John Ruskin Quotes

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There is no Wealth but Life.

wealth life

Industry without art is brutality.
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Genius is only a superior power of seeing.
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Conceit may puff a man up but never props him up.
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conceit

When we build, let us think that we build forever.

architecture

The first test of a truly great man is his humility.
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greatness

It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born.
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No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

architecture

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

art masterpiece

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

possessions

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

mistakes pride

Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.
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Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back.
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children

Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
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parents

Life without industry is guilt, industry without art is brutality.
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art

When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.
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egotism

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
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The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and Divine power.

imagination

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

art

In painting as in eloquence, the greater your strength, the quieter your manner.

painting eloquence

There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

weather

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting the answer.
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management

Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect, and passion in their operation.
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skill

All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
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The question is not so much what money you have in your pocket, as what you will buy with it.
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The work of science is to substitute facts for appearance, and demonstrations for impressions.
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science

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

art

The greatest thing a human being ever does is to see something and tell what he sees in a plain way.
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There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper.
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quality

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
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beauty

He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his work, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.

ideas artists

The fact is, that, of all God's gifts to the sight of man, color is the holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.

color

When men are rightly occupied, their amusement grows out of their work, as the color-petals out of a fruitful flower.
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No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort; a great thing can only be done by a great man, and he does it without effort.
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The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as its greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.
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This is the true nature of home — it is the place of Peace; the shelter, not only from all injury, but from all terror, doubt, and division.
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Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves; and art exclusively with things as they affect the human sense and human soul.

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Your minds are endowed with a vast number of gifts of totally different uses—limbs of mind as it were, which, if you don't exercise, you cripple.

talent mind

In the range of inorganic nature, I doubt if any object can be found more perfectly beautiful than a fresh, deep snowdrift, seen under warm light.
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nature

You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicate ways, improve yourself.
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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, just different kinds of good weather.
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Science has to do with facts, art with phenomena. To science, phenomena are of use only as they lead to facts; and to art, facts are of use only as they lead to phenomena.

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In order that men may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be for it: They must not do too much of it: And they must have a sense of success in it.
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All artist should be well read in the best books, and thoroughly high bred, both in heart and bearing. In a word, he should be fit for the best society, and should keep out of it.
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artists

In order that people may be happy in their work these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.
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work

Your minds are endowed with a vast number of gifts of totally different uses—limbs of mind as it were, which, if you don't exercise, you cripple.  One is curiosity; that is a gift, a capacity of pleasure in knowing; which if you destroy, you make yourselves cold and dull.

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