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JOHN RUSKIN
English writer, art critic and social reformer
(1819 - 1900)
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Contrast increases the splendor of beauty, but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness, but diminishes its power.
      - [Beauty]

Courage, so far as it is a sign of race, is peculiarly the mark of a gentleman or a lady; but it becomes vulgar if rude or insensitive, while timidity is not vulgar, if it be a characteristic of race or fineness of make. A fawn is not vulgar in being timid, nor a crocodile "gentle" because courageous.
      - [Courage]

Cunning is the in tensest rendering of vulgarity, absolute and utter.
      - [Cunning]

Disorder in a drawing-room is vulgar; in an antiquary's study, not; the black battle-stain on a soldier's face is not vulgar, but the dirty face of a housemaid is.
      - [Vulgarity]

Drunkenness is not only the cause of crime, but it is crime; and if any encourage drunkenness for the sake of the profit derived from the sale of drink, they are guilty of a form of moral assassination as criminal as any that has ever been practiced by the braves of any country or of any age.
      - [Drunkenness]

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means. The training which makes men happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others.
      - [Education]

Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
      - [Patience]

Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.
      - [Duty]

Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
      - [Help]

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
      - [Possession]

Faithful prayer always implies correlative exertion; and no man can ask honestly and hopefully to be delivered from temptation, unless he has himself honestly and firmly determined to do the best he can to keep out of it.
      - [Prayer]

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
      - [Art]

Generally, downright fact may be told in a plain way; and we want downright facts, at the present, more than anything else.
      - [Brevity]

Give a little to love a child, and you get a great deal back.
      - [Children]

God alone can finish.
      - [God]

God is a kind Father. He sets us all in the places where he wishes us to be employed. He chooses work for every creature which will be delightful to them if they do it simply and humbly. He gives us always strength enough and sense enough for what he wants us to do.
      - [Station]

God never imposes a duty without giving the time to do it.
      - [Duty]

God shows us in Himself, strange as it may seem, not only authoritative perfection, but even the perfection of obedience--an obedience to His own laws; and in the cumbrous movement of those unwieldiest of his creatures we are reminded, even in His divine essence, of that attribute of uprightness in the human creature "that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not."
      - [God]

God will put up with a great many things in the human heart, but there is one thing that He will not put up with in it--a second place. He who offers God a second place, offers Him no place.
      - [Idolatry]

Great art is precisely that which never was, nor will be taught, it is preeminently and finally the expression of the spirits of great men.
      - [Art]

Greatness is not a teachable nor gainable thing, but the expression of the mind of a God-made great man.
      - [Greatness]

Greatness is the aggregation of minuteness; nor can its sublimity be felt truthfully by any mind unaccustomed to the affectionate watching of what is least.
      - [Greatness]

He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
      - [Artists]

He only is advancing in life whose heart is getting softer, whose blood warmer, whose brain quicker, whose spirit is entering into living peace.
      - [Progress]

He that has truth in his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.
      - [Truth]


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