John Ruskin Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old john ruskin quotes, john ruskin sayings, and john ruskin proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


When love and skill go together, expect a masterpiece.      

John Ruskin

The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.     

John Ruskin

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.     

John Ruskin

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

Summer 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

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

Flowers seem intended for the solace of ordinary humanity.     

John Ruskin

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.     

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

If a book is worth reading, it is worth buying.     

John Ruskin

Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you.     

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

Imperfection is in some sort essential to all that we know of life. It is the sign of life in a mortal body, that is to say, of a state of progress and change. Nothing that lives is, or can be rigidly perfect; part of it is decaying, part nascent.      

John Ruskin

The finer the nature, the more flaws it will show through the clearness of it; and it is a law of this universe that the best things shall be seldomest seen in their best form.     

John Ruskin

To banish imperfection is to destroy expression, to check exertion, to paralyze vitality.     

John Ruskin

Nature is painting for us, day after day, pictures of infinite beauty if only we have the eyes to see them.     

John Ruskin

The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.     

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.     

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

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

John Ruskin

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.     

John Ruskin

The highest reward for man's toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it     

John Ruskin

The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers; but they rise behind her steps, not before them.     

John Ruskin

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.     

John Ruskin

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.     

John Ruskin

October's foliage yellows with his cold.     

John Ruskin