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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 The elaborate style that characterised his earliest writing on art was later superseded by a preference for plainer language designed to communicate his ideas more effectively.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 Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever. Quote Right
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Quote Left The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions. Quote Right
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Quote Left Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition. Quote Right
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Quote Left The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time. Quote Right
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Quote Left The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion. Quote Right
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