20: Direction

This, on my carrel wall. Just saw it again. A re-minder. Something important to put back into the mind. From The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849):

Know what you have to do and do it. [This is] the great principle of success in every direction of human effort.

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3 Responses to 20: Direction

  1. Thanks Jim very very good timing I am just back from the companions weekend at Bewdley and with such a wealth of inspiration and hopefullness about the health and vigour of Ruskin’s legacy it is really a reminder that I need to know what I need to do as opposed to it would be good if.  So I am going to do!

  2. Mike Humphreys says:

    Jim – yes, I love that quote too. Also, for all of us who’ve been engaged in education one way or another. – I love this perceptive comment by JR – (Education Ministers take note!!) “You do not educate a man by telling him what he knew not, but by making him what he was not.” NB ‘making’ here would not mean any kind of forcing, it would simply be a moral and ethical shaping over time in order to understand, appreciate & take to heart the Golden Rule – something which should run parallel with all subjects learned so that one becomes an entirely useful, responsible person.
    That is ‘all-round’ education!

    Best to you,
    Mike Humphreys

    • jimspates says:

      Lovely comments from both Mike and Annie to this equally lovely JR quote. Note that Mike offers another JR quote in the same vein. More on this to come in a new post.

      Thanks to both of you!


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