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John Ruskin Quotes

(1819-1900), British Critic, Social Theorist

Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.

Category: Churches

The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.

Category: Churches

I look upon those pitiful concretions of lime and clay which spring up, in mildewed forwardness, out of the kneaded fields about our capital... not merely with the careless disgust of an offended eye, not merely with sorrow for a desecrated landscape, but with a painful foreboding that the roots of our national greatness must be deeply cankered when they are thus loosely struck in their native ground. The crowded tenements of a struggling and restless population differ only from the tents of the Arab or the Gipsy by their less healthy openness to the air of heaven, and less happy choice of their spot of earth; by their sacrifice of liberty without the gain of rest, and of stability without the luxury of change.

Category: Cities And City Life

Civilization is the making of civil persons.

Category: Civilization

Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.

Category: Color

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

Category: Color

A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.

Category: Cost

We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind.

Category: Creation

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.

Category: Curses

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

Category: Death And Dying

Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.

Category: Desire

Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.

Category: Economy And Economics

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.

Category: Education

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

Category: Education

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

Category: Education