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John Ruskin

  • No one can do me any good by loving me; I have more love than I need or could do any good with; but people do me good by making me love them - which isn't easy.

  • I know well that happiness is in little things.

  • The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.

  • Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.

  • The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.

  • There is no wealth but life.

  • God alone can finish.

  • Absolute and entire ugliness is rare.

  • The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.

  • When men are rightly occupied, their amusement grows out of their work, as the color - petals out of a fruitful flower.

  • No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

  • 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.

  • Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless, peacocks and lilies for instance.

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

  • The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

  • The beauty of the animal form is in exact proportion to the amount of moral and intellectual virtue expressed by it.

  • If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.

  • I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility.

  • Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of man in strong health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor or erring habits of life.

  • Fine are is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

  • 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.

  • Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little need of reform in our prisons.

  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.

  • To live is nothing, unless to live be to know Him by whom we live.

  • All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another; and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it.

  • God gives us always strength enough, and sense enough, for everything He wants us to do.

  • Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.

  • When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.

  • To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

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