John Ruskin

1819 - 1900

A Quote by John Ruskin on cleverness, genius, giving, indolence, men, promises, questions, and work

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?

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on intelligence, life, and men

It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men: divided into mere segments of men - broken into small fragments and crumbs of life, so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin, or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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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 books and people

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on animals, christianity, education, and sympathy

Without the perfect sympathy with the animals around them, no gentleman's education, no Christian education, could be of any possible use.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin

Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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A Quote by John Ruskin on expectation

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.

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A Quote by John Ruskin on books and time

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All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Sesame and Lilies

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A Quote by John Ruskin on books, horses, libraries, nations, and privacy

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?]

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Sesame and Lilies

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A Quote by John Ruskin on authors and meaning

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.

John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

Source: Sesame and Lilies

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