John Ruskin QuotesRating Mail
Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.
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Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles, but by producing them. They don't live by trade, but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions.
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Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.
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Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
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Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.
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Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
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Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
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Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.
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Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
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No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
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No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
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No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.
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No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
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No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.
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No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
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No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
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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.
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Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.
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Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
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One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.
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Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.
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Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
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Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
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Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.
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Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
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Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
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Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
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The art which we may call generally art of the wayside, as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives, is, in the best sense of the word, Grotesque.
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The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.
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The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.
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The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.
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The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
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The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
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The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.
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The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do.
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The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
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The higher a man stands, the more the word vulgar becomes unintelligible to him.
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The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.
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The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
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The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.
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The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.
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The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.
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There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves.
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There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
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There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.
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There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
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There is no wealth but life.
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To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.
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To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.
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To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
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