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“ 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. ”

– John Ruskin (1819 – 1900)

John Ruskin was an English art critic of the Victorian era. He is also remembered as a patron of the arts, draughtsman, watercolour painter, philosopher, social thinker and philanthropist. He wrote on subjects as wide and varied as geology, architecture, mythology, ornithology, literature, education, botany, economics and politics.

Other great John Ruskin quotes:

"The first condition of education is being able to put someone to wholesome and meaningful work."

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."

"You may either win your peace or buy it: win it, by resistance to evil; buy it, by compromise with evil."

"To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education."

"All books are divisible into two classes, the books of the hour, and the books of all time."

"The highest reward for a man's toil is not what he gets by it but what he becomes by it."

"Really great men have a curious feeling that the greatness is not of them, but through them."

A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.

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John Ruskin, Selected Writings
by John Ruskin

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