Quotes by John Ruskin

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John Ruskin (February 8, 1819 January 20, 1900) was an English author, poet and artist, although more famous for his work as art critic and social critic. Ruskin's thinking on art and architecture became the thinking of the Victorian and Edwardian eras. more

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No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.

The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.
Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
The higher a man stands, the more the word vulgar becomes unintelligible to him.
Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant well-being, and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.
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 reader is sure to skip them.
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.
Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.
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.
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.

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