Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
1851-3 The Stones ofVenice, vol.i, ch.2.
Engraving is, in brief terms, the Art of Scratch.John Ruskin
All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the "Pathetic Fallacy."John Ruskin
Other men used their effete faiths and mean faculties with a high moral purpose. The Venetian gave the most earnest faith, and the lordliest faculty, to gild the shadows of an antechamber, or heighten the splendours of a holiday.John Ruskin
If you want to work for the kingdom of God, and to bring it, and enter into it, there is just one condition to be first accepted. You must enter into it as children, or not at all.John Ruskin
The sculptor does not work for the anatomist, but for the common observer of life and nature.John Ruskin
What is poetry?? The suggestion, by the imagination, of noble grounds for the noble emotions.John Ruskin
Life without industry isguilt, and industry without art is brutality.John Ruskin
There was a rocky valley between Buxton and Bakewell?divine as the vale of Tempe; you might have seen the gods there morning and eveningApollo and the sweet Muses of the Light? You enterprised a railroad?you blasted its rocks away? And, now, every fool in Buxton can be at Bakewell in half-an-hour, and every fool in Bakewell at Buxton.John Ruskin
And with respect to the mode in which these general principles affect the secure possession of property, so far am I from invalidating such security, that the whole gist of these papers will be found ultimately to aim at an extension in its range; and whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.John Ruskin
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.John Ruskin