Be inspired by these John Ruskin quotes full of words of wisdom.
He was born in London, England.
Educated at the
University of Oxford, his first interest was poetry, and
he later became an author and artist. He was well known for his work
as art critic and social critic.
John Ruskin's words are full of inspiration and wisdom.
The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the
relationship of what he can say and what he can do.
The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
The power, whether of painter or poet, to describe rightly what he calls
an ideal thing, depends upon its being to him not an ideal but a real thing.
ever did or ever will work well, but either from actual sight, or sight of faith.
To invent a story, or admirably and thoroughly tell any part of a story,
it is necessary to grasp the entire mind of every personage concerned in it,
and know precisely how they would be affected by what happens; which to
do requires a colossal intellect: but to describe a separate emotion delicately,
it is only needed that one should feel it oneself; and thousands of people are
capable of feeling this or that noble emotion, for one who is able to enter
into all the
feelings of someone sitting on the other side of the table.
In order that people may be happy in their work,
these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do
too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it
The majesty of nature depends upon the force of the human spirit.
That which is required in order to the attainment of accurate
conclusions respecting the essence of the Beautiful is nothing more
than earnest, loving, and unselfish attention to our impressions of it.
Words of Encouragement
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil;
buy it, by compromise with evil.
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
John Ruskin Purpose
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
A little thought and a little kindness are often
worth more than a great deal of money.
John Ruskin Kindness
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see
something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can
talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion, all in one.
John Ruskin Compassion
Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and
making what is best out of them.
John Ruskin Knowledge
A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
John Ruskin Choices
Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is
good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like
dead leaves, when their time comes.
John Ruskin Good
Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know in life.
John Ruskin Not Perfect Quotes
Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words,
or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible
words or he will certainly misunderstand them.
John Ruskin Communication
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
John Ruskin Effort
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
John Ruskin Children
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most
useless: peacocks and lilies for instance.
John Ruskin Beautiful
But really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is
not of them, but through them.
Modern traveling is not traveling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.
John Ruskin Travel
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
John Ruskin Love
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour,
and the books of all time.
John Ruskin Book