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John Ruskin
February 8, 1819 - January 20, 1900
Nationality: English
Category: Writer
Subcategory: English Writer

Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.


A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.


Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.


Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.


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.


The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.


Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.


There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves.


It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.


The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.


The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.


It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.


Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.


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.


I have not written in vain if I have heretofore done anything towards diminishing the reputation of the Renaissance landscape painting.


Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.


It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.


Whereas it has long been known and declared that the poor have no right to the property of the rich, I wish it also to be known and declared that the rich have no right to the property of the poor.


To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education.


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