Ruskin, Poetry of Architecture
This architectural book is more John Ruskin’s personal opinions on what constitutes beautiful architecture, then a description of various architectural styles.
“It is pleasant enough to have a pretty little bit visible from the bedrooms; but after all, it only makes gentlemen cut themselves in shaving … dinner is always uncomfortable by daylight … in the library, people should have something else to do, than looking out of the windows … but the breakfast room, where we meet the first light of the dewy day, the first breath of the morning air, the first glance of gentle eyes; to which we descend in the very spring and elasticity of mental renovation and bodily energy, in the gathering up of our spirit for the new day, in the flush of our awakening from the darkness and the mystery of faint and inactive dreaming, in the resurrection from our daily grave, in the first tremulous sensation of the beauty of our being, in the most glorious perception of the lightning of our life; there indeed, our expatiation of spirit, when it meets the pulse of outward sound and joy, the voice of bird and breeze and billow, does demand some power of liberty, some space for its going forth into the morning, some freedom of intercourse with the lovely and limitless energy of creature and creation.”
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