William Morris

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William Morris

William Morris

The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Give me love and work - these two only.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; Art has remembered the people, because they created.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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; and if I were further asked to name the production next in importance and the thing next to be longed for; I should answer; A beautiful Book. To enjoy good houses and good books in self-respect and decent comfort, seems to me to be the pleasurable end towards which all societies of human beings ought now to struggle.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I do not want art for a few, any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
One man with an idea in his head is in danger of being considered a madman: two men with the same idea in common may be foolish, but can hardly be mad; ten men sharing an idea begin to act, a hundred draw attention as fanatics, a thousand and society begins to tremble, a hundred thousand and there is war abroad, and the cause has victories tangible and real; and why only a hundred thousand? Why not a hundred million and peace upon the earth? You and I who agree together, it is we who have to answer that question.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Had she come all the way for this, / To part at last without a kiss?More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It took me years to understand that words are often as important as experience, because words make experience last.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When a writer knows home in his heart, his heart must remain subtly apart from it. He must always be a stranger to the place he loves, and its people.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
His claim to his home is deep, but there are too many ghosts. He must absorb without being absorbed.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men fight and lose the battle, and the thing that they fought for comes about in spite of defeat, and when it comes it turns out not to be what they meant, and other men have to fight for what they meant under another name.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
When he understands, as few others do, something of his home that is funny, or sad, or tragic, or cruel, or beautiful, or true, he knows he must do so as a stranger.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Dreamer of dreams, born out of my due time, / Why should I strive to set the crooked straight? / Let it suffice me that my murmuring rhyme / Beats with light wing against the ivory gate, / Telling a tale not too importunate.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I love art, and I love history, but it is living art and living history that I love. It is in the interest of living art and living history that I oppose so-called restoration. What history can there be in a building bedaubed with ornament, which cannot at the best be anything but a hopeless and lifeless imitation of the hope and vigor of the earlier world?More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
He did not die in the night, / He did not die in the day, / But in the morning twilight / His spirit passed away.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I hope that we shall have leisure from war, -- war commercial, as well as war of the bullet and the bayonet; leisure from the knowledge that darkens counsel; leisure above all from the greed of money, and the craving for that overwhelming distinction that money now brings: I believe that, as we have even now partly achieved liberty , so we shall achieve equality , and best of all, fraternity , and so have leisure from poverty and all its griping, sordid cares.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If we feel the least degradation in being amorous, or merry or hungry, or sleepy, we are so far bad animals & miserable men.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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?More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Of rich men it telleth, and strange is the story how they have, and they hanker, and grip far and wide; And they live and they die, and the earth and its glory has been but a burden they scarce might abide.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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. Not only his own thoughts, but the thoughts of the men of past ages guide his hands; and, as part of the human race, he creates. If we work thus we shall be men, and our days will be happy and eventful.More William Morris [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If you cannot learn to love real art at least learn to hate sham art.More William Morris [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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