John Ruskin Quotes
''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).
''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).
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The Last Smile
She sat beside me yesterday
With lip, and eye, so blandly smiling,
So full of soul, of life, of light,
So sweetly my lorn heart beguiling
That she had almost made me gay
Had almost charmed the thought away
(Which, like the poisoned desert wind,
Came sick and heavy o'er my mind)
That memory soon mine all would be,
And she would smile no more for me.
The Hills Of Carrara
Amidst a vale of springing leaves
Where spreads the vine its wandering root
And cumbrous fall the autumnal sheaves
And olives shed their sable fruit,
And gentle winds, and waters never mute,
Make of young boughs and pebbles pure
One universal lute.
And bright birds, through the myrtle copse obscure,
Pierce with quick notes, and plumage dipped in dew,