John Ruskin Quotes

John Ruskin Quotes: How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.
Author: John Ruskin
The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.
Author: John Ruskin
Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
Author: John Ruskin
There is nothing that this age, from whatever standpoint we survey it, needs more, physically, intellectually, and morally, than thorough ventilation.
Author: John Ruskin
Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time, and not be discouraged at the rests. If we say sadly to ourselves,
Author: John Ruskin
The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.
Author: John Ruskin
All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy.
Author: John Ruskin
The repose necessary to all beauty is repose, not of inanition, nor of luxury, nor of irresolution, but the repose of magnificent energy and being; in action, the calmness of trust and determination; in rest, the consciousness of duty accomplished and of victory won; and this repose and this felicity can take place as well in the midst of trial and tempest, as beside the waters of comfort.
Author: John Ruskin
We shall be remembered in history as the most cruel, and therefore the most unwise, generation of men that ever yet troubled the earth: the most cruel in proportion to their sensibility, the most unwise in proportion to their science. No people, understanding pain, ever inflicted so much: no people, understanding facts, ever acted on them so little.
Author: John Ruskin
Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means; the training which makes man happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others.
Author: John Ruskin
In all things that live there are certain irregularities, and deficiencies which are not only signs of life, but sources of beauty. No human face is exactly the same in its lines on each side, no leaf perfect in its lobes, no branch in its symmetry.
Author: John Ruskin
It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.
Author: John Ruskin
However good you may be you have faults; however dull you may be you can find out what some of them are, and however slight they may be you had better make some - not too painful, but patient efforts to get rid of them.
Author: John Ruskin
I used to lie down on the grass and draw the blades as they grew - until every square foot of meadow, or mossy bank, became a possession to me.
Author: John Ruskin
It is only by labour that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labour can be made happy, and the two cannot be separated with impunity.
Author: John Ruskin
If there be any one principle more widely than another confessed by every utterance, or more sternly than another imprinted on every atom of the visible creation, that principle is not liberty, but law.
Author: John Ruskin
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
Author: John Ruskin
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.
Author: John Ruskin