"The first test of a truly great man is his humility. By humility I don't mean doubt of his powers or hesitation in speaking his opinion, but merely an understanding of the relationship of what he can say and what he can do."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."John Ruskin on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."John Ruskin on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."John Ruskin on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."John Ruskin on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."John Ruskin on Winston Churchill
"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."
"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."
"He that would be angry and sin not, must not be angry with anything but sin."
"We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it."
"It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled."
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