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John Ruskin: John Ruskin (8 February 1819 – 20 January 1900) was the leading English art critic of the Victorian era, also an art patron, draughtsman, watercolourist, a prominent social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects ranging from geology to architecture, myth to ornithology, literature to education, and botany to political economy. His writing styles and literary forms were equally varied. Ruskin penned essays and treatises, poetry and lectures, travel guides and manuals, letters and even a fairy tale. The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively. In all of his writing, he emphasised the connections between nature, art and society. He also made detailed sketches and paintings of rocks, plants, birds, landscapes, and architectural structures and ornamentation.

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Quote Left "He who is not actively kind is cruel!" Quote Right
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Quote Left No lying knight or lying priest ever prospered in any age, but especially not in the dark ones. Men prospered then only in following an openly declared purpose, and preaching candidly beloved and trusted creeds. Quote Right
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Quote Left Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close. Quote Right
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Quote Left Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Quote Right
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Quote Left Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder. Quote Right
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