Ruskin on Women

The path of a good woman is indeed strewn with flowers, but they rise behind her steps, not before them. – Ruskin

Photo by Natalie Krovetz 2014

Recently I shared the above quote on Facebook and had a number of people ask me what it meant. I am no English scholar but I do have an interpretation on what this quote means to me.

Firstly, I believe that this quote was written to contrast a woman who is famous / well-known and the people who bring her flowers and throw them at her feet as a gift of adoration with a truly good woman.

Secondly, the flowers rising behind a woman’s steps could be representative of the beauty, perfume and goodness a woman leaves in her wake. This woman is a giver rather than a receiver.

Thirdly, if the above is true this is the type of woman who I would like to be.


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