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There is hardly anything in the world that some man can't make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
—  John Ruskin
When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.
—  John Ruskin
The force of the guinea you have in your pocket depends wholly on the default of a guinea in your neighbour's pocket. If he did not want it, it would be of no use to you.
—  John Ruskin
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.
—  John Ruskin
Borrowers are nearly always ill-spenders, and it is with lent money that all evil is mainly done.
—  John Ruskin
You will find it less easy to uproot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes.
—  John Ruskin
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of an intelligent effort.
—  John Ruskin
No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.
—  John Ruskin
The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets for it, but what he becomes by it.
—  John Ruskin
Your honesty is not to be based either on religion or policy. Both your religion and policy must be based on it. Your honesty must be based, as the sun is, in vacant heaven; poised, as the lights in the firmament, which have rule over the day and over the night.
—  John Ruskin
On the whole, it is patience which makes the final difference between those who succeed or fail in all things. All the greatest people have it in an infinite degree, and among the less, the patient weak ones always conquer the impatient strong.
—  John Ruskin
Do not think of your faults, still less of others' 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
Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become. Your vision is the promise of what you shall at last unveil.
—  John Ruskin
There is no law of history any more than of a kaleidoscope.
—  John Ruskin
To be able to ask a question clearly is two-thirds of the way to getting it answered.
—  John Ruskin
There are many religions, but there is only one morality.
—  John Ruskin
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important.
—  John Ruskin
In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
—  John Ruskin
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.
—  John Ruskin
Cheerfulness is as natural to the heart of a man in strong health as color to his cheek; and wherever there is habitual gloom there must be either bad air, unwholesome food, improperly severe labor, or erring habits of life.
—  John Ruskin
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.
—  John Ruskin
They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.
—  John Ruskin
They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.
—  John Ruskin
How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?
—  John Ruskin
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
—  John Ruskin
Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.
—  John Ruskin
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?
—  John Ruskin
The question is not what man can scorn, or disparage, or find fault with, but what he can love, and value, and appreciate.
—  John Ruskin
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.
—  John Ruskin
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.
—  John Ruskin
Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.
—  John Ruskin
There is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
—  John Ruskin
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
—  John Ruskin
You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil.
—  John Ruskin
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.
—  John Ruskin
Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.
—  John Ruskin
I believe that the first test of a truly great man is his humility. Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not in them but through them. And they see something divine in every other man and are endlessly, incredibly merciful.
—  John Ruskin
Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.
—  John Ruskin
Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. There should not be a single ornament put upon great civic buildings, without some intellectual intention.
—  John Ruskin
To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.
—  John Ruskin
Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.
—  John Ruskin
It is eminently a weariable faculty, eminently delicate, and incapable of bearing fatigue; so that if we give it too many objects at a time to employ itself upon, or very grand ones for a long time together, it fails under the effort, becomes jaded, exactly as the limbs do by bodily fatigue, and incapable of answering any farther appeal till it has had rest.
—  John Ruskin
Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
—  John Ruskin
How false is the conception, how frantic the pursuit, of that treacherous phantom which men call Liberty: most treacherous, indeed, of all phantoms; for the feeblest ray of reason might surely show us, that not only its attainment, but its being, was impossible. There is no such thing in the universe. There can never be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not; and we men have the mockery and semblance of it only for our heaviest punishment.
—  John Ruskin
Do not think it wasted time to submit yourself to any influence that will bring upon you any noble feeling.
—  John Ruskin
It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.
—  John Ruskin

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