John Ruskin

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John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also 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. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation. ... More

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John Ruskin #Age #Men

Photo of John Ruskin No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.
John Ruskin #Anger

Photo of John Ruskin He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
John Ruskin #Architecture

Photo of John Ruskin No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
John Ruskin #Art #Positive #Truth

Photo of John Ruskin Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
John Ruskin #Art

Photo of John Ruskin Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
John Ruskin #Art #Great #Work

Photo of John Ruskin All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
John Ruskin #Art #Great

Photo of 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 #Art

Photo of John Ruskin All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
John Ruskin #Art #Change

Photo of John Ruskin No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
John Ruskin #Art #Best #Business

Photo of John Ruskin The art which we may call generally art of the wayside, as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives, is, in the best sense of the word, Grotesque.
John Ruskin #Beauty #Patience #Strength

Photo of John Ruskin Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
John Ruskin #Beauty

Photo of John Ruskin Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
John Ruskin #Best

Photo of John Ruskin How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
John Ruskin #Death #Work

Photo of John Ruskin Whether for life or death, do your own work well.
John Ruskin #Education

Photo of John Ruskin To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
John Ruskin #Education #Work

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

Photo of John Ruskin The child who desires education will be bettered by it the child who dislikes it disgraced.
John Ruskin #Experience

Photo of John Ruskin Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.
John Ruskin #Age #Best #Work

Photo of John Ruskin Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
John Ruskin #Family #Great #Love

Photo of John Ruskin Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
John Ruskin #Good #Nature

Photo of 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 #Great #Money

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

Photo of John Ruskin I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
John Ruskin #Education

Photo of John Ruskin Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
John Ruskin #Great

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