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"We require from buildings two kinds of goodness: first, the doing their practical duty well: then that they be graceful and pleasing in doing it."

"Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together."

"There is no wealth but life."

"Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather."

"Let every dawn be to you as the beginning of life, and every setting sun be to you as its close."

"He is the greatest artist who has embodied, in the sum of his works, the greatest number of the greatest ideas."

"Endurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty."

"As a camel beareth labor, and heat, and hunger, and thirst, through deserts of sand, and fainteth not; so the fortitude of a man shall sustain him through all perils."

"I believe the first test of a truly great man is in his humility."

"Be humble as the blade of grass that is being trodden underneath the feet. The little ant tastes joyously the sweetness of honey and sugar. The mighty elephant trembles in pain under the agony of sharp goad."

"Modern travelling is not travelling at all; it is merely being sent to a place, and very little different from becoming a parcel."

"Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you."

"The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one."

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

"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."

"When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece."

"Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance."

"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort."

"In order that people may be happy in their work, these three things are needed: They must be fit for it. They must not do too much of it. And they must have a sense of success in it."

"To give alms is nothing unless you give thought also."

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