"It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists."
"True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist."John Ruskin on Albert Einstein
"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced."John Ruskin on Vincent Van Gogh
"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person."John Ruskin on Abraham Lincoln
"The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance."John Ruskin on Aristotle
"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament."John Ruskin on Oscar Wilde
"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."