John Ruskin Quotes on Art (12 Quotes)


    Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.

    Life without industry is guilt, and industry without art is brutality

    Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

    Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

    It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.


    What does cooking mean It means the knowledge of Media and of Circe, and of Calypso, and Sheba. It means knowledge of all herbs, and fruits. and balms and spices.... I means the economy of your great-grandmother and the science of modern chemistry, and French art, and Arabian hospitality. It means, in fine, that your are to see imperatively, that everyone has something nice to eat.

    All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.

    All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

    No art can be noble which is incapable of expressing thought, and no art is capable of expressing thought which does not change.

    Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

    All that is good in art is the expression of one soul talking to another and is precious according to the greatness of the soul that utters it

    No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.


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