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Frondes Agrestes

Readings in 'Modern Painters'

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Author: John Ruskin
Published: 1874
Language: English
Wordcount: 36,590 / 110 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 52.5
LoC Category: NX
Downloads: 597
Added to site: 2010.01.23
mnybks.net#: 26419
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: Essays, Art
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o far as is possible, such power as this, and then say whether the art which conferred it is to be spoken lightly of, or whether we should not rather reverence, as half-divine, a gift which would go so far as to raise us into the rank, and invest us with the felicities, of angels.[7]

[7] Passage written in opposition to the vulgar notion that the 'mere imitation' of Nature is easy, and useless.

11. I believe the first test of a truly great man is his humility. I do not mean by humility, doubt of his own power, or hesitation of speaking his opinions; but a right understanding of the relation between what he can do and say, and the rest of the world's sayings and doings. All great men not only know their business, but usually know that they know it; and are not only right in their main opinions, but they usually know that they are right in them; only they do not think much of themselves on that account. Arnolfo knows he can build a good dome at Florence; Albert Durer writes calmly to one

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