John Ruskin Quotes 27 to 48
- I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.
- In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
- That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.
- People are perpetually afraid of doing wrong; but unless they are doing its reverse energetically, they do it all day long, and the degree does not matter.
John Ruskin, A New Year’s Message from 100 Years Ago
- To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.
- What we think, or what we know, or what we believe is, in the end, of little consequence. The only consequence is what we do.
- Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.
- Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.
- A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
- Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back,
- People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.
Words of Encouragement
- To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult, and perhaps as meritorious, as to speak it under intimidation or penalty.
- Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
- It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s worse to pay too little. Whenyou pay too much, you lose a little money – that’s all. When you paytoo little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing youbought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.
- Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.
- You will find that the mere resolve not to be useless, and the honest desire to help other people, will, in the quickest and delicatest ways, improve yourself.
- The entire object of true education, is to make people not merely do the right thing, but to enjoy right things; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge.
- Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
- The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.
- A book worth reading is worth buying.
- Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
- Tell me what you like and I’ll tell you what you are.
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