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#1. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#2. If you can draw the stone rightly, everything within reach of art is also within yours. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#3. The adventure is not in arriving, it's in the on-the-way experience. It is not in the expected; it's in the surprise. You #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#4. Education does not mean teaching people what they do not know. It means teaching them to behave as they do not behave. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#5. Pleasure comes through toil, and not by self indulgence and indolence. When one gets to love work, his life is a happy one. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#6. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#7. It is a wiser, more generous, more noble thing to remember and point out the perfect words, than to invent poorer ones, wherewith to encumber temporarily the world. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#8. Who was it who said, 'the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies, for instance'?"
"I think that was Ruskin," says Jack.
"Ha!" laughs Charles. "There's truth in that. Could have included women, too." Charles laughs loudly at his own joke.
"Only if you're to assume a woman's sole purpose in life is to look good," counters Lillian.
"Well of course... there's looking good... and there's child-bearing," adds Charles, still looking ahead at the bird.
Lillian grips the bag in her lap a little more tightly.
If the artist seated behind them is aware of the tension, he deflects artfully. "I think Ruskin misses the point," he says. "Beauty is never useless. It has purpose. Look at us, sitting here. We've ceased all other activity just to pause for a moment and wonder at the sight of this bird. The extraordinary jolts us from the mundane and makes us feel something. It reminds us we're alive."
"Rather like art," says Lillian, after a moment.
Jack meets her gaze in the wing-mirror and nods. "Yes. Art. Music. Love."
Lillian drops her gaze, unexpected heat flooding her cheeks. #Quote by Hannah Richell
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#9. Grandfather was about sixty, a lean active man who still rode his bicycle at great speed. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#10. Ruskin believed that everyone had visual as well as verbal capacities that needed to be developed in order to become a complete human being, and that the apprehension of truth depended on the power of observation. #Quote by Robert Hewison
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#11. It is a good and safe rule to sojourn in every place as if you meant to spend your life there, never omitting an opportunity of doing a kindness, or speaking a true word, or making a friend. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#12. I write a story in my head. I see the story like a movie. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#13. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#14. The persons who become rich are, generally speaking, industrious, resolute, proud, covetous, prompt, methodical, sensible, unimaginative, insensitive, and ignorant. The persons who remain poor are the entirely foolish, the entirely wise, the idle, the reckless, the humble, the thoughtful, the dull, the imaginative, the sensitive, the well-informed, the improvident, the irregularly and impulsively wicked, the clumsy knave, the open thief, and the entirely merciful just and godly person. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#15. money can't buy good health or a serene state of mind - especially the latter. You can fly to the ends of the earth in search of the best climate or the best medical treatment and the chances are that you will have to keep flying! #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#16. Though nature is constantly beautiful, she does not exhibit her highest powers of beauty constantly, for then they would satiate us and pall upon our senses. It is necessary to their appreciation that they should be rarely shown. Her finest touches are things which must be watched for; her most perfect passages of beauty are the most evanescent. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#17. I never cease to wonder at the tenacity of water - its ability to make its way through various strata of rock,zigzagging,back-tracking, finding space, cunningly discovering faults and fissures in the mountain, and sometimes traveling underground for great distances before emerging into the open. Of course, there's no stopping water. For no matter how tiny that little tickle, it has to go somewhere. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#18. We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears! #Quote by John Ruskin
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#19. Kind hearts are the garden, kind thoughts are the roots, kind words are the blossoms, kind deeds are the fruit. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#20. There is in every animal's eye a dim image and gleam of humanity, a flash of strange light through which their life looks out and up to our great mystery of command over them, and claims the fellowship of the creature if not of the soul. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#21. To invent a story, or admirably and thoroughly tell any part of a story, it is necessary to grasp the entire mind of every personage concerned in it, and know precisely how they would be affected by what happens; which to do requires a colossal intellect: but to describe a separate emotion delicately, it is only needed that one should feel it oneself; and thousands of people are capable of feeling this or that noble emotion, for one who is able to enter into all the feelings of someone sitting on the other side of the table. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#22. Education is the leading human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them; and these two objects are always attainable together, and by the same means; the training which makes man happiest in themselves also makes them most serviceable to others. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#23. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#24. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#25. You don't have to lie if you know how to withhold the truth. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#26. Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#27. Greater completion marks the progress of art, absolute completion usually its decline. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#28. Live long, my friend, be wise and strong. But do not from any man his song. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#29. I am almost sick and giddy with the quantity of things in my head, all tempting and wanting to be worked out. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#30. A nation which lives a pastoral and innocent life never decorates the shepherd's staff or the plough-handle; but races who live by depredation and slaughter nearly always bestow exquisite ornaments on the quiver, the helmet, and the spear. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#31. We are foolish, and without excuse foolish, in speaking of the superiority of one sex to the other, as if they could be compared in similar things! Each has what the other has not; each completes the other; they are in nothing alike and the happiness and perfection of both depend on each asking and receiving from the other what the other only can give. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#32. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#33. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#34. The greatest efforts of the race have always been traceable to the love of praise, as the greatest catastrophes to the love of pleasure. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#35. Looking back on those childhood days, I carry in my mind a picture of grandmother in her rocking chair with a contented owlet sprawled across her aproned lap. Once, on entering a room while she was taking her afternoon nap, I saw one of the owlets had crawled up her pillow til its head was snuggled under her ear. Both grandmother and the owlet were snoring. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#36. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#37. The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#38. Ignorance, which is contented and clumsy, will produce what is imperfect, but not offensive. But ignorance dis contented and dexterous, learning what it cannot understand, and imitating what it cannot enjoy, produces the most loathsome forms of manufacture that can disgrace or mislead humanity. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#39. Crows are the world's great survivors. They are capable of living at any height and in any climate; as much at home in the back streets of Delhi as on the heights of Tungnath. Another #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#40. I had no companions to quarrel with, nobody to assist, and nobody to thank ... the evil consequence of all this was not, however, what might perhaps have been expected, that I grew up selfish or non affectionate; but that, when affection did come, it came with a violence utterly rampant and unmanageable. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#41. A gentleman's first characteristic is that fineness of structure in the body which renders it capable of the most delicate sensation; and of structure in the mind which renders it capable of the most delicate sympathies; one may say simply fineness of nature. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#42. The greatest reward is not what we receive for our labor, but what we become by it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#43. Lately in a wreck of a Californian ship, one of the passengers fastened a belt about him with two hundred pounds of gold in it, with which he was found afterwards at the bottom. Now, as he was sinking- had he the gold? or the gold him? #Quote by John Ruskin
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#44. For, truly, the man who does not know when to die, does not know how to live. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#45. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#46. Book readers are special people, and they will always turn to books as the ultimate pleasure. Those who do not read are the unfortunate ones. There's nothing wrong with them; but they are missing out on one of life's compensations and rewards. A great book is a friend that never lets you down. You can return to it again and again and the joy first derived from it will still be there. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#47. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#48. There is material enough in a single flower for the ornament of a score of cathedrals. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#49. Better a child should be ignorant of a thousand truths than have consecrated in its heart a single lie. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#50. I knew I was free; that I had always been free; held back only by my own weakness, lacking impulse and the imagination to break away from an existence that had become habitual for years. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#51. Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#52. We need examples of people who, leaving Heaven to decide whether they are to rise in the world, decide for themselves that they will be happy in it, and have resolved to seek not greater wealth, but simpler pleasure; not higher fortune, but deeper felicity; making the first of possessions, self-possession; and honouring themselves in the harmless pride and calm pursuits of peace. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#53. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#54. Malcolm Muggeridge who said that the only real Englishmen left in the world were to be found in India. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#55. Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#56. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#57. Work first, and then rest. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#58. Fit yourself for the best society, and then, never enter it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#59. There are, indeed, two forms of discontent: one laborious, the other indolent and complaining. We respect the man of laborious desire, but let us not suppose that his restlessness is peace, or his ambition meekness. It is because of the special connection of meekness with contentment that it is promised that the meek shall 'inherit the earth.' Neither covetous men, nor the grave, can inherit anything; they can but consume. Only contentment can possess. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#60. Let us then understand at once that change or variety is as much a necessity to the human heart and brain in buildings as in books; that there is no merit, though there is some occasional use, in monotony; and that we must no more expect to derive either pleasure or profit from an architecture whose ornaments are of one pattern, and whose pillars are of one proportion, than we should of a universe in which the clouds were all of one shape, and the trees all of one shape. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#61. It is far better to give work that is above a person, than to educate the person to be above their work. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#62. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#63. Men say their pinnacles point to heaven. Why, so does every tree that buds, and every bird that rises as it sings. Men say their aisles are good for worship. Why, so is every mountain glen and rough sea-shore. But this they have of distinct and indisputable glory,
that their mighty walls were never raised, and never shall be, but by men who love and aid each other in their weakness. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#64. It is better to lose your pride with someone you love rather than to lose that someone you love with your useless pride. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#65. For as in nothing is a gentleman better to be discerned from a vulgar person, so in nothing is a gentle nation (such nations have been) better to be discerned from a mob, than in this, - that their feelings are constant and just, results of due contemplation, and of equal thought. You can talk a mob into anything; its feelings may be - usually are - on a whole, generous and right; but it has no foundation for them, no hold of them; you may tease or tickle it into any, at your pleasure; it thinks by infection, for the most part, catching an opinion like a cold, and there is nothing so little that it will not roar itself wild about, when the fit is on; nothing so great but it will forget in an hour, when the fit is past. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#66. You must either make a tool of the creature, or a man of him. You cannot make both. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. If you will have that precision out of them, and make their fingers measure degrees like cog-wheels, and their arms strike curves like compasses, you must unhumanize them. All the energy of their spirits must be given to make cogs and compasses of themselves ... .On the other hand, if you will make a man of the working creature, you cannot make him a tool. Let him but begin to imagine, to think, to try to do anything worth doing; and the engine-turned precision is lost at once. Out come all his roughness, all his dulness, all his incapability; shame upon shame, failure upon failure, pause after pause: but out comes the whole majesty of him also; and we know the height of it only when we see the clouds settling upon him. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#67. Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#68. The more you write, the better you will write! So - keep at it! #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#69. Like other beautiful things in this world, its end (that of a shaft) is to be beautiful; and, in proportion to its beauty, it receives permission to be otherwise useless. We do not blame emeralds and rubies because we cannot make them into heads of hammers. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#70. In our whole life melody the music is broken off here and there by rests, and we foolishly think we have come to the end of time. God sends a time of forced leisure, a time of sickness and disappointed plans, and makes a sudden pause in the hymns of our lives, and we lament that our voice must be silent and our part missing in the music which ever goes up to the ear of our Creator. Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the time and not be dismayed at the rests. If we look up, God will beat the time for us. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#71. Almost always, it's the unexpected that delights us, that takes us by the throat and gives us a good shaking, leaving us gaping in wonder. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#72. Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#73. beneficiaries having #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#74. Once you have lived with mountains for any length of time you belong to them, and must return again and again. Nearly #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#75. So on we tramped, three small dots on a big mountain, mere specks, beings of no importance. In creating this world, God showed that he was a great mathematician; but in creating man, he got his algebra wrong. Puffed up with self-importance, we are in fact the most dispensable of all his creatures. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#76. I think I have learnt something of the value of stillness. I don't fret so much; I laugh at myself more often; I don't laugh at others. I live life at my own pace. Like a banyan tree. Is this wisdom, or is it just old age? #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#77. And the earth itself. It smells different in different places. But its loveliest fragrance is known only when it receives a shower of rain. and then the scent of the wet earth rises as though it would give something beautiful back to the clouds. A blend of all the fragrant things that grow upon it. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#78. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#79. To early man, trees were objects of awe and wonder. The mystery of their growth, the movement of their leaves and branches, the way they seemed to die and come again to life in spring, the sudden growth of the plant from the seed - all these appeared to be miracles as indeed they still are, miracles of nature! #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#80. Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the 'rests.' They are not to be slurred over, not to be omitted, not to destroy the melody, not to change the keynote. If we look up, God Himself will beat the time for us. With the eye on Him, we shall strike the next note full and clear. If we sadly say to ourselves, "There is no music in a 'rest,'" let us not forget '"there is the making of music in it." The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson! - Ruskin #Quote by Leslie Ludy
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#81. On the spur of the hill stood the ruins of an old brewery. The roof had long since disappeared and the rain had beaten the stone floors smooth and yellow. Some enterprising Englishman had spent a lifetime here making beer for his thirsty compatriots down in the plains. Now, moss and ferns grew from the walls. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#82. I know well that happiness is in little things. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#83. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#84. The last act crowns the play. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#85. But the trees seemed to know me. They whispered among themselves and beckoned me nearer. And looking around, I noticed the other small trees and wild plants and grasses had sprung up under the protection of the trees we had placed there.
The trees had multiplied! They were moving. In one small corner of the world, Grandfather's dream was coming true and the trees were moving again. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#86. You shall have thousands of gold pieces; - thousands of thousands - millions - mountains of gold: where will you keep them? #Quote by John Ruskin
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#87. It is evident that the chief feeling induced by woody country is one of reverence for its antiquity. There is a quiet melancholy about the decay of the patriarchal trunks, which is enhanced by the green and elastic vigor of the young saplings; the noble form of the forest aisles, and the subdued light which penetrates their entangled boughs, combine to add to the impression; and the whole character of the scene is calculated to excite conservative feeling. The man who could remain a radical in a wood country is a disgrace to his species. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#88. Ship of the line is the most honourable thing that man, as a gregarious animal, has ever produced. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#89. Whether for life or death, do your own work well. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#90. The highest thoughts are those which are least dependent on language, and the dignity of any composition and praise to which it is entitled are in exact proportion to its dependency of language or expression. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#91. Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture, considered as a subject of fine art. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#92. Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#93. Work first and then rest. Work first, and then gaze, but do not use golden ploughshares, nor bind ledgers in enamel. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#94. I never break my journey at Deoli but i pass through as often as I can #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#95. In mortals there is a care for trifles which proceeds from love and conscience, and is most holy; and a care for trifles which comes of idleness and frivolity, and is most base. And so, also, there is a gravity proceeding from thought, which is most noble; and a gravity proceeding from dulness and mere incapability of enjoyment, which is most base. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#96. I desire ... to leave this one great fact clearly stated. THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#97. The other day a young Internet surfer asked me why I preferred using a pencil instead of a computer. The principal reason, I told him, was that I liked chewing on the end of my pencil. A nasty habit, but it helps me concentrate. And I find it extremely difficult to chew on a computer. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#98. There's a great affinity between trees and men.We grow at much the same pace, if we are not hurt or starved or cut down. In our youth we are resplendent creatures, and in our declining years we stoop a little, we remember,we stretch our brittle limbs in the sun,and then,with a sigh,we shed our last leaves. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#99. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#100. There is no harm in anybody thinking that Christ is in bread. The harm is in the expectation of His presence in gunpowder. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#101. There is no action so slight or so mean but it may be done to a great purpose, and ennobled thereby. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#102. God shows us in Himself, strange as it may seem, not only authoritative perfection, but even the perfection of obedience
an obedience to His own laws; and in the cumbrous movement of those unwieldiest of his creatures we are reminded, even in His divine essence, of that attribute of uprightness in the human creature that sweareth to his own hurt and changeth not. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#103. The eye is continually influenced by what it cannot detect; nay, it is not going too far, to say that it is most influenced by what it detects least. Let the painter define, if he can, the variations of lines on which depend the change of expression in the human countenance. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#104. The man who can see all gray, and red, and purples in a peach, will paint the peach rightly round, and rightly altogether. But the man who has only studied its roundness may not see its purples and grays, and if he does not will never get it to look like a peach; so that great power over color is always a sign of large general art-intellect. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#105. There are many religions, but there is only one morality. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#106. Know thyself, for through thyself only thou canst know God. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#107. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#108. I don't want to rot like mangoes at the end of the season, or burnout like the sun at the and of the day. I cannot live like the gardener, the cook and water-carrier, doing the same task everyday of my life ... I want to be either somebody or nobody. I don't want to be anybody. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#109. He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#110. Science studies the relations of things to each other: but art studies only their relations to man. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#111. The rain swirls over the trees and roofs of the town, and the parched earth soaks it up, exuding a fragrance that comes only once in a year, the fragrance of quenched earth, the most exhilarating of all smells. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#112. The world is full of vulgar Purists, who bring discredit on all selection by the silliness of their choice; and this the more, because the very becoming a Purist is commonly indicative of some slight degree of weakness, readiness to be offended, or narrowness of understanding of the ends of things. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#113. Some of us are born sensitive. And if, on top of that, we are pulled about in different directions (both emotionally and physically), we might just end up becoming writers.
No, we don't become writers in schools of creative writing. We become writers before we learn to write. The rest is simply learning how to put it all together. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#114. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#115. The power of painter or poet to describe what he calls an ideal thing depends upon its being to him not an ideal but a real thing. No man ever did or ever will work well but either from actual sight or sight of faith. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#116. When you pay too much, you lose a little money - that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought is incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#117. Phrases and images from the game filtered through his head... hitting the sweet spot, working the rosin bag, over the bat, going deep, in the hole, double header, baseball was a filthy, dirty sport! #Quote by J.D. Ruskin
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#118. Do justice to your brother (you can do that, whether you love him or not), and you will come to love him. But do injustice to him because you don't love him, and you will come to hate him. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#119. When men are rightly occupied, their amusement grows out of their work, as the colour-petals out of a fruitful flower; when they are faithfully helpful and compassionate, all their emotions become steady, deep, perpetual, and vivifying to the soul as the natural pulse to the body. But now, having no true business, we pour our whole masculine energy into the false business of money-making; and having no true emotion, we must have false emotions dressed up for us to play with, not innocently, as children with dolls, but guiltily and darkly. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#120. All this was only, in my father's estimation, a means; the end was the Earthly Paradise, the translation of William Morris's 'News from Nowhere' into 'News from Somewhere.' Then Whitman's sense of abounding joy in his own and all creation's sensuality would sweep away the paltry backwaters of bourgeois morality; the horrors of industrial ugliness which Ruskin so eloquently denounced would dissolve, and die forgotten as a dream (phrases from hymns still washed about in my father's mind) as slums were transformed into garden cities, and the belching smoke of hateful furnaces into the cool elegance of electric power. As for the ferocious ravings of my namesake, Carlyle, about the pettifogging nature of modern industrial man's pursuits and expectations -- all that would be corrected as he was induced to spend ever more of his increasing leisure in cultural and craft activities; in the enjoyment of music, literature and art.

It was pefectly true -- a point that Will Straughan was liable to bring up at the Saturday evening gatherings -- that on the present form the new citizenry might be expected to have a marked preference for dog-racing over chamber music or readings from 'Paradise Lost,' but, my father would loftily point out, education would change all that. Education was, in fact, the lynchpin of the whole operation; the means whereby the Old Adam of the Saturday night booze-up, and fondness for Marie Lloyd in preference to Beatrice Webb, would be cast off, and the #Quote by Malcolm Muggeridge
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#121. He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#122. The art of nations is to be accumulative, just as science and history are; the work of living men not superseding, but building itself upon the work of the past. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#123. 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 make gloomy, nor poverty take away from us. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#124. Shadows are in reality, when the sun is shining, the most conspicuous thing in a landscape, next to the highest lights. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#125. Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#126. No one rules the world forever, the gods grow jealous. If someone is constantly successful or too powerful - be it Alexander or Napolean or Hitler - the gods will eventually destroy him. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#127. Kilmartin wrote a highly amusing and illuminating account of his experience as a Proust revisionist, which appeared in the first issue of Ben Sonnenberg's quarterly Grand Street in the autumn of 1981. The essay opened with a kind of encouragement: 'There used to be a story that discerning Frenchmen preferred to read Marcel Proust in English on the grounds that the prose of A la recherche du temps perdu was deeply un-French and heavily influenced by English writers such as Ruskin.' I cling to this even though Kilmartin thought it to be ridiculous Parisian snobbery; I shall never be able to read Proust in French, and one's opportunities for outfacing Gallic self-regard are relatively scarce. #Quote by Christopher Hitchens
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#128. The lives of scientists, considered as Lives, almost always make dull reading. For one thing, the careers of the famous and the merely ordinary fall into much the same pattern, give or take an honorary degree or two, or (in European countries) an honorific order. It could be hardly otherwise. Academics can only seldom lead lives that are spacious or exciting in a worldly sense. They need laboratories or libraries and the company of other academics. Their work is in no way made deeper or more cogent by privation, distress or worldly buffetings. Their private lives may be unhappy, strangely mixed up or comic, but not in ways that tell us anything special about the nature or direction of their work. Academics lie outside the devastation area of the literary convention according to which the lives of artists and men of letters are intrinsically interesting, a source of cultural insight in themselves. If a scientist were to cut his ear off, no one would take it as evidence of a heightened sensibility; if a historian were to fail (as Ruskin did) to consummate his marriage, we should not suppose that our understanding of historical scholarship had somehow been enriched. #Quote by Peter Medawar
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#129. As children we are all individualists; it is only as we grow older that we acquire a certain grey similarity to each other. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#130. God is a kind Father. He sets us all in the places where he wishes us to be employed. He chooses work for every creature which will be delightful to them if they do it simply and humbly. He gives us always strength enough and sense enough for what he wants us to do. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#131. God never imposes a duty without giving time to do it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#132. Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#133. All of one's life is music, if one touches the notes rightly, and in time. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#134. A man is known to his dog by the smell, to his tailor by the coat, to his friend by the smile; each of these know him, but how little or how much depends on the dignity of the intelligence. That which is truly and indeed characteristic of the man is known only to God. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#135. When love and skill work together, expect a materpiece. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#136. The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced. #Quote by John Ruskin
Ruskin quotes by Paul Haworth
#137. King of the Ruskin was my show last year, last May, in New College Long Room. I filled that old room with seven big paintings. Big, colourful paintings. King of the Ruskin included better work than Abstractionism. I've tried since to paint like that and I can't. The King of the Ruskin paintings were it. I didn't realise it at the time but they were the best paintings I would ever make. They were the paintings I wanted to see and they did everything I wanted painting to do at that time. So these are my last paintings. I will never paint again. But why didn't I stop in the first place? No one ever knows when to stop. They just decline. For me, I had to kill my painting. With King of the Ruskin I had delivered the mortal wounds but one rarely has the pleasure of a quick and graceful exit. No, it has been slow, painful and distressing. Of course I am speaking in hindsight; I only realised it was the end with the randomly themed, scrappy, clustered paintings where it finally became apparent to me that I had no skills, no ideas, no interest, no pride and no pleasure in painting. I was like a dying cowboy, making a final, feeble bid at victory with random, aimless shots at an invisible enemy. #Quote by Paul Haworth
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#138. Money often costs too much.' - Ralph Waldo Emerson #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#139. Depend upon it, the first universal characteristic of all great art is Tenderness, as the second is Truth. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#140. Readers want more of the same from you. So stick to one genre. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#141. You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#142. Modern traveling is not traveling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#143. No amount of pay ever made a good soldier, a good teacher, a good artist, or a good workman. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#144. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#145. Life is a magic vase filled to the brim, so made that you cannot dip from it nor draw from it; but it overflows into the hand that drops treasures into it. Drop in malice and it overflows hate; drop in charity and it overflows love. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#146. It would be a dull world if it was the same everywhere, #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#147. You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#148. There are two kinds of authors - subjective and objective. Introverts are more inward looking. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#149. See that your children be taught, not only the labors of the earth, but the loveliness of it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#150. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#151. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#152. And when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#153. People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser ... and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#154. A Quiet Mind Lord, give me a quiet mind, That I might listen; A gentle tone of voice, That I might comfort others; A sound and healthy body, That I might share In the joy of walking And leaping and running; And a good sense of direction So I might know just where I'm going! #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#155. I can remember wondering as a child if I were a young Macaulay or Ruskin and secretly deciding that I was. My infant mind even was bitter with those who insisted on regarding me as a normal child and not as a prodigy. #Quote by W.N.P. Barbellion
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#156. You will never love art well until you love what she mirrors better. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#157. They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#158. Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#159. It wouldn't be much fun living on a planet where grass could not grow. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#160. The common highwayman's demand of "your money OR your life," into that of "your money AND your life. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#161. Live close to nature and you'll never feel lonely. Don't drive those sparrows out of your veranda; they won't hack into your computer. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#162. Living without an aim, is like sailing without a compass. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#163. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#164. A forest of all manner of trees is poor, if not disagreeable, in effect; a mass of one species of tree is sublime. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#165. The word "Blue" does not mean the sensation caused by a gentian on the human eye; but it means the power of producing that sensation: and this power is always there, in the thing, whether we are there to experience it or not, and would remain there though there were not a man left on the face of the earth. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#166. No day is without its innocent hope. #Quote by John Ruskin
Ruskin quotes by Jeanette Winterson
#167. What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous. The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently, which is why art has moral force. Ruskin was right, though for the wrong reasons, when he talked about art as a moral force. Art is not about good behaviour, when did you last see a miracle behave well? Art makes us better people because it asks for our full humanity, and humanity is, or should be, the polar opposite of the merely mechanical. We are not part of the machine either, but we have forgotten that. Art is memory - which is quite different [from] history. Art asks that we remember who we are, and usually that asking has to come as provocation - which is why art breaks the rules and the taboos, and at the same time is a moral force. #Quote by Jeanette Winterson
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#168. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#169. All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#170. In general, when the imagination is at all noble, it is irresistible, and therefore those who can at all resist it ought to resist it. Be a plain topographer if you possibly can; if Nature meant you to be anything else, she will force you to it; but never try to be a prophet. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#171. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#172. To be content in utter darkness and ignorance is indeed unmanly, and therefore we think that to love light and find knowledge must always be right. Yet wherever pride has any share in the work, even knowledge and light may be ill pursued. Knowledge is good, and light is good: yet man perished in seeking knowledge, and moths perish in seeking light; and if we, who are crushed before the moth, will not accept such mystery as is needful to us, we shall perish in like manner. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#173. We must move on, of course. There's no point in hankering after distant pleasures and lost picture palaces. But there's no harm in indulging in a little nostalgia. What is nostalgia, after all, but an attempt to preserve that which was good in the past? And #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#174. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#175. The entire vitality of art depends upon its being either full of truth, or full of use; and that, however pleasant, wonderful, or impressive it may be in itself, it must yet be of inferior kind, and tend to deeper inferiority, unless it has clearly one of these main objects, either to state a true thing, or to adorn a serviceable one. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#176. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#177. There is a certain period of the soul-culture when it begins to interfere with some of characters of typical beauty belonging to the bodily frame, the stirring of the intellect wearing down the flesh, and the moral enthusiasm burning its way out to heaven, through the emaciation of the earthen vessel; and there is, in this indication of subduing the mortal by the immortal part, an ideal glory of perhaps a purer and higher range than that of the more perfect material form. We conceive, I think, more nobly of the weak presence of Paul than of, the fair and ruddy countenance of David. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#178. For everytime I see the sky I'm aware of belonging to the universe than to just one corner of the earth. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#179. 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? #Quote by John Ruskin
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#180. The very cheapness of literature is making even wise people forget that if a book is worth reading, it is worth buying. No book is worth anything which is not worth much; nor is it serviceable, until it has been read, and re-read, and loved, and loved again; and marked, so that you can refer to the passages you want in it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#181. All great song, from the first day when human lips contrived syllables, has been sincere song. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#182. I believe that there is no test of greatness in periods, nations or men more sure than the development, among them or in them, of a noble grotesque, and no test of comparative smallness or limitation, of one kind or another, more sure than the absence of grotesque invention, or incapability of understanding it. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#183. English artists are usually entirely ruined by residence in Italy. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#184. There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#185. That man is strongest who stands alone! #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#186. What do you suppose makes all men look back to the time of childhood with so much regret (if their childhood has been, in any moderate degree, healthy or peaceful)? That rich charm, which the least possession had for us, was in consequence of the poorness of our treasures. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#187. It's easy to rob a greedy man, because he deserves to be robbed; it's easy to rob a rich man, because he can afford to be robbed; but it's difficult to rob a poor man, even one who really doesn't care if he's robbed #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#188. I wish they would use English instead of Greek words. When I want to know why a leaf is green, they tell me it is coloured by "chlorophyll," which at first sounds very instructive; but if they would only say plainly that a leaf is coloured green by a thing which is called "green leaf," we should see more precisely how far we had got. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#189. Great Stories for Children #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#190. I believe that mountains do affect one's personality, if one can remain among them long enough; and if Sunil had grown up in the hills instead of in a refugee township, I have no doubt he would have been a completely different person. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#191. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#192. I was nostalgic even as a young man. Preferred listening to Opera not Bing Crossby. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#193. Absolute and entire ugliness is rare. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#194. The rich and the poor have met, God is their light. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#195. It is not so much in buying pictures as in being pictures, that you can encourage a noble school. The best patronage of art is not that which seeks for the pleasures of sentiment in a vague ideality, nor for beauty of form in a marble image, but that which educates your children into living heroes, and binds down the flights and the fondnesses of the heart into practical duty and faithful devotion. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#196. Mighty of heart, mighty of mind, magnanimous-to be this is indeed to be great in life. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#197. 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. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#198. The best work never was and never will be done for money. #Quote by John Ruskin
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#199. The deodar enjoys the company of its own kind: Where one deodar grows, there will be others. A walk in a deodar forest is awe-inspiring -- surrounded on all sides by these great sentinels of the mountains, you feel as though the trees themselves are on the march. #Quote by Ruskin Bond
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#200. If it is the love of that which your work represents
if, being a landscape painter, it is love of hills and trees that moves you
if, being a figure painter, it is love of human beauty, and human soul that moves you
if, being a flower or animal painter, it is love, and wonder, and delight in petal and in limb that move you, then the Spirit is upon you, and the earth is yours, and the fullness thereof. #Quote by John Ruskin

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