Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ruskin III



"They should go to nature in all singleness of heart, and walk with her laboriously and trustingly, having no other thought but how best to penetrate her meaning; rejecting nothing, selecting nothing, and scorning nothing."

One of the things I like about Ruskin is that his is the wisdom of the quintessential Dead White European Male. The best kind.

"It may be proved, with much certainty, that God intends no man to live in this world without working: but it seems to me no less evident that He intends every man to be happy in his work. It is written, "in the sweat of thy brow," but it was never written, "in the breaking of thine heart," thou shalt eat bread...

No small misery is caused by over-worked and unhappy people, in the dark views which they necessarily take up themselves, and force upon others, of work itself. "



More on Ruskin and his Good, Beautiful and True ideas about art and life

later.

1 comment:

Louise said...

Love it!