When a man is wrapped up in himself, he makes a pretty small package.
More Quotes from John Ruskin:The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?
Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.
People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.
You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.
No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds.
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