Quotes by John Ruskin

A book worth reading is worth buying.
– John Ruskin
A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.
– John Ruskin
A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.
– John Ruskin
A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
– John Ruskin
All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time.
– John Ruskin
An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
– John Ruskin
Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.
– John Ruskin
As a camel beareth labor, and heat, and hunger, and thirst, through deserts of sand, and fainteth not; so the fortitude of a man shall sustain him through all perils.
– John Ruskin
Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad.
– John Ruskin
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.
– John Ruskin
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
– John Ruskin
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.
– John Ruskin
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
Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
– John Ruskin
Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.
– John Ruskin
Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
– John Ruskin
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
– John Ruskin
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
– John Ruskin
He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
– John Ruskin
He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin.
– John Ruskin