Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

— William Morris

The most provocative William Morris quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you

I am going your way, so let us go hand in hand.

You help me and I'll help you. We shall not be here very long ... so let us help one another while we may.

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There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.

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So long as the system of competition in the production and exchange of the means of life goes on, the degradation of the arts will go on; and if that system is to last for ever, then art is doomed, and will surely die; that is to say, civilization will die.

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Speak not, move not, but listen, the sky is full of gold.

No ripple on the river, no stir in field or fold, All gleams but naught doth glisten, but the far-off unseen sea. Forget days past, heart broken, put all memory by! No grief on the green hillside, no pity in the sky, Joy that may not be spoken fills mead and flower and tree.

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Nothing should be made by man's labour which is not worth making, or which must be made by labour degrading to the makers.

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I have said as much as that the aim of art was to destroy the curse of labour by making work the pleasurable satisfaction of our impulse towards energy, and giving to that energy hope of producing something worth its exercise.

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Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.

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No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.

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A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works.

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Artists cannot help themselves; they are driven to create by their nature, but for that nature to truly thrive, we need to preserve the precious habitat in which that beauty can flourish.

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You may hang your walls with tapestry insread of whitewash or paper;

or you may cover them with mosaic; or have them frescoed by a great painter: all this is not luxury, if it be done for beauty's sake, and not for show: it does not break our golden rule: Have nothing in your houses which you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

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What is an artist but a workman who is determined that, whatever else happens, his work shall be excellent?

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About William Morris

Quotes 78 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Designer
Birthday 24 March 1834

Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.

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With the arrogance of youth, I determined to do no less than to transform the world with Beauty. If I have succeeded in some small way, if only in one small corner of the world, amongst the men and women I love, then I shall count myself blessed, and blessed, and blessed, and the work goes on.

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The wind is not helpless for any man's need, Nor falleth the rain but for thistle and weed.

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Do not be afraid of large patterns, if properly designed they are more restful to the eye than small ones: on the whole, a pattern where the structure is large and the details much broken up is the most useful...very small rooms, as well as very large ones, look better ornamented with large patterns.

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My work is the embodiment of dreams in one form or another.

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So with this Earthly Paradise it is, If ye will read aright, and pardon me, Who strive to build a shadowy isle of bliss Midmost the beating of the steely sea.

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A good way to rid one's self of a sense of discomfort is to do something.

That uneasy, dissatisfied feeling is actual force vibrating out of order; it may be turned to practical account by giving proper expression to its creative character.

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...If our houses, or clothes, our household furniture and utensils are not works of art, they are either wretched makeshifts, or, what is worse, degrading shams of better things.

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That talk of inspiration is sheer nonsense;

there is no such thing. It is a mere matter of craftsmanship.

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If i were asked to say what is at once the most important production of Art and the thing most to be longed for, I should answer, A beautiful House.

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We are only the trustees for those who come after us.

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O thrush, your song is passing sweet, But never a song that you have sung Is half so sweet as thrushes sang When my dear love and I were young.

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Don't think too much of style.

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Late February days; and now, at last, Might you have thought that Winter's woe was past; So fair the sky was and so soft the air.

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If we feel the least degradation in being amorous, or merry or hungry, or sleepy, we are so far bad animals & miserable men.

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I know a little garden close Set thick with lily and red rose, Where I would wander if I might From dewy dawn to dewy night. And have one with me wandering.

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If a chap can't compose an epic poem while he's weaving tapestry, he had better shut up, he'll never do any good at all.

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Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.

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As to the garden, it seems to me its chief fruit is-blackbirds.

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It is the childlike part of us that produces works of the imagination.

When we were children time passed so slow with us that we seemed to have time for everything.

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Ornamental pattern work, to be raised above the contempt of reasonable men, must possess three qualities: beauty, imagination and order.

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Large or small, [the garden] should be orderly and rich.

It should be well fenced from the outside world. It should by no means imitate either the willfulness or the wildness of nature, but should look like a thing never to be seen except near the house. It should, in fact, look like part of the house.

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Forsooth, brethren, fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell;

fellowship is life and lack of fellowship is death; and the deeds that ye do upon the earth, it is for fellowship's sake that ye do them.

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Free men must live simple lives and have simple pleasures.

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Apart from the desire to produce beautiful things, the leading passion of my life has been and is hatred of modern civilization.

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Between complete socialism and communism there is no difference whatever in my mind.Communism is in fact the completion of socialism; when that ceases to be militant and becomes triumphant, it will be communism.

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All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer.

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I think the thing that impressed me is (AT&T CEO Michael) Armstrong's strategic vision and the fact that he's got John Malone (TCI's chairman) to go along. There's a real commitment to build a new AT&T.

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Slayer of the winter, art thou here again? O welcome, thou that bring'st the summer nigh! The bitter wind makes not the victory vain. Nor will we mock thee for thy faint blue sky.

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A pattern is either right or wrong...it is no stronger than its weakest point.

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It has become an article of the creed of modern morality that all labour is good in itself -- a convenient belief to those who live on the labour of others. But as to those on whom they live, I recommend them not to take it on trust, but to look into the matter a little deeper.

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If there is a reason for keeping the wall very quiet, choose a pattern that works all over without pronounced lines...Put very succinctly, architectural effect depends upon a nice balance of horizontal, vertical and oblique. No rules can say how much of each; so nothing can really take the place of feeling and good judgement.

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If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art.

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The heart desires, the hand refrains. The Godhead fires, the soul attains.

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If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.

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From out the throng and stress of lies, From out the painful noise of sighs, One voice of comfort seems to rise: "It is the meaner part that dies."

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Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement; a sanded floor and whitewashed walls and the green trees, and flowery meads, and living waters outside; or a grimy palace amid the same with a regiment of housemaids always working to smear the dirt together so that it may be unnoticed; which, think you, is the most refined, the most fit for a gentleman of those two dwellings?

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