We’ve collected the best John Ruskin Quotes. Use them as an inspiration.
It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.
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.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
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.
No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.
Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
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.
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
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.
No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
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.
Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world… to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.
A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.