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John Ruskin Quotes

(1819-1900), British Critic, Social Theorist

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

Category: Ability

No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

Category: Ability

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

Category: Ability

Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

Category: Aid And Assistance

The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.

Category: Anger

No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.

Category: Appearance

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

Category: Architecture

When we build, let us think that we build for ever.

Category: Architecture

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.

Category: Architecture

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.

Category: Architecture

We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!

Category: Architecture

I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.

Category: Arts And Artists

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

Category: Arts And Artists

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.

Category: Arts And Artists

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

Category: Beauty