The Nature of Work

John Ruskin

John Ruskin, British Art Critic, 1819-1900

“Life can be a labour of greed or a labour of love. Nature shows us that if we compete with others our gain is at their expense, but that if we co-operate, we can benefit each other. This is the Law of Help. We all need to help each other, because sometimes we are weak, and sometimes we are strong, sometimes our efforts are rewarded by success, sometimes by failure. This variegation in each of us reflects our personality and is the most precious form of beauty revealed in the daily work of our hands and minds.”

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