The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.
Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty.
All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.
Greater completion marks the progress of art, absolute completion usually its decline.
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.
The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things â€” not merely industrious, but to love industry â€” not merely learned, but to love knowledge â€” not merely pure, but to love purity â€” not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. John Ruski
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.
Labour without joy is base. Labour without sorrow is base. Sorrow without labour is base. Joy without labour is base.
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.
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.
Though you may have known clever men who were indolent, you never knew a great man who was so; and when I hear a young man spoken of as giving promise of great genius, the first question I ask about him always is, Does he work?
In my house there is no attempt whatever to secure harmonies of colour, or form, or furniture.... I am entirely independent for daily happiness upon the sensual qualities of form or colour-when I want them I take them either from the sky or from the fields.
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.
... A power of obtaining veracity in the representation of material and tangible things, which, within certain limits and conditions, is unimpeachable, has now been placed in the hands of all men, almost without labour. (1853)
Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.
Race is precisely of as much consequence in man as it is in any animal.
See! This our fathers did for us.
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 essence of lying is in deception, not in words. John Ru
Make yourselves nests of pleasant thoughts. None of us knows what fairy palaces we may build of beautiful thought-proof against all adversity. Bright fancies, satisfied memories, noble histories, faithful sayings, treasure houses of precious and restful thoughts, which care cannot disturb, nor pain
Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind.
I desire ... to leave this one great fact clearly stated. THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE.
The entire object of true education, is to make people not merely do the right thing, but to enjoy right things; not merely industrious, but to love industry; not merely learned, but to love knowledge.
It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty. John Ruski
Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.
Geology does better in reclothing dry bones and revealing lost creations, than in tracing veins of lead and beds of iron; astronomy better in opening to us the houses of heaven than in teaching navigation; surgery better in investigating organiation than in setting limbs; only it is ordained that, f
To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.
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.