"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."John Ruskin on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."John Ruskin on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."John Ruskin on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."John Ruskin on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."John Ruskin on Robert Frost
"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."