John Ruskin

(1819-1900 / England)

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).
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  • ''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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Best Poem of John Ruskin

Trust Thou Thy Love

TRUST thou thy Love: if she be proud, is she not sweet?
Trust thou thy Love: if she be mute, is she not pure?
Lay thou thy soul full in her hands, low at her feet;
Fail, Sun and Breath!--yet, for thy peace, She shall endure.

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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,

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