Selections from the Writings of John Ruskin (Google eBook)

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Smith, Elder, 1871 - 440 pages
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Page 302 - And he took up his parable and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said...
Page 426 - I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches.
Page 337 - A servant with this clause makes drudgery divine; who sweeps a room, as for thy laws, makes that and the action fine.
Page 312 - For he is the Lord our God : and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Page 413 - I find this conclusion more impressed upon me, that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way.
Page 242 - For we are not sent into this world to do any thing into which we cannot put our hearts. We have certain work to do for our bread, and that is to be done strenuously ; other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily : neither is to be done by halves or shifts, but with a will ; and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at alL...
Page 72 - ... into fitful brightness and glossy traverses of silken change, yet all subdued and pensive, and framed for simplest, sweetest offices of grace ? They will not be gathered like the flowers, for chaplet, or love-token; but of these the wild bird will make its nest, and the wearied child his pillow.
Page 178 - FINE ART is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.
Page 296 - ... 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. Now it is a good and desirable thing, truly, to make many pins in a day; but if we could only see with what crystal sand their points were polished - sand of human soul, much to be magnified before it can be discerned for what it is - we should think there might be some loss...
Page 439 - The law of nature is, that a certain quantity of work is necessary to produce a certain quantity of good, of any kind whatever. If you want knowledge, you must toil for it; if food, you must toil for it; and if pleasure, you must toil for it.

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