An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Stands the Church clock at ten to three? And is there honey still for tea?


Rupert Brooke (1887-1915, British poet)


I love art, and I love history, but it is living art and living history that I love. It is in the interest of living art and living history that I oppose so-called restoration. What history can there be in a building bedaubed with ornament, which cannot at the best be anything but a hopeless and lifeless imitation of the hope and vigor of the earlier world?


William Morris (1834-1896, British artist, writer, printer)


It is impossible, as impossible as to raise the dead, to restore anything that has ever been great or beautiful in architecture. That which I have... insisted upon as the life of the whole, that spirit which is given only by the hand and eye of the workman, can never be recalled.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


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