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John Ruskin Quotes

A book worth reading is worth buying.

A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.

All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.

All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy.

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

Civilization is the making of civil persons.

Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make.

Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.

Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.

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