Containing Multitudes, Arts and Crafts Style

Mostly, matters of any consequence are three-sided, or four-sided, or polygonal; and the trotting round a polygon is severe work for people any way stiff in their opinions. For myself, I am never satisfied that I have handled a subject properly till I have contradicted myself at least three times.

– John Ruskin, Inaugural Address at the Cambridge School of Art (1858)

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  1. This reminds me of Matthew Arnold’s continued injunctions against the “stock notions” of the philistine middling classes. …Your quote also reminds me that I have a biography of Ruskin on my shelf that keeps asking me for a read. – TL

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