John Ruskin

John Ruskin

John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy.

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It is written on the arched sky, it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature, it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

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.

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.

The first duty of government is to see that people have food fuel and clothes. The second that they have means of moral and intellectual education.

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

Music when healthy is the teacher of perfect order and when depraved the teacher of perfect disorder.

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price and to be bought for it.

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.

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

No human being however great or powerful was ever so free as a fish.

Fine art is that in which the hand the head and the heart of man go together.

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

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.

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life and every setting sun be to you as its close.

The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed clothed fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.

He that would be angry and sin not must not be angry with anything but sin.

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.

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

The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.

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