Quotation by John Ruskin

Along the iron veins that traverse the frame of our country, beat and flow the fiery pulses of its exertion, hotter and faster every hour. All vitality is concentrated through those throbbing arteries into the central cities; the country is passed over like a green sea by narrow bridges, and we are thrown back in continually closer crowds on the city gates.
John Ruskin (1819–1900), British art critic, author. "The Lamp of Memory," sct. 20, The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1849).
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