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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No person who is well bred kind and modest is ever offensively plain, all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
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.
There is never vulgarity in a whole truth however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth or in affectation.
The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.