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Quotations From JOHN RUSKIN

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  • 31.
    It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art ... consists.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 2, sec. 5, ch. 3 (1843).

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  • 32.
    It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. address, 1865, Royal Military Academy, repr. in The Works of John Ruskin, vol. 18, eds. E.T. Cook and Alexander Weddesburn (1905). lecture 3, sct. 119, Crown of Wild Olives (1865).

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  • 33.
    Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters, vol. 4, pt. 5, sct. 20 (1856).
  • 34.
    Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters, vol. 1, pt. 2, sct. 4, ch. 1, par. 3 (1843).

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  • 35.
    They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters, vol. 3, pt. 1, sct. 5, ch. 5 (1856).
  • 36.
    The higher a man stands, the more the word "vulgar" becomes unintelligible to him.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters, vol. 3, pt. 4, ch. 7, sct. 9 (1856).
  • 37.
    Life without industry is guilt, industry without art is brutality.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Lectures on Art, lecture 3 (1870).

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  • 38.
    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 (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Lectures on Architecture and Painting, 61, addenda (1853).
  • 39.
    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 (1819-1900), British art critic, author. repr. in The Works of John Ruskin, vol. 28, eds. E.T. Cook and Alexander Weddesburn (1905). "Of Kings' Treasuries," lecture 1, Sesame and Lilies (1865).
  • 40.
    Value is the life-giving power of anything; cost, the quantity of labour required to produce it; its price, the quantity of labour which its possessor will take in exchange for it.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Munera Pulveris, ch. 1 (1872).

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