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“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
“It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.”
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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. ”
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“All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time.”
John Ruskin, Sesame and Lilies
“I believe that the first test of a great man is his humility. I don't mean by humility, doubt of his power. But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, foolishly, incredibly merciful.”
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“The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.”
John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice
“A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.”
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“The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.”
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“A book worth reading is worth owning.”
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“Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.”
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“When love and skill work together, expect a materpiece.”
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“It's unwise to pay too much, but it's worse to pay too little. When
you pay too much, you lose a little money - that's all. When you pay
too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you
bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The
common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a
lot - it can't be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well
to add something for the risk you run, and if you do that you will
have enough to pay for something better.”
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“Every increased possession loads us with new weariness.”
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“All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.”
John Ruskin, The Elements of Drawing
“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless.”
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“If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.”
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“He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.”
John Ruskin, The Stones of Venice: Volume I. The Foundations
“No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.”
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“Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.”
John Ruskin
“In order that people may be happy in their work,
these three things are needed:
they must be fit for it;
they must not do too much of it;
and they must have a sense of success in it.”
John Ruskin
“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.”
John Ruskin
“Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.”
John Ruskin
“There is no wealth but life.”
John Ruskin, The King of the Golden River
“The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something... To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.”
John Ruskin
“Cookery means…English thoroughness, French art, and Arabian hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms and spices; it means carefulness, inventiveness, and watchfulness.”
John Ruskin
tags: food
“You will find it less easy to unroot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others faults; in every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; rejoice in it and as you can, try to imitate it; and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.”
John Ruskin
“Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.”
John Ruskin, The Two Paths
tags: dawn, life
“Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave.”
John Ruskin
“Remember that the most beautiful things in life are often the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”
John Ruskin
“Modern traveling is not traveling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.”
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