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


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: