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John Ruskin Quotes

Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort. – John Ruskin

The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it. – John Ruskin

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

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride. – John Ruskin

The highest and most beautiful things in life are not to be heard about, nor read about, nor seen but, if one will, are to be lived. – John Ruskin

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

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality. – John Ruskin

The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it. – John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder. – John Ruskin

The more I think of it, I find this conclusion more impressed upon me — that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

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

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. – John Ruskin

Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back. – John Ruskin

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. – John Ruskin

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. – John Ruskin

To draw the hard lines of life without showing the shade in them is to lose the whole effect. – John Ruskin

The force of the intellect is cumulative. – John Ruskin

A true teacher defends his students against his own personal influence. – John Ruskin

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words. – John Ruskin

I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. – John Ruskin

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. – John Ruskin

The strength and power of a country depend absolutely on the quantity of good souls in it. – John Ruskin

The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things but enjoy the right things. – John Ruskin

It is not wealth or splendor, but tranquility and occupation which gives happiness. – John Ruskin

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

The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. – John Ruskin

To be taught to read — what is the use of that, if you know not whether what you read is false or true? – John Ruskin

The true work of art is but the shadow of the divine perfection. – John Ruskin

It is far better to give work that is above a person but within their reach, than to give work that is below them. – John Ruskin

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If they are not a sculptor or painter, they can only be a builder. – John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

It is with art as with measles: we can only have it once in our life. – John Ruskin

The true teacher defends his pupils against his own personal influence. – John Ruskin

Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. – John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and then tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance. – John Ruskin

There is no wealth but life. – John Ruskin

Art is the giving by each man of his evidence to the world. – John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something and then tell what it saw in a plain way. – John Ruskin

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. – John Ruskin

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel. – John Ruskin

It is unwise to be too sure of one’s own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err. – John Ruskin

Taste is the only morality. – John Ruskin

The first test of a truly great man is his humility. – John Ruskin

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. – John Ruskin

The best thing we can do with critics is to thank them for what they tell us and leave them. – John Ruskin

It is not words that shake me thus. Could words be found like bombs, to rive the world in two, I should be calm. – John Ruskin

Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back. – John Ruskin

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