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Quotations by author » John Ruskin
English Writer and Critic of art, architecture, and society, 1819-1900
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A book worth reading is worth buying.
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A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
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A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
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A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
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All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
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All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another; and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it
Art
Along the iron veins that traverse the frame of our country, beat and flow the fiery pulses of its exertion, hotter and faster every hour. All vitality is concentrated through those throbbing arteries into the central cities; the country is passed over like a green sea by narrow bridges, and we are thrown back in continually closer crowds on the city gates.
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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.
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An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.
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An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
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Architecture is the work of nations
Architecture
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
Art
Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad.
Humility
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.
Beauty
Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails, with here and there an also dropped hammer.
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Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the Deity to be a source of delight
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Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health, as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom, there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life
Cheerfulness
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.
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Civilization is the making of civil persons.
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Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up
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