John Ruskin

John Ruskin

English art critic

Lived from: 1819-1900

Category: Media

Quotes: John Ruskin

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    Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.
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    Civilization is the making of civil persons.
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    A book worth reading is worth buying.
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    A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
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    A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

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    A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
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    All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

    Source: Sesame and lilies

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    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.
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    An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.
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    An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
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    Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
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    Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

    Source: The seven lamps of architecture

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    Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. There should not be a single ornament put upon great civic buildings, without some intellectual intention.
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    Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
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    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.
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