Friday, April 10, 2009

Quote of the Day: John Ruskin


What we think or what we know, or what we believe,
is in the end of little consequence.
The only consequence is what we do.

John Ruskin

4 comments:

Richard said...

I take it he's not in New Labour or the Democrat Party then.

niconoclast said...

Without thinking there can be no doing.Ruskin was a Commie jerk.

Chris Paul said...

Commie jerk is a bit rough ... but thinking, knowing and believing being verbs or gerunds anyway are all doing too.

davidtbreaker said...

I think the point isn't doing rather than thinking, but doing and thinking rather than just thinking but then doing nothing. A bit like in Kipling's "If"...

If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

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