John Ruskin Quotes

He who has learned what is commonly considered the whole art of painting, that is, the art of representing any natural object faithfully, has as yet only learned the language by which his thoughts are to be expressed.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 1, sec. 1, ch. 2 (1843).
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He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 1, sec. 1, ch. 2 (1843).
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It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art ... consists.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 2, sec. 5, ch. 3 (1843).
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Nothing can be true which is either complete or vacant; every touch is false which does not suggest more than it represents, and every space is false which represents nothing.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 2, sec. 2, ch. 5 (1843).
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To know anything well involves a profound sensation of ignorance.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters I, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1843).
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That which is required in order to the attainment of accurate conclusions respecting the essence of the Beautiful is nothing more than earnest, loving, and unselfish attention to our impressions of it.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters II, pt. 3, sec. 1, ch. 3 (1846).
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Nearly all our powerful men in this age of the world are unbelievers; the best of them in doubt and misery; the worst of them in reckless defiance; the plurality in plodding hesitation, doing, as well as they can, what practical work lies ready to their hands.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 16 (1856).
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There is never vulgarity in a whole truth, however commonplace. It may be unimportant or painful. It cannot be vulgar. Vulgarity is only in concealment of truth, or in affectation.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 7 (1856).
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All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 7 (1856).
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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 (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 12 (1856).
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