John Ruskin


Born
in Brunswick Square, London, England
February 08, 1819

Died
January 20, 1900

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John Ruskin was born on 8 February 1819 at 54 Hunter Street, London, the only child of Margaret and John James Ruskin. His father, a prosperous, self-made man who was a founding partner of Pedro Domecq sherries, collected art and encouraged his son's literary activities, while his mother, a devout evangelical Protestant, early dedicated her son to the service of God and devoutly wished him to become an Anglican bishop. Ruskin, who received his education at home until the age of twelve, rarely associated with other children and had few toys. During his sixth year he accompanied his parents on the first of many annual tours of the Continent. Encouraged by his father, he published his first poem, "On Skiddaw and Derwent Water," at the age of e ...more

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“To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.”
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“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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The Woman of Andros by Thornton Wilder, 112 pages, 1930
 
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