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 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,

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