Old man Leudecke and John Ruskin seem to be kindred spirits

Old man Leudecke sings, ‘Take your heart’s candle and re light it’ and John Ruskin writes, ‘We want one man to be always thinking, and another to be always working, and we call one a gentleman, and the other an operative; whereas the workman ought often to be thinking, and the thinker often to be working, and both should be gentlemen, in the best sense. As it is, we make both ungentle, the one envying, the other despising, his brother; and the mass of society is made up of morbid thinkers and miserable workers. Now it is only by labour that thought can be made healthy, and only by thought that labour can be made happy, and the two cannot be separated with impunity.’

It’s whimsy and craft and working fervently for your heart’s purpose- and that’s just lovely– ain’t it?

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