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John Ruskin
John Ruskin

Known for his work in art, literature and architecture, John Ruskin was a well-known poet and social critic in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Never one to shy from controversy, his first major piece, "Modern Painters", immediately caused an uproar with those who defended the old master's approach to landscape. After renouncing art criticism, he focused instead on political commentary. H…

Date of Birth: February 08, 1819
Date of Death: January 20, 1900


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"It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born" John Ruskin
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"Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation." John Ruskin
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"Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future" John Ruskin
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"Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up" John Ruskin
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"Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad." John Ruskin
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"The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which worthily used, will be a gift to his race forever" John Ruskin
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"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
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"Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith." John Ruskin
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"Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime." John Ruskin
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"It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us." John Ruskin
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"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies for instance." John Ruskin
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"The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most." John Ruskin
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"A book worth reading is worth buying." John Ruskin
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"I look upon those pitiful concretions of lime and clay which spring up, in mildewed forwardness, out of the kneaded fields about our capital... not merely with the careless disgust of an offended eye, not merely with sorrow for a desecrated landscape, but with a painful foreboding that the roots of our national greatness must be deeply cankered when they are thus loosely struck in their native ground. The crowded tenements of a struggling and restless population differ only from the tents of the Arab or the Gipsy by their less healthy openness to the air of heaven, and less happy choice of their spot of earth; by their sacrifice of liberty without the gain of rest, and of stability without the luxury of change." John Ruskin
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"Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close." John Ruskin
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"Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly, but there is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them." John Ruskin
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"Give a little to love a child, and you get a great deal back" John Ruskin
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"An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind." John Ruskin
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"Architecture is the work of nations" John Ruskin
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"The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers; but they rise behind her steps, not before them" John Ruskin
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"Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself." John Ruskin
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