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When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece.


The best thing in life aren't things.


When a man is wrapped up in himself he makes a pretty small package.

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Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.




The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.


The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love color the most.


In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.


Summer is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces up, snow is exhilarating; there is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.


You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.


When we build, let us think that we build for ever.


The best work never was and never will be done for money.

  • work

Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies, for instance.


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


The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.


Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.


The strength and power of a country depends absolutely on the quantity of good men and women in it.


Doing is the great thing, for if people resolutely do what is right, they come in time to like doing it.


Nothing can be beautiful which is not true.


People are eternally divided into two classes, the believer, builder, and praiser, and the unbeliever, destroyer and critic.


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


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


Out of suffering comes the serious mind; out of salvation, the grateful heart; out of endurance, fortitude; out of deliverance faith.


It is far better to give work that is above a person, than to educate the person to be above their work.


It takes a great deal of living to get a little deal of learning.


A book worth reading is worth buying.

  • reading

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order, and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.


Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.


Government and cooperation are in all things the laws of life. Anarchy and competition, the laws of death.


All violent feelings have the same effect. They produce in us a falseness in all our impressions of external things, which I would generally characterize as the pathetic fallacy.


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




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You should read books like you take medicine, by advice, and not by advertisement.

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A book worth reading is worth buying.

  • reading

Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

  • reading

Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

  • reading

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

  • reading

To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.

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Life being very short, and the quiet hours of it few, we ought to waste none of them in reading valueless books.


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The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.

  • work

The best work never was and never will be done for money.

  • 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.


All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

  • work

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

  • work

Men were not intended to work with the accuracy of tools, to be precise and perfect in all their actions.

  • work

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

  • work

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Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

  • weather

The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.


Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.

  • nature

Of all the things that oppress me, this sense of the evil working of nature herself --my disgust at her barbarity --clumsiness --darkness --bitter mockery of herself --is the most desolating.

  • nature

It is written on the arched sky; it looks out from every star. It is the poetry of Nature; it is that which uplifts the spirit within us.

  • nature

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To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.


The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.


The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.


Nearly all the evils in the Church have arisen from bishops desiring power more than light. They want authority, not outlook.

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You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion.


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

  • education

The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.

  • education

Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.

  • education

The first duty of government is to see that people have food, fuel, and clothes. The second, that they have means of moral and intellectual education.


Education is the leading of human souls to what is best, and making what is best out of them.

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Every increased possession loads us with a new weariness.


A thing is worth what it can do for you, not what you choose to pay for it.

  • value

There is no wealth but life.

  • life

The common practice of keeping up appearances with society is a mere selfish struggle of the vain with the vain.




Say all you have to say in the fewest possible words, or your reader will be sure to skip them; and in the plainest possible words or he will certainly misunderstand them.


Books are divided into two classes, the books of the hour and the books of all time.

  • reading

The last act crowns the play.


Skill is the unified force of experience, intellect and passion in their operation.


Whether for life or death, do your own work well.


It is advisable that a person know at least three things, where they are, where they are going, and what they had best do under the circumstances.

  • life

Your labor only may be sold, your soul must not.


No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.


The anger of a person who is strong, can always bide its time.


One who does not know when to die, does not know how to live.


It is not how much one makes but to what purpose one spends.

  • money

What is the cheapest to you now is likely to be the dearest to you in the end.

  • quality

An unimaginative person can neither be reverent or kind.


Give little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.


No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.

  • architecture

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

  • weather

Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.


No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.


If a great thing can be done, it can be done easily, but this ease is like the ease of a tree blossoming after long years of gathering strength.


Every great man is always being helped by everybody; for his gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.


No great intellectual thing was ever done by great effort.

  • ability

It is his restraint that is honorable to a person, not their liberty.


The essence of lying is in deception, not in words.


To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

  • poetry

The higher a man stands, the more the word vulgar becomes unintelligible to him.


It is excellent discipline for an author to feel that he must say all that he has to say in the fewest possible words, or his readers is sure to skip them.

  • authors

Of all God's gifts to the sighted man, color is holiest, the most divine, the most solemn.

  • color

Imaginary evils soon become real one by indulging our reflections on them.

  • imagination

They are good furniture pictures, unworthy of praise, and undeserving of blame.


It is far more difficult to be simple than to be complicated; far more difficult to sacrifice skill and easy execution in the proper place, than to expand both indiscriminately.


Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort.


The sky is the part of creation in which nature has done for the sake of pleasing man.

  • nature

Once thoroughly our own knowledge ceases to give us pleasure.


The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

  • imagination

Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close.


The secret of language is the secret of sympathy and its full charm is possible only to the gentle.


Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future.


Be sure that you go to the author to get at his meaning, not to find yours.

  • reading

The beginning and almost the end of all good law is that everyone shall work for their bread and receive good bread for their work.

  • charity

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art, because to us it is false and visionary, was, to the makers of it, true and existent.

  • art

Large fortunes are all founded either on the occupation of land, or lending or the taxation of labor.


People cannot live by lending money to one another.


They are the weakest-minded and the hardest-hearted men that most love change.


No good work whatever can be perfect, and the demand for perfection is always a sign of a misunderstanding of the ends of art.


A great thing can only be done by a great person; and they do it without effort.


The child who desires education will be bettered by it; the child who dislikes it disgraced.

  • education

Civilization is the making of civil persons.


Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel.


It does not matter what the whip is; it is none the less a whip, because you have cut thongs for it out of your own souls.


All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hours, and the books of all Time.


The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions.


The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.

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Fit yourself for the best society, and then, never enter it.


Every great person is always being helped by everybody; for their gift is to get good out of all things and all persons.

  • all

What right have you to take the word wealth, which originally meant well-being, and degrade and narrow it by confining it to certain sorts of material objects measured by money.


Man's only true happiness is to live in hope of something to be won by him. Reverence something to be worshipped by him, and love something to be cherished by him, forever.


I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility.


Life without industry is guilt. Industry without Art is Brutality.


No good is ever done to society by the pictorial representation of its diseases.


Modern education has devoted itself to the teaching of impudence, and then we complain that we can no longer control our mobs.

  • education

The root of almost every schism and heresy from which the Christian Church has suffered, has been because of the effort of men to earn, rather than receive their salvation; and the reason preaching is so commonly ineffective is, that it often calls on people to work for God rather than letting God work through them.

  • religion

Some slaves are scoured to their work by whips, others by their restlessness and ambition.

  • slavery

The distinguishing sign of slavery is to have a price, and to be bought for it.

  • slavery

The principle of all successful effort is to try to do not what is absolutely the best, but what is easily within our power, and suited for our temperament and condition.

  • ability

How long most people would look at the best book before they would give the price of a large turbot for it?

  • reading

Spiritual power begins by directing animal power to other than egoistic ends.


You cannot get anything out of nature or from God by gambling; only out of your neighbor.


To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also.


I have seen, and heard, much of Cockney impudence before now; but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint in the public's face.

  • art

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.

  • happy

An architect should live as little in cities as a painter. Send him to our hills, and let him study there what nature understands by a buttress, and what by a dome.

  • architecture

Taste is the only morality. Tell me what you like and I'll tell you what you are.


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.


Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning.

  • work

God has lent us the earth for our life; it is a great entail. It belongs as much to those who are to come after us, and whose names are already written in the book of creation, as to us; and we have no right, by anything that we do or neglect, to involve them in unnecessary penalties, or deprive them of benefits which it was in our power to bequeath.


No one can become rich by the efforts of only their toil, but only by the discovery of some method of taxing the labor of others.


You may chisel a boy into shape, as you would a rock, or hammer him into it, if he be of a better kind, as you would a piece of bronze. But you cannot hammer a girl into anything. She grows as a flower does.

  • children

It seems a fantastic paradox, but it is nevertheless a most important truth, that no architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect.

  • architecture

Success by the laws of competition signifies a victory over others by obtaining the direction and profits of their work. This is the real source of all great riches.

  • wealth

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts -- the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.

  • art

We may live without her, and worship without her, but we cannot remember without her. How cold is all history, how lifeless all imagery, compared to that which the living nation writes, and the uncorrupted marble bears!

  • architecture

It is in this power of saying everything, and yet saying nothing too plainly, that the perfection of art consists.

  • art

Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts, the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art. Not one of these books can be understood unless we read the two others, but of the three the only trustworthy one is the last.


I believe the right question to ask, respecting all ornament, is simply this; was it done with enjoyment, was the carver happy while he was about it?


To use books rightly, is to go to them for help; to appeal to them when our own knowledge and power fail; to be led by them into wider sight and purer conception than our own, and to receive from them the united sentence of the judges and councils of all time, against our solitary and unstable opinions.

  • reading

Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.

  • children

There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.

  • weather

Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.

  • art

To watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough or spade; to read, to think, to love, to pray, are the things that make men happy.


The art which we may call generally art of the wayside, as opposed to that which is the business of men's lives, is, in the best sense of the word, Grotesque.

  • art

Punishment is the last and the least effective instrument in the hands of the legislator for the prevention of crime.


We have seen when the earth had to be prepared for the habitation of man, a veil, as it were, of intermediate being was spread between him and its darkness, in which were joined in a subdued measure, the stability and insensibility of the earth, and the passion and perishing of mankind.


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.

  • architecture

In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.

  • children

That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings.

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Cursing is invoking the assistance of a spirit to help you inflict suffering. Swearing on the other hand, is invoking, only the witness of a spirit to an statement you wish to make.


What do we, as a nation, care about books? How much do you think we spend altogether on our libraries, public or private, as compared with what we spend on our horses?


In health of mind and body, men should see with their own eyes, hear and speak without trumpets, walk on their feet, not on wheels, and work and war with their arms, not with engine-beams, nor rifles warranted to kill twenty men at a shot before you can see them.


Not only is there but one way of doing things rightly, but there is only one way of seeing them, and that is, seeing the whole of them.


Do not think of your faults, still less of other's faults; look for what is good and strong, and try to imitate it. Your faults will drop off, like dead leaves, when their time comes.


Obey something, and you will have a chance to learn what is best to obey. But if you begin by obeying nothing, you will end by obeying the devil and all his invited friends.


Beauty deprived of its proper foils and adjuncts ceases to be enjoyed as beauty, just as light deprived of all shadows ceases to be enjoyed as light.

  • beauty

Along the iron veins that traverse the frame of our country, beat and flow the fiery pulses of its exertion, hotter and faster every hour. All vitality is concentrated through those throbbing arteries into the central cities; the country is passed over like a green sea by narrow bridges, and we are thrown back in continually closer crowds on the city gates.


Cookery means…English thoroughness, French art, and Arabian hospitality; it means the knowledge of all fruits and herbs and balms and spices; it means carefulness, inventiveness, and watchfulness.


No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.


There are no such things as Flowers there are only gladdened Leaves.


In old times men used their powers of painting to show the objects of faith, in later times they use the objects of faith to show their powers of painting.

  • art

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.


Let every dawn of the morning be to you as the beginning of life. And let every setting of the sun be to you as its close. Then let everyone of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others; some good strength of knowledge gained for yourself.


One of the prevailing sources of misery and crime is in the generally accepted assumption, that because things have been wrong a long time, it is impossible they will ever be right.

  • change

All great and beautiful work has come of first gazing without shrinking into the darkness.

  • work

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

  • books

All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.

  • work

Mountains are to the rest of the body of the earth, what violent muscular action is to the body of man. The muscles and tendons of its anatomy are, in the mountain, brought out with force and convulsive energy, full of expression, passion, and strength.

  • nature

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.


The highest reward for a person's toil is not what they get from it, but what they become by it


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