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)
Contributed by: Zaady
Do not think it wasted time to submit yourself to any influence that will bring upon you any noble feeling.
Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work?
How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
Without the perfect sympathy with the animals around them, no gentleman's education, no Christian education, could be of any possible use.
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.
All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
Source: Sesame and Lilies
What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses? [cars?]
But whether thus submissively or not, at least be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
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