The Builders

A Story and Study of Masonry

Published: 1914
Language: English
Wordcount: 71,880 / 220 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.4
LoC Category: D
Downloads: 1,080
Added to site: 2006.08.16
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Genre: History
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lds that there is no such thing as liberty, and never can be. The stars have it not; the earth has it not; the sea has it not. Man fancies that he has freedom, but if he would use the word Loyalty instead of Liberty, he would be nearer the truth, since it is by obedience to the laws of life and truth and beauty that he attains to what he calls liberty.

Throughout that brilliant essay, Ruskin shows how the violation of moral laws spoils the beauty of architecture, mars its usefulness, and makes it unstable. He points out, with all the variations of emphasis, illustration, and appeal, that beauty is what is imitated from natural forms, consciously or unconsciously, and that what is not so derived, but depends for its dignity upon arrangement received from the human mind, expresses, while it reveals, the quality of the mind, whether it be noble or ignoble. Thus:

/#[4,66] All building, therefore, shows man either as gathering or governing; and the secrets of his success are his knowing what to gathe

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