There is no wealth but life.
George Landow put it, "to grant the individual workman the position, independence, and pleasures of the Romantic artist." Only then would the degradation seeping from factories and mills cease to corrupt society; only then could we have good government; only then could our art reclaim the glory that Ruskin found in Gothic churches and palaces. These ideas had a huge influence across Europe but especially in Britain; one journalist who polled Labor members of Parliament in the 1920s found that many more cited Ruskin as an influence than Marx.
You talk of the scythe of Time, and the tooth of Time: I tell you, Time is scytheless and toothless; it is we who gnaw like the worm — we who smite like the scythe. It is ourselves who abolish — ourselves who consume: we are the mildew, and the flame.