John Ruskin (1819-1900), was the primary English art critic of the Victorian era. He also wrote on a great variety of subjects in equally varied styles and forms including essays, lectures, poetry, manuals, and travel guides. He even wrote a fairy tale. Here’s what he had to say about reading, writing, books, and art.

“A book worth reading, is worth buying.”

“Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.”

“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.”

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

  1. PassAire@aol.com says:

    Interesting advice.


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