John Ruskin

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John Ruskin

John Ruskin

I look upon those pitiful concretions of lime and clay which spring up, in mildewed forwardness, out of the kneaded fields about our capital... not merely with the careless disgust of an offended eye, not merely with sorrow for a desecrated landscape, but with a painful foreboding that the roots of our national greatness must be deeply cankered when they are thus loosely struck in their native ground. The crowded tenements of a struggling and restless population differ only from the tents of the Arab or the Gipsy by their less healthy openness to the air of heaven, and less happy choice of their spot of earth; by their sacrifice of liberty without the gain of rest, and of stability without the luxury of change.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Civilization is the making of civil persons.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A book worth reading is worth buying.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
People cannot live by lending money to one another.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have... insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Give little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities, louder than the furnace blast, is all in very deed for this -- that we manufacture everything there except men.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It is not, truly speaking, the labor that is divided; but the men: divided into mere segments of men --broken into small fragments and crumbs of life, so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin, or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.More John Ruskin [01/01/2000 12:01:00]

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