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One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.
– John Ruskin
No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
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.
No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.
You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.
Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.
Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.
The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.
Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.
The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work.
Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.
Civilization is the making of civil persons.
All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.
The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.
An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.
It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.
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?
A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.
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.
It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.
Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.
There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man’s lawful prey.