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Art is not a study of positive reality,
by John Ruskin

Art is not a study of positive reality,
it is the seeking for ideal truth.
- John Ruskin

Related topics: Art

Every increased possession
loads us with a new weariness.
- John Ruskin

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
- John Ruskin

The highest reward for a person's toil
is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it.
- John Ruskin

 

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head,
and the heart of man go together.
- John Ruskin

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

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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A little thought and a little kindness are often worth
more than a great deal of money.
- John Ruskin

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness:
first,
the doing their practical duty well:
then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.
- John Ruskin

There is no wealth but life.
- John Ruskin

Skill is the unified force of experience,
intellect and passion in their operation.
- John Ruskin

He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
- John Ruskin

One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.
- John Ruskin

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

The sky is the part of creation in which nature has
done for the sake of pleasing man.
- John Ruskin

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
- John Ruskin

All violent feelings have the same effect.
They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things,
which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy.
- John Ruskin

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him.
Reverence something to be worshipped by him,
and love something to be cherished by him,
forever.
- John Ruskin

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty,
just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
- John Ruskin

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

No human being, however great, or powerful,
was ever so free as a fish.
- John Ruskin

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence,
and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
- John Ruskin

An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
- John Ruskin

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances,
and demonstrations for impressions.
- John Ruskin

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art,
because to us it is false and visionary,
was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
- 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

Every great person is always being helped by everybody;
for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
- John Ruskin

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
- John Ruskin

No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain;
all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves.
- John Ruskin

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter.
Send him to our hills, and let him study there what
nature understands by a buttress,
and what by a dome.
- John Ruskin

Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools,
to be precise and perfect in all their actions.
- John Ruskin

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -
the book of their deeds,
the book of their words and the book of their art.
- John Ruskin

A great thing can only be done by a great person;
and they do it without effort.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.
- John Ruskin

A book worth reading is worth buying.
- John Ruskin

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

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest
number of noble and happy human beings.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few,
we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.
- John Ruskin

Civilization is the making of civil persons.
- John Ruskin

Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument
in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.
- John Ruskin

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.
- John Ruskin

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought,
and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
- John Ruskin

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
- John Ruskin

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land,
or lending or the taxation of labor.
- John Ruskin

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
- John Ruskin

What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much
do you think we spend altogether on our libraries,
public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?
- John Ruskin

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated;
far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place,
than to expand both indiscriminately.
- John Ruskin

Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults;
look for what is good and strong,
and try to imitate it.
Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves,
when their time comes.
- John Ruskin

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless;
peacocks and lilies for instance.
- John Ruskin

All great art is the work of the whole living creature,
body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
- John Ruskin

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth,
that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
- John Ruskin

How long most people would look at the best book before
they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
- John Ruskin

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact,
than the richest without meaning.
- John Ruskin

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.
- John Ruskin

The child who desires education will be bettered by it;
the child who dislikes it disgraced.
- John Ruskin

Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
- John Ruskin

No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.
- John Ruskin

Quality is never an accident.
It is always the result of intelligent effort.
- John Ruskin

Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right,
they come in time to like doing it.
- John Ruskin

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done
anything towards diminishing the reputation of the
Renaissance landscape painting.
- John Ruskin

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world...
to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.
- John Ruskin


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