Ruskin on penguins

Ruskin <3s penguins

Today's bit of obscure art trivia comes from the wonderful twitter feed for British quiz show QI, hosted by erudite wit Stephen Fry. Meditating on the cheer inducing qualities of the penguin, the show's research elves shared this golden nugget of a quote from legendary 19th-century art critic John Ruskin: "I find Penguins at present the only comfort in life. One feels everything in the world so sympathetically ridiculous; one can’t be angry when one looks at a Penguin." So true, John, so true.

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