Although Thomas Carlyle and John Ruskin were very different from one another, the two men shared a long and influential relationship that greatly influenced the work of Ruskin. What began as a friendship eventually became one of a master and a disciple, even that of a father and a son. Ruskin himself admits the deep influence Carlyle had on his writing and thinking and even asserted that where his writing extended beyond Carlyle, he was merely acting as a disciple trying to make his master's teachings a practical reality. Without this relationship, it is likely that Ruskin would have been an extremely different writer.
Kegel, Charles H.
"Carlyle and Ruskin: An Influential Friendship,"
BYU Studies Quarterly: Vol. 5
, Article 9.
Available at: http://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/byusq/vol5/iss3/9