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Quotes By John Ruskin

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DOB
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29-11-1627
DOD
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17-01-1705

John Ruskin’s marriage to Euphemia Gray was and will probably always remain a subject of intense speculation. So much so that Hollywood acror Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay for a film titled ‘Effie’, starring Dakota Fanning in the lead role.

In 1848, Ruskin, who was then a young 29-year-old man, got married to a girl who was ten years his junior. By that time, Ruskin was already a famed art critic, with the book ‘Modern Painters’ to his name. The couple tried to make the marriage work for six long years, before Effie fell in love with her husband’s apprentice, painter John Everett Millais. Effie eventually annulled the marriage and got wedded to Millais in 1855.

Though the fact about their tumultuous and unhappy marriage is known, what is interesting to note is the reason for Ruskin’s aversion towards his wife. The critic himself said, “It may be thought strange that I could abstain from a woman who to most people was so attractive. But though her face was beautiful, her person was not formed to excite passion. On the contrary, there were certain circumstances in her person which completely checked it.” Many have wondered what those “certain circumstances” could be. While some say it was the fact that the young woman was under-educated, others contemplate that Ruskin hated children, and that is why their marriage was never consummated. In Effie’s words, Ruskin “had imagined women were quite different to what he saw I was, and that the reason he did not make me his Wife was because he was disgusted with my person the first evening.” From what Effie said, the most absurd conclusion that people have arrived at is the fact that Ruskin was obsessed with the smoothness of nude classical figurines, and the real genital qualities that Effie had, repulsed him from the very first night.

The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.

- John Ruskin

A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.

- John Ruskin

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

- John Ruskin

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

- John Ruskin

All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy.

- John Ruskin

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

- The Stones of Venice , John Ruskin

Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.

- John Ruskin

Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.

- John Ruskin

In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it

- John Ruskin

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.

- John Ruskin

Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

- John Ruskin

Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

- John Ruskin

Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.

- John Ruskin

Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.

- John Ruskin

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

Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshiped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.

- John Ruskin

Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of an intelligent effort.

- John Ruskin

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