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John Ruskin quotes

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

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

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

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.

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.

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

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