John Ruskin Quotes on Money & Wealth (6 Quotes)


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

    What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant ''well-being,'' and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.

    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.

    The best work never was and never will be done for money.

    Success by the laws of competition signifies a victory over others by obtaining the direction and profits of their work. This is the real source of all great riches.


    I look upon those pitiful concretions of lime and clay which spring up, in mildewed forwardness, out of the kneaded fields about our capital... not merely with the careless disgust of an offended eye, not merely with sorrow for a desecrated landscape, but with a painful foreboding that the roots of our national greatness must be deeply cankered when they are thus loosely struck in their native ground. The crowded tenements of a struggling and restless population differ only from the tents of the Arab or the Gipsy by their less healthy openness to the air of heaven, and less happy choice of their spot of earth by their sacrifice of liberty without the gain of rest, and of stability without the luxury of change.


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