John Ruskin Quotes

John Ruskin

(1819-1900)

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He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.

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Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

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I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

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In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

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Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

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The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world...To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

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When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

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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.

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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.

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Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

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Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.

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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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There is hardly anything
in the world
that some man
cannot make a little worse
cannot make a little cheaper
and the people
who consider price only
are this man

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

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There is no wealth but life.

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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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