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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Night

Faint from the bell the ghastly echoes fall,
That grates within the grey cathedral tower;
Let me not enter through the portal tall,
Lest the strange spirit of the moonless hour
Should give a life to those pale people, who
Lie in their fretted niches, two and two,
Each with his head on pillowy stone reposed,
And his hands lifted, and his eyelids closed.

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