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Quotations From JOHN RUSKIN

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  • 11.
    Men are more evanescent than pictures, yet one sorrows for lost friends, and pictures are my friends. I have none others. I am never long enough with men to attach myself to them; and whatever feelings of attachment I have are to material things.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. letter, Jan. 28, 1852, to his father. quoted in Ruskin Today, sct. 36, ed. Kenneth Clark (1964).

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  • 12.
    Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Two Paths, lecture 2 (1859).

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  • 13.
    You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Two Paths, lecture 5 (1859).

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  • 14.
    Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Eagle's Nest, ch. 5 (1872).
  • 15.
    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 (1819-1900), British art critic, author. St. Mark's Rest, preface (1877).
  • 16.
    When we build, let us think that we build for ever.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Seven Lamps of Architecture, "The Lamp of Memory," sct. 10 (1849).
  • 17.
    Taste is the only morality.... Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Crown of Wild Olive, lecture 2 (1866).
  • 18.
    The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities, louder than the furnace blast, is all in very deed for this—that we manufacture everything there except men.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. 2, ch. 6, para. 16 (1851-1853).
  • 19.
    No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Two Paths, lecture 5 (1859).

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  • 20.
    To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Time and Tide, letter 8 (1867).

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