No architecture is so haughty as that which is simple.
Men cannot not live by exchanging articles, but producing them. They live by work not trade.
Men don't and can't live by exchanging articles, but by producing them. They don't live by trade, but by work. Give up that foolish and vain title of Trades Unions; and take that of laborers Unions.
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.
The first duty of a state is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed and educated till it attains years of discretion.
Great nations write their autobiographies in three manuscripts - the book of their deeds, the book of their words and the book of their art.
There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.
Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.
Nothing is ever done beautifully which is done in rivalship: or nobly, which is done in pride.
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.
No person who is well bred, kind and modest is ever offensively plain; all real deformity means want for manners or of heart.
A book worth reading is worth buying.
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?
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.
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.
There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
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.
All great art is the work of the whole living creature, body and soul, and chiefly of the soul.
The purest and most thoughtful minds are those which love colour the most.
Natural abilities can almost compensate for the want of every kind of cultivation, but no cultivation of the mind can make up for the want of natural abilities.