There are three material things, not only useful, but essential to life.  No one “knows how to live” till he has got them. 

These are pure air, water, and earth. 

There are three immaterial things, not only useful, but essential to life.  No one knows how to live till he has got them also. 

These are admiration, hope and love. 

Admiration—the power of discerning and taking delight in what is beautiful in visible form and lovely in human character; and, necessarily, striving to produce what is beautiful in form and to become what is lovely in character.  

Hope—the recognition, by true foresight, of better things to be reached hereafter, whether by ourselves or others; necessarily issuing in the straightforward and undisappointable effort to advance, according to our proper power, the gaining of them. 

Love—both of family and neighbour, faithful and satisfied.

—John Ruskin.


  1. Mary Ricksen // May 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM  

    All necessary...

  2. Mary Ricksen // May 22, 2012 at 8:05 PM  
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  3. Mona Risk // May 22, 2012 at 9:43 PM  

    Very true. I wish more people recognize them.

  4. Mary Marvella // May 22, 2012 at 11:13 PM  

    Very deep and true, Toni. Lovely job with the photos, too.

  5. Garden Centre Barnsley // May 23, 2012 at 2:33 AM  

    That thing is serious! I would put it smack into the middle of my edibles garden so there would be some structure there instead of just a big odd space! Gosh, it's really beautiful.

  6. Pamela Varnado // May 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM  

    Linda, thanks for the giving my morning an inspirational lift. Your words of wisdom are so true.

  7. Nightingale // May 23, 2012 at 9:25 AM  

    Beautiful post, Toni. I'm late commenting, but I appreciate the lift to my morning.

  8. Judy // May 23, 2012 at 11:44 AM  

    Toni, what a wonderful post!!Thanks for sharing...

  9. Josie // May 27, 2012 at 5:38 PM  

    Very well-written and thoughtful post, Toni.