John Ruskin

1819 - 1900

A Quote by John Ruskin on joy and sorrow

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Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Time and Tide

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A Quote by John Ruskin on history and laws

There is no law of history any more than of a kaleidoscope.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on earth, impossibility, liberty, men, punishment, reason, and universe

How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on effort, judgment, laws, life, and mercy

All things are literally better, lovelier, and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed, that the law of human life may be Effort, and the law of human judgment, Mercy.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: The Stones of Venice

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A Quote by John Ruskin on love, skill, and work

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on deception, lies, and words

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Modern Painters

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A Quote by John Ruskin on facts, intention, meaning, and work

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. There should not be a single ornament put upon great civic buildings, without some intellectual intention.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: The Seven Lamps of Architecture, The Lamp of Memory

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A Quote by John Ruskin on good and praise

They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on beginning and mountains

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

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on bitterness, darkness, evil, and nature

Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself - my disgust at her barbarity -clumsiness - darkness - bitter mockery of herself - is the most desolating.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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