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Sesame and Lilies

John Ruskin

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This revised and enlarged edition is comprised of two prefaces and three lectures. The Preface-Last Edition is the preface to the earlier edition and references the Alps. The two lectures, “Of Kings’ Treasuries” and “Of Queens' Gardens,” appeared alone in the first editions and last editions. They were withdrawn from later editions, "not as irrelevant but as following the subject too far, and disturbing the simplicity in which the original lectures dwell on their several themes, -the majesty of the influence of good books, and of good women; if we know how to read them and how to honor."*

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .what is to be charged against the false claimants of episcopate; or generally, against false claimants of power and rank in the body of the clergy; they who, "for their bellies' sake, creep, and intrude, and climb into the fold."

Never think Milton uses those three words to fill up his verse, as a loose writer would. He needs all the three;—especially those three, and no more than those—"creep," and "intrude," and "climb;" no other words would or could serve the turn, and no more could be added. For they exhaustively comprehend the three classes, correspondent to the three characters, of men who dishonestly seek ecclesiastical power. First, those who "CREEP" into the fold; who do not care for office, nor name, but for secret influence, and do all things occultly and cunningly, consenting to any servility of office or conduct, so only that they may intimately discern, and unawares direct, the minds of men. Then those who "intrude" (th. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Lecture 1: Sesame
The author has something to say which he perceives to be true and useful, or helpfully beautiful. So far as he knows, no one has yet said it; so far as he knows, no one else can say it. He is bound to say it, clearly and melodiously if he may; clearly at all events. In the sum of hi

Normalde sadece ilk bölümü okumuş olsam 5 yıldız vereceğim kitaba kadınların nasıl olması gerektiğiyle ilgili Zambak bölümü sebebiyle 3 yıldızı zor veriyorum.

Bugünün bakış açısıyla geçmişi değerlendirmek doğru değil biliyorum ama, kadın bir dili ya da bilimi kocasının o bilime hakim olunca aldığı ze

For all books can be divided into two classes: books of the moment and books for all times. Note this distinction: it is not one of quality only. It is not only the bad book that does not last, and the good one that does. It is a distinction of types. There are good books of the moment and good b

I was disappointed in this book. In my idle moments, I had savored the idea of reading it for many years. But now that I have finished it, I find it to be much less than I hoped it would be.

I admire Ruskin, both for his prose style and for the forthright moral views he expresses in this aesthetic cr

This book was a gift from a Charlotte Mason friend. Charlotte often quoted Ruskin. On my recent trip to England I was able to see Ruskin's school in Oxford and got quite close to visiting his house in the lake district, but alas my legs were too short.

This book careens wildly between being a bombas

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