John Ruskin Quotes on Education (14 Quotes)


    Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.

    The entire object of true education is to make people not merely do the right things, but enjoy the right things not merely industrious, but to love industry not merely learned, but to love knowledge not merely pure, but to love purity not merely just, but to hunger and thirst after justice.

    I hold it for indisputable, that the first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion. But in order to the effecting this the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.

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

    It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.


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

    The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

    Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.

    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.

    Without the perfect sympathy with the animals around them, no gentleman's education, no Christian education, could be of any possible use.

    Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

    Let us reform our schools, and we shall find little reform needed in our prisons.


    Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.


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