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John Ruskin Quotes

(1819-1900), British Critic, Social Theorist

When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.

Category: Egotism

Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.

Category: Enjoyment

Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.

Category: Faith

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.

Category: Fishing

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.

Category: Fortune

Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.

Category: Freedom

Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things.

Category: Friends And Friendship

You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.

Category: Gambling

You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.

Category: Girls

Give little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.

Category: Giving

It is far better to give work that is above a person, than to educate the person to be above their work.

Category: Goals

A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.

Category: Greatness

Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.

Category: Guilt

It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have... insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.

Category: Heritage

If men lived like men indeed, their houses would be temples -- temples which we should hardly dare to injure, and in which it would make us holy to be permitted to live; and there must be a strange dissolution of natural affection, a strange unthankfulness for all that homes have given and parents taught, a strange consciousness that we have been unfaithful to our fathers honor, or that our own lives are not such as would make our dwellings sacred to our children, when each man would fain build to himself, and build for the little revolution of his own life only.

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