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 :: 1819-1900, British Critic, Social Theorist

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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 - [Service]

 

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It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place, than to expand both indiscriminately.
~ John Ruskin - [Simplicity]

 

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Nearly all the powerful people of this age are unbelievers, the best of them in doubt and misery, the most in plodding hesitation, doing as well as they can, what practical work lies at hand.
~ John Ruskin - [Skepticism]

 

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

 

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Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.
~ John Ruskin - [Slavery]

 

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The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.
~ John Ruskin - [Slavery]

 

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Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.
~ John Ruskin - [Spirit and Spirituality]

 

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Fit yourself for the best society, and then, never enter it.
~ John Ruskin - [Status]

 

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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 - [Submission]

 

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If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the of ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.
~ John Ruskin - [Success]

 

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Success by the laws of competition signifies a victory over others by obtaining the direction and profits of their work. This is the real source of all great riches.
~ John Ruskin - [Success]

 

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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 - [Success]

 

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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 - [Taxes and Taxation]

 

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In health of mind and body, men should see with their own eyes, hear and speak without trumpets, walk on their feet, not on wheels, and work and war with their arms, not with engine-beams, nor rifles warranted to kill twenty men at a shot before you can see them.
~ John Ruskin - [Technology]

 

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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 - [Trade Unions]

 

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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 - [Trains]

 

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Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.
~ John Ruskin - [Unity]

 

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The best thing in life aren't things.
~ John Ruskin - [Value]

 

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The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.
~ John Ruskin - [Vanity]

 

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The higher a man stands, the more the word ''vulgar'' becomes unintelligible to him.
~ John Ruskin - [Vulgarity]

 

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