Ruskin - I keep coming back to Ruskin

I feel like my journey in India has some connection with Ruskin.
Here are a few excerpts from his writings (first a little bio):

John Ruskin - 1819 - 1900

He was the Prophet of the Nineteenth century. He warned against atmospheric pollution, advocated free schools and libraries, proposed the National Trust, and showed by example the benefits of fair rents and security of tenure.

He championed the Pre-Raphaelites and introduced the English public to the early Italian painters. He advocated education for the working man, and was benefactor and tutor in Working Men's Colleges. He established the Guild of St George and its museum in Sheffield, and he became the Slade Professor of Fine Art at Oxford.


"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...." Now 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 - not a doubtful sense, such as needs testimony of other people for its confirmation, but a sure sense, or rather, knowledge that so much work has been done well, and fruitfully done, whatever the world may say or think about it. So that in order that a man may be happy, it is necessary that he should not only be capable of his work, but a good judge of his work."

Pre-Raphaelitism 1851

"Let every dawn of morning be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to youas its close:- then let every one of these short lives leave its sure record of some kindly thing done for others - some goodly strength or knowledge gained for yourselves; so from day to day, and strength to strength, you shall build up indeed, by Art, by Thought, and by Just Will, an Ecclesia of England, of which it shall not be said, "See what manner of stones are here," but "See what manner of men."

Lectures on Art, 1870

"John Ruskin is one of the most remarkable men, not only of England and our time, but of all countries and all times."

Leo Tolstoy

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