskin
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Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery. John Ruskin
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Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. John Ruskin
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The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. John Ruskin
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I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it? John Ruskin
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But whether thus submissively or not, at least be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours. John Ruskin
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The word "Blue" does not mean the sensation caused by a gentian on the human eye; but it means the power of producing that sensation: and this power is always there, in the thing, whether we are there to experience it or not, and would remain there though there were not a man left on the face of the earth. John Ruskin
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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
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Levi's station in life was the receipt of custom; and Peter's, the shore of Galilee; and Paul's, the antechambers of the High- Priest, which "station in life" each had to leave, with brief notice. John Ruskin
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If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying. John Ruskin
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It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. John Ruskin
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Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work? John Ruskin
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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
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