"Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."John Ruskin on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."John Ruskin on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."John Ruskin on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."John Ruskin on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."John Ruskin on Mark Twain
"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."