John Ruskin Quotes on Life (14 Quotes)

    Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself.

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

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

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

    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.

    It is not, truly speaking, the labour that is divided but the men divided into mere segments of men broken into small fragments and crumbs of life, so that all the little piece of intelligence that is left in a man is not enough to make a pin, or a nail, but exhausts itself in making the point of a pin or the head of a nail.

    Life is a magic vase filled to the brim so made that you cannot dip into 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 lo.

    Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life anarchy and competition the laws of death.

    Being thus prepared for us in all ways, and made beautiful, and good for food, and for building, and for instruments of our hands, this race of plants, deserving boundless affection and admiration from us, becomes, in proportion to their obtaining it, a nearly perfect test of our being in right temper of mind and way of life so that no one can be far wrong in either who loves trees enough, and everyone is assuredly wrong in both who does not love them, if his life has brought them in his way.

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

    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.

    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.

    Reverence is the chief joy and power of life - reverence for that which is pure and bright in youth for what is true and tried in age for all that is gracious among the living, great among the dead, - and marvelous in the powers that cannot die

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