John Ruskin Quotes

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

John Ruskin

Bread of flour is good; but there is bread, sweet as honey, if we would eat it, in a good book.

John Ruskin

Obedience is, indeed, founded on a kind of freedom, else it would become mere subjugation, but that freedom is only granted that obedience may be more perfect; and thus while a measure of license is necessary to exhibit the individual energies of things, the fairness and pleasantness and perfection of them all consist in their restraint.

John Ruskin

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

Sculpture is not the mere cutting of the form of anything in stone; it is the cutting of the effect of it. Very often the true form, in the marble, would not be in the least like itself.

John Ruskin

There is no wealth but life.

John Ruskin

Education does not mean teaching people to know what they do not know; it means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.

John Ruskin

The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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