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The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it. John Ruskin

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Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor. John Ruskin

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There is no wealth but life. John Ruskin

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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. John Ruskin

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The best thing in life aren't things. John Ruskin

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God has lent us the earth for our life; it is a great entail. It belongs as much to those who are to come after us, and whose names are already written in the book of creation, as to us; and we have no right, by anything that we do or neglect, to involve them in unnecessary penalties, or deprive them of benefits which it was in our power to bequeath. John Ruskin

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In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children. John Ruskin

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Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time. John Ruskin

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You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement. John Ruskin

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When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package. John Ruskin

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Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are. John Ruskin, Dejan Stojanović

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People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic. John Ruskin

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It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning. John Ruskin

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To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education. John Ruskin

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

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Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours. John Ruskin

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Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons. John Ruskin

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Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith. John Ruskin

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One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live. John Ruskin

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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. John Ruskin

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The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time. John Ruskin

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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? John Ruskin

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One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right. John Ruskin

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Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition. John Ruskin

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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. John Ruskin

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It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls. John Ruskin

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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. John Ruskin

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A book worth reading is worth buying. John Ruskin

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I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face. John Ruskin

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The last act crowns the play. John Ruskin

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Along the iron veins that traverse the frame of our country, beat and flow the fiery pulses of its exertion, hotter and faster every hour. All vitality is concentrated through those throbbing arteries into the central cities; the country is passed over like a green sea by narrow bridges, and we are thrown back in continually closer crowds on the city gates. John Ruskin

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No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others. John Ruskin

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No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple. John Ruskin

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The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most. John Ruskin

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The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power. John Ruskin

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The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work. John Ruskin

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They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change. John Ruskin

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The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do. John Ruskin

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Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn. John Ruskin

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No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort. John Ruskin

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We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind. John Ruskin

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Give little love to a child, and you get a great deal back. John Ruskin

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No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart. John Ruskin

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Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends. John Ruskin

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Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make. John Ruskin

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Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation. John Ruskin

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. John Ruskin

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Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles, but by producing them. They don't live by trade, but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions. John Ruskin

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A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it. John Ruskin