Author

John
Ruskin
1819
1901

English Critic, Essayist, Social Reformer

Author Quotes

[We blanch cotton, and strengthen steel, and refine sugar, and shape pottery; but to brighten, to strengthen, to refine, or to form a single living spirit, never enters into our estimate of advantages.

Wise laws and just restrains are to a noble nation not chains, but chains of mail, strength and defense, though something of an encumbrance.

You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to other account than mere delight.

When God shuts a door, he opens a window.

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion - all in one.

To yield reverence to another, to hold ourselves and our lives at his disposal, is not slavery; often, it is the noblest state in which a man can live in this world.

Though nature is constantly beautiful, she does not exhibit her highest powers of beauty constantly; for then they would satiate us, and pall upon our senses. It is necessary to their appreciation that they should be rarely shown. Her finest touches are things which must be watched for; her most perfect passages of beauty are the most evanescent.

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men, that most love variety and change.

There's no music in "rest," but there's the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life melody, always talking of perseverance and courage and fortitude; but patience is the finest and worthiest part of fortitude, and the rarest, too.

There is no wealth but life.

There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

There is a care for trifles which proceeds from love of conscience, and is most holy; and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base.

The... closest trial question to any living creature is, "What do you like?" Tell me what you like, and I'll tell you what you are.

The whole period of youth is one essentially of formation, edification, instruction, I use the words with their weight in them; in taking of stores, establishment in vital habits, hopes and faiths. There is not an hour of it but is trembling with destinies, not a moment of which, once past, the appointed work can ever be done again, or the neglected blow struck on the cold iron.

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.

The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which worthily used, will be a gift also to his race.

The truths of nature are one eternal change, one infinite variety. There is no bush on the face of the globe exactly like another bush; there are no two trees in the forest whose boughs bend into the same network, nor two leaves on the same tree which could not be told one form the other, nor two waves in the sea exactly alike.

The question is now what a man can scorn, or disparage, or find fault with, but what he can love and value and appreciate.

The religion that makes the purest and happiest homes will always be the best for any country.

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.

The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities.

The power of association is stronger than the power of beauty; therefore, the power of association is the power of beauty.

The passions of mankind are partly protective, partly beneficent, like the chaff and grain of the corn, but none without their use, none without nobleness when seen in balanced unity with the rest of the spirit which they are charged to defend.

The highest thoughts are those which are least dependent on language, and the dignity of any composition and praise to which it is entitled are in exact proportion to is dependency of language and expression.

First Name
John
Last Name
Ruskin
Birth Date
1819
Death Date
1901
Bio

English Critic, Essayist, Social Reformer