Ruskin, an art critic and social thinker, live in England
from 1819 to 1900. Here are a few of this thoughts:
"The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it,
but what he becomes by it."
"What we think, or what we know, or what we believe, is in
the end of little consequence. The only consequence is
what we do."
"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."
"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up,
snow is exhilarating; there really is no such thing as bad
weather, only different kinds of weather."
"There is scarcely anything in the world that some man
cannot make a little worse, and sell a little more cheaply,
the person who buys on price alone is this man's
Just for fun, here are two quotes that capture the
tension of being both a social progressive and an art
"The question is not what a man can scorn, or disparage,
or find fault with, but what can he love, value and
"Pagan in its origin, proud and unholy in its revival,
paralysed in its old age... an architecture invented, as it
seems, to make plagiarists of its architects, slaves of its
workmen, and sybarites of its inhabitants; an architecture in
which intellect is idle, invention impossible, but in which all
luxury is gratified and all insolence fortified." (talking about
the classical tradition in art).
The man could write.