Saturday, June 19, 2010


Fors Clavigera, VI

From John Ruskin, Fors Clavigera, VI (June 1, 1871):
When I only opine things, I hold my tongue; and work till I more than opine—until I know them. If the things prove unknowable, I, with final perseverance, hold my tongue about them, and recommend a like practice to other people. If the things prove knowable, as soon as I know them, I am ready to write about them, if need be; not till then.
It's good advice, although I'm not sure the prolific Ruskin always strictly followed it.

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