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John Ruskin Quotes

(1819-1900), British Critic, Social Theorist

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

Category: Beauty

You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.

Category: Books And Reading

A book worth reading is worth buying.

Category: Books And Reading

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

Category: Books And Reading

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

Category: Books And Reading

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

Category: Books And Reading

To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.

Category: Books And Reading

People cannot live by lending money to one another.

Category: Borrowing

One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.

Category: Change

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.

Category: Change

The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.

Category: Charity

To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.

Category: Cheerfulness

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.

Category: Children

In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.

Category: Children

The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.

Category: Children