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English writer, art critic and social reformer
(1819 - 1900)
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That treacherous phantom which men call Liberty.
      - Seven Lamps of Architecture
         (ch. VIII, sect. XXI) [Liberty]

It was stated, . . . that the value of architecture depended on two distinct characters:--the one, the impression it receives from human power; the other, the image it bears of the natural creation.
      - Seven Lamps of Architecture--The Lamp of Beauty

Better the rudest work that tells a story or records a fact, than the richest without meaning. There should not be a single ornament put upon great civic buildings, without some intellectual intention.
      - Seven Lamps of Architecture--The Lamp of Memory

I would have, then, our ordinary dwelling-houses built to last, and built to be lovely; as rich and full of pleasantness as may be within and without: . . . with such differences as might suit and express each man's character and occupation, and partly his history.
      - Seven Lamps of Architecture--The Lamp of Memory

Therefore when we build, let us think that we build (public edifices) forever. Let us not be for present delight, nor for present use alone, let it be for such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! this our fathers did for us."
      - Seven Lamps of Architecture--The Lamp of Memory

Humanity and Immortality consist neither in reason, nor in love; not in the body, nor in the animation of the heart of it, nor in the thoughts and stirrings of the brain of it;--but in the dedication of them all to Him who will raise them up at the last day.
      - Stones of Venice (vol. I, ch. II)

Multitudes think they like to do evil; yet no man ever really enjoyed doing evil since God made the world.
      - Stones of Venice (vol. I, ch. II) [Evil]

You were made for enjoyment, and the world was filled with things which you will enjoy, unless you are too proud to be pleased by them, or too grasping to care for what you cannot turn to other account than mere delight.
      - Stones of Venice (vol. I, ch. II)

People are always expecting to get peace in heaven; but you know whatever peace they get there will be ready-made. Whatever making of peace they can be blest for, must be on the earth here.
      - The Eagle's Nest (lecture IX) [Peace]

Once on a time, the wight Stupidity
  For his throne trembled,
    When he discovered in the brains of men
      Something like thoughts assembled,
        And so he searched for a plausible plan
          One of validity,--
            And racked his brains, if rack his brains he can
              None having, or a very few!
                At last he hit upon a way
                  For putting to rout,
                    And driving out
                      From our dull clay
                        These same intruders new--
                          This Sense, these Thoughts, these Speculative ills--
                            What could he do? He introduced quadrilles.
      - The Invention of Quadrilles [Dancing]

October's foliage yellows with his cold.
      - The Months [October]

There is nothing so small but that we may honor God by asking His guidance of it, or insult Him by taking it into our own hands; and what is true of the Deity is equally true of His revelation.
      - The Seven Lamps of Architecture
        [God : Self-righteousness]

Greater completion marks the progress of art, absolute completion usually its decline.
      - The Seven Lamps of Architecture
         (ch. IV, pt. XXX, The Lamp of Beauty)

We require from buildings, as from men, two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it; which last is itself another form of duty.
      - The Stones of Venice (vol. I, ch. II)

If it is the love of that which your work represents--if, being a landscape painter, it is love of hills and trees that moves you--if, being a figure painter, it is love of human beauty, and human soul that moves you--if, being a flower or animal painter, it is love, and wonder, and delight in petal and in limb that move you, then the Spirit is upon you, and the earth is yours, and the fullness thereof.
      - The Two Paths (lect. I) [Painting]

No human being, however great, or powerful, was ever so free as a fish.
      - The Two Paths (lecture 5) [Fish]

In general, pride is at the bottom of all great mistakes.
      - True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Conception of God
         (p. 426) [Pride]

Conceit may puff a man up, but never prop him up.
      - True and Beautiful--Morals and Religion--Function of the Artist

Mountains are the beginning and the end of all natural scenery.
      - True and Beautiful--Nature--Mountains
         (p. 91) [Mountains]

Painting with all its technicalities, difficulties, and peculiar ends, is nothing but a noble and expressive language, invaluable as the vehicle of thought, but by itself nothing.
      - True and Beautiful--Painting
         (introduction) [Painting]

Architecture is the work of nations.
      - True and Beautiful--Sculpture

No person who is not a great sculptor or painter, can be an architect. If he is not a sculptor or painter, he can only be a builder.
      - True and Beautiful--Sculpture

Ornamentation is the principal part of architecture, considered as a subject of fine art.
      - True and Beautiful--Sculpture

Trust thou thy Love: if she be proud, is she not sweet?
  Trust thou thy love: if she be mute, is she not pure?
    Lay thou thy soul full in her hands, low at her feet--
      Fail, Sun and Breath!--yet, for thy peace, she shall endure.
      - Trust Thou Thy Love [Love]

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