John Ruskin

John Ruskin

John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, botany and political economy.

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A book worth reading is worth buying.

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.

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

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty.

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

Every great person is always being helped by everybody, for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.

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

Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly which is done in pride.

All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour and the books of all time.

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated, far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place, than to expand both indiscriminately.

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.

In order that people may be happy in their work these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it.

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