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John Ruskin Quotes

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John Ruskin quotes

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.

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

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

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.

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

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.

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

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place, than to expand both indiscriminately.

Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.

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

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

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

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.

Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.

The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.

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

Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.

One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.