William Morris

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The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life.

The reward of labour is life. Is that not enough?

I do not want art for a few any more than education for a few, or freedom for a few.

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.

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.

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.

No man is good enough to be another's master.


Born 1834, Walthamstow, died 1896, he was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. He was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production.

Morris was an artist with great vision - he was very involved with the "Arts and Crafts" movement - the design and the improvement of the appearance and functionality of the everyday - fabrics, wallpapers, buildings.



http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/ WM gallery in Walthamstow

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/anarchy-beauty-william-morris-and-his-legacy-1860-1960/home.php includes a nice video

https://www.william-morris.co.uk/?act=ssocomplete#secondPage original Wm Morris Co