John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, as well as an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as varied as geology, architecture, myth, ornithology, literature, education, and botany. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. He penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation.
Quotes by John Ruskin…
The right feeling is, “How strange this is! I never thought of that before, and yet I see it is true.”
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion — all in one.
Obedience is, indeed, founded on a kind of freedom, else it would become mere subjugation.
All men who have sense and feeling are being continually helped; they are taught by every person they meet, and enriched by everything that falls in their way. The greatest is he who has been oftenest aided. Originality is the observing eye.
Every duty we omit, obscures some truth we should have known.