John Ruskin Quotes


The question is not what man can scorn or disparage or find fault with but what he can love and value and appreciate.

Blue color is everlastingly appointed by the deity to be a source of delight.

All things are literally better lovelier and more beloved for the imperfections which have been divinely appointed that the law of human life may be effort and the law of human judgment mercy.

It is a matter of the simplest demonstration that no man can be really appreciated but by his equal or superior.

The noble grotesque involves the true appreciation of beauty.

The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.

The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances and demonstrations for impressions.

Everything that you can see in the world around you presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colors.

Architecture is the art which so disposes and adorns the edifices raised by man that the sight of them may contribute to his mental health power and pleasure.

Architecture is the work of nations

No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter he can only be a builder.

We may without offending any laws of good taste require of an architect as we do of a novelist that he should be not only correct but entertaining.

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress and what by a dome.

Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture considered as a subject of fine art.

It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

Cookery means"¦English thoroughness French art and Arabian hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms and spices; it means carefulness inventiveness and watchfulness.

Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority not outlook.

He that would be angry and sin not must not be angry with anything but sin.

One can't be angry when one looks at a penguin.

The anger of a person who is strong can always bide its time.

Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.

The beauty of the animal form is in exact proportion to the amount of moral and intellectual virtue expressed by it.

Race is precisely of as much consequence in man as it is in any animal.

Ship of the line is the most honourable thing that man as a gregarious animal has ever produced.

Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition the laws of death.

If the design of the building be originally bad the only virtue it can ever possess will be signs of antiquity.

Why is one man richer than another? Because he is more industrious more persevering and more sagacious.

To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds the book of their words and the book of their art.

Failure is less attributable to either insufficiency of means or impatience of labours than to a confused understanding of the thing actually to be done.

The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed clothed fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.

The man who accepts the laissez-faire doctrine would allow his garden to grow wild so that roses might fight it out with the weeds and the fittest might survive.

Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools to be precise and perfect in all their actions.

The constant duty of every man to his fellows is to ascertain his own powers and special gifts and to strengthen them for the help of others.

I believe the right question to ask respecting all ornament is simply this; was it done with enjoyment was the carver happy while he was about it?

All great art is the work of the whole living creature body and soul and chiefly of the soul.

Fine art is that in which the hand the head and the heart of man go together.

The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing...should be taught to every child just as writing is.

All great art is the expression of man's delight in God's work not his own.

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.

All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it.

Nature is always mysterious and secret in her use of means; and art is always likest her when it is most inexplicable.

Science studies the relations of things to each other: but art studies only their relations to man.

You will never love art well until you love what she mirrors better.

Your art is to be the praise of something that you love. It may only be the praise of a shell or a stone.

English artists are usually entirely ruined by residence in Italy.

Men cannot not live by exchanging articles but producing them. They live by work not trade.

No good work whatever can be perfect and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.

Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.

True taste is forever growing learning reading worshipping laying its hand upon its mouth because it is astonished casting its shoes from off its feet because it finds all ground holy.

Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand is invoking only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make.

One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption that because things have been wrong a long time it is impossible they will ever be right.

The power of association is stronger than the power of beauty; therefore the power of association is the power of beauty.

Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves; and art exclusively with things as they affect the human sense and human soul.

There is never vulgarity in a whole truth however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth or in affectation.

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.

It is advisable that a person know at least three things where they are where they are going and what they had best do under the circumstances.

We are only advancing in life whose hearts are getting softer our blood warmer our brains quicker and our spirits entering into living peace.

You should read books like you take medicine by advice and not by advertisement.

Commerce is the agency by which the power of choice is obtained.

Always stand by form against force.

It is not the church we want but the sacrifice; not the emotion of admiration but the act of adoration; not the gift but the giving.

The last act crowns the play.

What we think or what we know or what we believe is in the end of little consequence. The only thing of consequence is what we do

He who is not actively kind is cruel!

Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.

The scholar is early acquainted with every department of the impossible.

Contrast increases the splendor of beauty but it disturbs its influence; it adds to its attractiveness but diminishes its power.

That admiration of the 'neat but not gaudy ' which is commonly reported to have influenced the devil when he painted his tail pea green.

To cultivate sympathy you must be among living creatures and thinking about them; and to cultivate admiration you must be among beautiful things and looking at them.

Every hue throughout your work is altered by every touch you add in other places.

Architecture ... the adaptation of form to resist force.

The time is probably near when a new system of architectural laws will be developed adapted entirely to metallic construction.

That man is always happy who is in the presence of something which he cannot know to the full which he is always going on to know.

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?

There is no process of amalgamation by which opinions wrong individually can become right merely by their multitude.

To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.

God alone can finish.

Society has sacrificed its virtues to the Goddess of Getting Along.

No amount of pay ever made a good soldier a good teacher a good artist or a good workman.

... Amongst all the mechanical poison that this terrible nineteenth century has poured upon men it has given us at any rate one antidote - the Daguerreotype. (1845)

When men are rightly occupied their amusement grows out of their work.

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips others by their restlessness and ambition.

Absolute and entire ugliness is rare.

Greater completion marks the progress of art absolute completion usually its decline.

As in the instances of alchemy astrology witchcraft and other such popular creeds political economy has a plausible idea at the root of it.

The true work of a critic is not to make his hearer believe him but agree with him.

Living without an aim is like sailing without a compass.

Architecture concerns itself only with those characters of an edifice which are above and beyond its common use.

To see clearly is poetry prophecy and religion all in one.

Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

I will not kill or hurt any living creature needlessly nor destroy any beautiful thing but will strive to save and comfort all gentle life and guard and perfect all natural beauty upon the earth.

The great cry that rises from all our manufacturing cities louder than the furnace blast is all in very deed for this -- that we manufacture everything there except men.

... no human actions ever were intended by the Maker of men to be guided by balances of expediency but by balances of justice.

They are good furniture pictures unworthy of praise and undeserving of blame.

People are always expecting to get peace in heaven: but you know whatever peace they get there will be ready-made. Whatever making of peace they can be blest for must be on the earth here.

A book worth reading is worth buying.

If a great thing can be done it can be done easily but this ease is like the of ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.

Kind hearts are the garden kind thoughts are the roots kind words are the blossoms kind deeds are the fruit.

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.

The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.

Hope- the recognition by true foresight of better things to be reached here after.

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best and making what is best out of them.

There is no such thing as bad weather only different kinds of good weather.

The best work never was and never will be done for money.

Of human work none but what is bad can be perfect in its own bad way.

Work first and then rest. Work first and then gaze but do not use golden ploughshares nor bind ledgers in enamel.

Beethoven always sounds to me like the upsetting of a bag of nails with here and there an also dropped hammer.

If only the Geologists would let me alone I could do very well but those dreadful Hammers! I hear the clink of them at the end of every cadence of the Bible verses.

Whatever merit there is in anything that I have written is simply due to the fact that when I was a child my mother daily read me a part of the Bible and daily made me learn a part of it by heart.

When we build let us think that we build forever.

The relative majesty of buildings depends more on the weight and vigour of their masses than any other tribute of their design.

Don't just look at buildings ... watch them.

Of all the things that oppress me this sense of the evil working of nature herself -my disgust at her barbarity -clumsiness -darkness -bitter mockery of herself -is the most desolating.

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price and to be bought for it.

In general pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.

Borrowers are nearly always ill-spenders and it is with lent money that all evil is mainly done and all unjust war protracted.

People cannot live by lending money to one another.

If a book is worth reading it is worth buying.

No person who is well bred kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression to check exertion to paralyze vitality.

I used to lie down on the grass and draw the blades as they grew - until every square foot of meadow or mossy bank became a possession to me.

Wherever men are noble they love bright colour; and wherever they can live healthily bright colour is given them"?in sky sea flowers and living creatures.

Levi's station in life was the receipt of custom; and Peter's the shore of Galilee; and Paul's the antechambers of the High- Priest which "station in life" each had to leave with brief notice.

Engraving then is in brief terms the Art of Scratch.

There is no harm in anybody thinking that Christ is in bread. The harm is in the expectation of His presence in gunpowder.

Bread of flour is good; but there is bread sweet as honey if we would eat it in a good book.

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.

Variety is a positive requisite even in the character of our food.

Art is not a study of positive reality it is the seeking for ideal truth.

It seems a fantastic paradox but it is nevertheless a most important truth that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

It is his restraint that is honorable to a person not their liberty.

The step between practical and theoretic science is the step between the miner and the geologist the apocathecary and the chemist.

It was stated . . . that the value of architecture depended on two distinct characters:--the one the impression it receives from human power; the other the image it bears of the natural creation.

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.

No individual rain drop ever considers itself responsible for the flood.

Work first and then rest.

The best thing in life aren't things.

We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it.

It is far better to give work that is above a person than to educate the person to be above their work.

In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong.

Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base.

Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back.

Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

The proof of a thing's being right is that it has power over the heart; that it excites us wins us or helps us.

I am far more provoked at being thought foolish by foolish people than pleased at being thought sensible by sensible people; and the average proportion of the numbers of each is not to my advantage.

Life being very short and the quiet hours of it few we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.

All true opinions are living and show their life by being capable of nourishment; therefore of change. But their change is that of a tree not of a cloud.

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.

No human being however great or powerful was ever so free as a fish.

Human work must be done honourably and thoroughly because we are now Men; whether we ever expect to be angels or were ever slugs being practically no matter.

Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place and very little different from becoming a parcel.

People are eternally divided into two classes the believer builder and praiser...and the unbeliever destroyer and critic.

All traveling becomes dull in exact proportion to its rapidity.

No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.

Nature is painting for us day after day pictures of infinite beauty.

Every good piece of art... involves first essentially the evidence of human skill and the formation of an actually beautiful thing by it.

No picture can be good which deceives by its imitation for the very reason that nothing can be beautiful which is not true.

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly which is done in pride.

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.

All really great pictures exhibit the general habits of nature manifested in some peculiar rare and beautiful way.

In the range of inorganic nature. I doubt if any object can be found more perfectly beautiful than a fresh deep snowdrift seen under warm light.

Milton saw not and Beethoven heard not but the sense of beauty was upon them and they fain must speak.

To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life and every setting sun be to you as its close.

The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.

The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure.

He thinks by infection catching an opinion like a cold.

There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals.

No small misery is caused by overworked and unhappy people in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves and force upon others of work itself.

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.

Once thoroughly our own knowledge ceases to give us pleasure.

Wise laws and just restraints are to a noble nation not chains but chains of mail -- strength and defense though something of an incumbrance.

They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.

Depend upon it the first universal characteristic of all great art is Tenderness as the second is Truth.

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.

The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle

There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.

What is the cheapest to you now is likely to be the dearest to you in the end.

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him and love something to be cherished by him forever.

An infinitude of tenderness is the chief gift and inheritance of all truly great men.

Without the perfect sympathy with the animals around them no gentleman's education no Christian education could be of any possible use.

Civilization is the making of civil persons.

Books are divided into two classes the books of the hour and the books of all time.

All books are divisible into two classes the books of the hour and the books of all time.

The finer the nature the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form.

I desire ... to leave this one great fact clearly stated. THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE.

Surely our clergy need not be surprised at the daily increasing distrust in the public mind of the efficacy of prayer.

Many thoughts are so dependent upon the language in which they are clothed that they would lose half their beauty if otherwise expressed.

When the whole world turns clown and paints itself red with its own hearts blood instead of vermilion it is something else than comic.

I have seen and heard much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.

Of all God's gifts to the sighted man color is holiest the most divine the most solemn.

The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.

The man who says to one go and he goeth and to another come and he cometh has in most cases more sense of restraint and difficulty than the man who obeys him.

Drawing is a means of obtaining and communicating knowledge

We are after all only trustees of the wealth we possess. Without the community and its resources... there would be little wealth for anyone.

Success by the laws of competition signifies a victory over others by obtaining the direction and profits of their work. This is the real source of all great riches.

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place than to expand both indiscriminately.

It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated.

You may either win your peace or buy it: win it by resistance to evil; buy it by compromise with evil.

The infinity of God is not mysterious it is only unfathomable; not concealed but incomprehensible; it is a clear infinity the darkness of the pure unsearchable sea.

Conceit may puff a man up but never prop him up.

How false is the conception how frantic the pursuit of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.

Know thyself for through thyself only thou canst know God.

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

What right have you to take the word wealth which originally meant well-being and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.

Repose demands for its expression the implied capability of its opposite --energy.

Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie.

Nobody cares much at heart about Titian only there is a strange undercurrent of everlasting murmur about his name which means the deep consent of all great men that he is greater than they.

Production does not consist in things laboriously made but in things serviceably consumable; and the question for the nation is not how much labour it employs but how much life it produces.

Shadows are in reality when the sun is shining the most conspicuous thing in a landscape next to the highest lights.

To speak and act truth with constancy and precision is nearly as difficult and perhaps as meretorious as to speak it under intimidation or penalty

Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.

Education...is a painful continual and difficult work to be done in kindness by watching by warning ... by praise but above all -- by example.

All great song from the first day when human lips contrived syllables has been sincere song.

Death is not a journey into an unknown land; it is a voyage home. We are going not to a strange country but to our fathers house.

The actual flower is the plant's highest fulfilment and are not here exclusively for herbaria county floras and plant geography: they are here first of all for delight.

The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.

There is no solemnity so deep to a right-thinking creature as that of dawn.

One of the worst diseases to which the human creature is liable is its disease of thinking.

Reading and writing are not education if they do not help people to be kind to all creatures

Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.

Curiosity is a gift a capacity of pleasure in knowing which if you destroy you make yourself cold and dull.

Doing is the great thing for if people resolutely do what is right they come in time to like doing it.

All other passions do occasional good; but when pride puts in its word everything goes wrong.

The artist's business is to feel although he may think a little sometimes... when he has nothing better to do.

This is the true nature of home - it is the place of Peace; the shelter not only from all injury but from all terror doubt and division.

Do not think it wasted time to submit yourself to any influence that will bring upon you any noble feeling.

Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly but there is only one way of seeing them and that is seeing the whole of them.

It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.

A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.

The imagination is never governed it is always the ruling and divine power.

No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.

Walk while ye have the light lest darkness come upon you.

A forest of all manner of trees is poor if not disagreeable in effect; a mass of one species of tree is sublime.

The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.

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.

To yield reverence to another to hold ourselves and our lives at his disposal is not slavery; often it is the noblest state in which a man can live in this world.

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

Science deals exclusively with things as they are in themselves.

It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.

Every duty we omit obscures some truth we should have known.

God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it.

When God shuts a door He opens a window.

Dream lofty dreams and as you dream so shall you become.

I believe that the sight is a more important thing than the drawing...

I would rather teach drawing that my pupils may learn to love nature than teach the looking at nature that they may learn to draw.

If you can draw the stone rightly everything within reach of art is also within yours.

No one can ask honestly or 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.

Whenever you see want or misery or degradation in this world about you then be sure either industry has been wanting or industry has been in error.

Music when healthy is the teacher of perfect order and when depraved the teacher of perfect disorder.

Morality does not depend on religion.

The essence of lying is in deception not in words.

Whether for life or death do your own work well.

No day is without its innocent hope.

In the utmost solitudes of nature the existence of hell seems to me as legibly declared by a thousand spiritual utterances as that of heaven.

The only way to understand the difficult parts of the Bible is first to read and obey the easy ones.

See! This our fathers did for us.

At every moment of our lives we should be trying to find out not in what we differ with other people but in what we agree with them.

I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.

Not without design does God write the music of our lives.

God intends no man to live in this world without working but it seems to me no less evident that He intends every man to be happy in his work.

I cannot but think it an evil sign of a people when their houses are built to last for one generation only.

Labor rids us of three great evils; tediousness vice and poverty.

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.

Much of the character of everyman may be read in his house.

Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles but by producing them. They don't live by trade but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions.

Value is the life-giving power of anything; cost the quantity of labour required to produce it; its price the quantity of labourwhich its possessor will take in exchange for it.

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know in life.

All you have really to do is to keep your back as straight as you can; and not think about what is upon it. The real and essential meaning of "virtue" is that straightness of back.

Painting with all its technicalities difficulties and peculiar ends is nothing but a noble and expressive language invaluable as the vehicle of thought but by itself nothing.

The first duty of government is to see that people have food fuel and clothes. The second that they have means of moral and intellectual education.

When love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.

The true grotesque being the expression of the repose or play of a serious mind there is a false grotesque opposed to it which is the result of the full exertion of a frivolous one.

Science is the knowledge of constant things not merely of passing events and is properly less the knowledge of general laws than of existing facts.

No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

What is poetry? The suggestion by the imagination of noble grounds for the noble emotions.

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.

In painting as in eloquence the greater your strength the quieter your manner.

The only absolutely and unapproachably heroic element in the soldier's work seems to be-that he is paid little for it-and regularly.

Anything which elevates the mind is sublime. Greatness of matter space power virtue or beauty are all sublime.

He is the greatest artist who has embodied in the sum of his works the greatest number of the greatest ideas.

Fit yourself for the best society and then never enter it.

Endurance is nobler than strength and patience than beauty.

There is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose and ennobled thereby.

Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.

Of all the pulpits from which human voice is ever sent forth there is none from which it reaches so far as from the grave.

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land or lending or the taxation of labor.

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.

There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves.

Without mountains the air could not be purified nor the flowing of the rivers sustained.

Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think.

The spirit needs several sorts of food of which knowledge is only one.

If you want knowledge you must toil for it; if food you must toil for it; and if pleasure you must toil for it: toil is the law.

A little group of wise hearts is better than a wilderness full of fools.

The wisest men are wise to the full in death.

He who can take no interest in what is small will take false interest in what is great.

Childhood often holds a truth with its feeble finger which the grasp of manhood cannot retain --which it is the pride of utmost age to recover.

I fear uniformity. You cannot manufacture great men any more than you can manufacture gold.

He who has truth at his heart need never fear the want of persuasion on his tongue.

It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words or his readers is sure to skip them.

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.

Perfect taste is the faculty of receiving the greatest possible pleasure from those material sources which are attractive to oar moral nature in its purity and perfection.

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.

Our purity of taste is best tested by its universality for if we can only admire this thing or that we maybe use that our cause for liking is of a finite and false nature.

Come ye cold winds at January's call On whistling wings and with white flakes bestrew The earth.

Whether we force the man's property from him by pinching his stomach or pinching his fingers makes some difference anatomically; morally none whatsoever.

Freedom is only granted us that obedience may be more perfect.

Mighty of heart mighty of mind magnanimous-to be this is indeed to be great in life.

I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.

I do not believe that ever any building was truly great unless it had mighty masses vigorous and deep of shadow mingled with its surface.

The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers; but they rise behind her steps not before them.

In order that a man may be happy it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work but a good judge of his work.

There is nothing so great or so goodly in creation but that it is a mean symbol of the gospel of Christ and of the things He has prepared for them that love Him.

In one point of view Gothic is not only the best but the only rational architecture as being that which can fit itself most easily to all services vulgar or noble.

No nation can last which has made a mob of itself however generous at heart.

Genius is only a superior power of seeing.

There is rough work to be done and rough men must do it; there is gentle work to be done and gentlemen must do it.

The greatest reward is not what we receive for our labor but what we become by it.

The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry prophecy and religion all in one.

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art because to us it is false and visionary was to the makers of it true and existent.

The art which we may call generally art of the wayside as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives is in the best sense of the word Grotesque.

That which seems to be wealth may in verity be only the gilded index of far reaching ruin

A man is born an artist as a hippopotamus is born a hippopotamus; and you can no more make yourself one than you can make yourself a giraffe.

I am almost sick and giddy with the quantity of things in my head all tempting and wanting to be worked out.

The truth of Nature is a part of the truth of God; to him who does not search it out darkness; to him who does infinity.

The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.

God gives us always strength enough and sense enough for everything He wants us to do.

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

There is nothing so small but that we may honor God by asking His guidance of it or insult Him by taking it into our own hands.

You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him.

Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy.Bothyourreligionand policy must be basedon it.

The history of humanity is not the history of its wars but the history of its households.

The Training which Makes Men Happiest in themselves ... also Makes Them Most Serviceable to Others

When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.

Pleasure comes through toil and not by self indulgence and indolence. When one gets to love work his life is a happy one.

It is only by labour that thought can be made healthy and only by thought that labour can be made happy and the two cannot be separated with impunity.

I know well that happiness is in little things.

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.

One who does not know when to die does not know how to live.

It is among children and as children only that you will find your healing and true wisdom for your teaching

Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers the best of them in doubt and misery the most in plodding hesitation doing as well as they can what practical work lies at hand.

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 higher a man stands the more the word vulgar becomes unintelligible to him.

Never has interest in art been so high and never has quality been so low.

A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small parcel.

Whenever I did anything wrong stupid or hard-hearted and I have done many things that were all three my mother always said "it is because you were too much indulged.

There is nothing that this age from whatever standpoint we survey it needs more physically intellectually and morally than thorough ventilation.

Skill is the unified force of experience intellect and passion in their operation.

A thing is worth what it can do for you not what you choose to pay for it.

Every noble life leaves its fibre interwoven forever in the work of the world.

Obey something and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.

There are no laws by which we can write Iliads.

To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.

The plea of ignorance will never take away our responsibilities.

The virtue of the imagination is its reaching by intuition and intensity a more essential truth than is seen at the surface of things.

There is a working class - strong and happy - among both rich and poor: there is an idle class - weak wicked and miserable - among both rich and poor.

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.

If the thing is impossible you need not trouble yourselves about it; if possible try for it.

There was always more in the world than men could see walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight not pace.

An unimaginative person can neither be reverent nor kind.

An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.

If you do not wish for His kingdom do not pray for it. But if you do you must do more than pray for it you must work for it.

There is no law of history any more than of a kaleidoscope.

Your labor only may be sold your soul must not.

See that your children be taught not only the labors of the earth but the loveliness of it.

You do not see with the lens of the eye. You seen through that and by means of that but you see with the soul of the eye.

The Divine mind is as visible in its full energy of operation on every lowly bank and mouldering stone as in the lifting of the pillars of heaven and settling the foundation of the earth.

All of one's life is music if one touches the notes rightly and in time.

The sculptor does not work for the anatomist but for the common observer of life and nature.

There is no wealth but life.

Science lives only in quiet places and with odd people mostly poor.

Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.

There are many religions but there is only one morality.

No one can explain how the notes of a Mozart melody or the folds of a piece of Titian's drapery produce their essential effects. If you do not feel it no one can by reasoning make you feel it.

You may sell your work but not your soul.

I've seen the Rhine with younger wave O'er every obstacle to rave. I see the Rhine in his native wild Is still a mighty mountain child.

A splendour of miscellaneous spirits.

There is no music in a "rest" that I know of but there's the making of music in it. And people are always missing that part of the life melody.

We were not sent into this world to do anything into which we cannot put our hearts.

The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it but what they become by it.

Let us reform our schools and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.

Order and system are nobler things than power.

It is better to be nobly remembered than nobly born.

Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.

He who offers God a second place offers Him no place.

In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith in later times they use the objects of faith to show their powers of painting.

The object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things but enjoy them

You can only possess beauty through understanding it.

The measure of any great civilization is its cities and a measure of a city's greatness is to be found in the quality of its public spaces its parks and squares.

Unless we perform divine service with every willing act of our life we never perform it at all.

... the weakest among us has a gift however seemingly trivial which is peculiar to him and which worthily used will be a gift also to his race forever.

It's unwise to pay too much but it's worse to pay too little.

Which of us?is to do the hard and dirty work for the restand for what pay? Who is to do the pleasant and clean work and for what pay?

All art is but dirtying the paper delicately.

It is in this power of saying everything and yet saying nothing too plainly that the perfection of art consists.

Science has to do with facts art with phenomena. To science phenomena are of use only as they lead to facts; and to art facts are of use only as they lead to phenomena.

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.

Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents and every space is false which represents nothing.

Sculpture is not the mere cutting of the form of anything in stone; it is the cutting of the effect of it. Very often the true form in the marble would not be in the least like itself.

The Bible is the one Book to which any thoughtful man may go with any honest question of life or destiny and find the answer of God by honest searching.

It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride.

As long as there are cold and nakedness in the land around you so long can there be no question at all but that splendor of dress is a crime.

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.

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.