Quote by John Ruskin
There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.
This quote suggests that individuals who solely prioritize price while making purchasing decisions are vulnerable to being deceived or taken advantage of. It implies that there will always be someone who can produce a lower-quality or inferior product at a cheaper price, ultimately exploiting those who only focus on saving money. The author criticizes the narrow mindset of solely valuing price, cautioning people against falling victim to such tactics.
It is only a short step from exaggerating what we can find in the world to exaggerating our power to remake the world. Expecting more novelty than there is, more greatness than there is, and more strangeness than there is, we imagine ourselves masters of a plastic universe. But a world we can shape to our will is a shapeless world.