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Quotations From JOHN RUSKIN

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  • 41.
    The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters V, pt. 9, ch. 7 (1860).
  • 42.
    All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters V, pt. 9, ch. 2 (1860).

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  • 43.
    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 (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 12 (1856).
  • 44.
    You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. repr. in The Works of John Ruskin, vol. 18, eds. E.T. Cook and Alexander Weddesburn (1905). Sesame and Lilies, lecture 2, sct. 78 (1865).

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  • 45.
    Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. repr. in The Works of John Ruskin, vol. 18, eds. E.T. Cook and Alexander Weddesburn (1905). Sesame and Lilies, lecture 1, sct. 13, no. 2 (1865).
  • 46.
    Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Sesame and Lilies, lecture 1, sct. 22, repr. in The Works of John Ruskin, vol. 18, eds. E.T. Cook and Alexander Weddesburn (1905).

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  • 47.
    All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Sesame and Lilies, lecture 1 (1865).

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  • 48.
    I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. I, ch. 1 (1851).
  • 49.
    We have much studied and much perfected, of late, the great civilized invention of the division of labour; only we give it a false name. It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided; but the men.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. II, ch. 6 (1853).
  • 50.
    It is perhaps the principal admirableness of the Gothic schools of architecture, that they receive the results of the labour of inferior minds; and out of fragments full of imperfection ... raise up a stately and unaccusable whole.
    John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. The Stones of Venice, vol. II, ch. 6 (1853).
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