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36 Famous Quotes by John Ruskin
2/8/1819 - 1/20/1900
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Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort.

Quality Quotes, by John Ruskin

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

Honesty Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Bad men excuse their faults; good men abandon them

Faults Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Whether the weather be fine, Whether the weather be not, Whether the weather be cold, Whether the weather be hot, We'll weather the weather, Whatever the whether, Whether we like it or not

Weather Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future

Obligation Quotes, by John Ruskin

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The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.

Reward Quotes, by John Ruskin

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When I have been unhappy, I have heard an opera... and it seemed the shrieking of winds; when I am happy, a sparrow's chirp is delicious to me. But it is not the chirp that makes me happy, but I that make it sweet.

Self-reliance Quotes, by John Ruskin

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The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers; but they rise behind her steps, not before them

Virtue Quotes, by John Ruskin

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There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

Weather Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.

Mountains Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: True and Beautiful--Nature--Mountains (p. 91)

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When you've walked up the Rue la Paix at Paris, Been to the Louvre and the Tuileries, And to Versailles, although to go so far is A thing not quite consistent with your ease, And--but the mass of objects quite a bar is To my describing what the traveller sees. You who have ever been to Paris, know; And you who have not been to Paris--go!

Paris Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: A Tour Through France (st. 12)

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You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to other account than mere delight.

Enjoyment Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: Stones of Venice (vol. I, ch. II)

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October's foliage yellows with his cold.

October Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: The Months

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I have a dog of Blenheim birth, With fine long ears and full of mirth; And sometimes, running o'er the plain, He tumbles on his nose: But quickly jumping up again, Like lightning on he goes!

Dogs Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: My Dog Dash

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

Pride Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Conception of God (p. 426)

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Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up. - John Ruskin,

Conceit Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Function of the Artist

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Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing.

Painting Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: True and Beautiful--Painting (introduction)

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If it is the love of that which your work represents--if, being a landscape painter, it is love of hills and trees that moves you--if, being a figure painter, it is love of human beauty, and human soul that moves you--if, being a flower or animal painter, it is love, and wonder, and delight in petal and in limb that move you, then the Spirit is upon you, and the earth is yours, and the fullness thereof.

Painting Quotes, by John Ruskin , Source: The Two Paths (lect. I)

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

Education Quotes, by John Ruskin

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You cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does, she will wither without sun; she will decay in her sheath as a narcissus will if you do not give her air enough; she might fall and defile her head in dust if you leave her without help at some moments in her life; but you cannot fetter her; she must take her own fair form and way if she take any.

Growth Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.

Spirituality Quotes, by John Ruskin

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A knaveā€™s religion is always the rottenest thing about him.

Knave Quotes, by John Ruskin

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The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.

Language Quotes, by John Ruskin

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Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.

Punishment Quotes, by John Ruskin

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

Rivalry Quotes, by John Ruskin

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