John Ruskin on existence and work

Martie 10, 2015

„We have certain work to do for our bead, and that is to be done strenuously; other work to do for our delight, and that is to be done heartily: neither is to be done by halves and shifts, but with a will; and what is not worth this effort is not to be done at all. Perhaps all that wave to do is meant for nothing more than an exercise of the heart and of the will, and is useless in itself; but, at all events, the little use it has it may be spared if it is not worth putting our hands and our strength to. …  There is dreaming enough, and earthiness enough, and sensuality enough in human existence, without our turning the few glowing moments of it into mechanism; and since our life must at the best be but a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away, let it at least appear as a cloud in the height of Heaven, not as the thick darkness that broods over the blast of the Furnace, and rolling of the Wheel.”