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William Morris

William Morris by Frederick Hollyer, 1887
Born (1834-03-24)24 March 1834
Walthamstow, Essex, England
Died 3 October 1896(1896-10-03) (aged 62)
Hammersmith, Middlesex, England
Occupation Artist, designer, writer, socialist
Known for Wallpaper and textile design, fantasy fiction / medievalism, socialism
Notable work News from Nowhere, The Well at the World’s End

History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.
William Morris
If you cannot learn to love real art, at least learn to hate sham art and reject it.
William Morris
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.
William Morris
I pondered all these things, and how men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of their defeat, and when it comes turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.
William Morris
No man is good enough to be another's master.
It took me years to understand that words are often as important as experience, because words make experience last.
William Morris
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.
William Morris
The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough?
The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.
William Morris
I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.
William Morris
Give me love and work - these two only.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
William Morris
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.
William Morris
Not on one strand are all life's jewels strung.