William Morris

1834 - 1896

A Quote by William Morris on beauty and home

“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful and believe to be beautiful.”

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: -William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement

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A Quote by William Morris on beauty, william morris, belief, artist, and beauty of life

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

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: William Morris, artist -- from 'The Beauty of Life', 1880

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A Quote by William Morris on art, happiness, interest, lies, life, and secrets

The secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life, and in elevating them to art.

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

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A Quote by William Morris on death, life, and love

Death have we hated, knowing not what it meant; Life we have loved, through green leaf and through sere, Though still the less we knew of its intent.

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: The Earthly Paradise, L’Envoi

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by William Morris on life

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

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

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A Quote by William Morris on complaints, darkness, day, deed, fear, gold, love, wonder, and world

Love is Enough Love is enough: though the world be a-waning, And the woods have no voice but the voice of complaining, Though the skies be too dark for dim eyes to discover The gold-cups and daisies fair blooming thereunder, Though the hills be held shadows, and the sea a dark wonder, And this day draw a veil over all deeds passed over, Yet their hands shall not tremble, their feet shall not falter: The void shall not weary, the fear shall not alter These lips and these eyes of the loved and the lover.

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: Love is Enough

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A Quote by William Morris on anxiety, chance, death, earth, fear, heart, hope, life, pain, past, pleasure, and praise

April O fair mid-spring, besung so oft and oft, How can I praise thy loveliness enow? Thy sun that burns not, and thy breezes soft That o'er the blossoms of the orchard blow, The thousand things that 'neath the young leaves grow, The hopes and chances of the growing year, Winter forgotten long, and summer near. When summer brings the lily and the rose, She brings us fear-her very death she brings Hid in her anxious heart, the forge of woes; And, dull with fear, no more the mavis sings. But thou! thou diest not, but thy fresh life clings About the fainting autumn's sweet decay, When in the earth the hopeful seed they lay. Ah! life of all the year, why yet do I, Amid thy snowy blossoms' fragrant drift, Still long for that which never draweth nigh, Striving my pleasure from my pain to sift, Some weight from off my fluttering mirth to lift? - Now, when far bells are ringing "Come again, Come back, past years! why will ye pass in vain?"

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: April

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A Quote by William Morris on darkness, day, lies, life, men, and songs

In Prison Wearily, drearily, Half the day long, Flap the great banners High over the stone; Strangely and eerily Sounds the wind's song, Bending the banner-poles. While, all alone, Watching the loophole's spark, Lie I, with life all dark, Feet tethered, hands fettered Fast to the stone, The grim walls, square lettered With prisoned men's groan. Still strain the banner-poles Through the wind's song, Westward the banner rolls Over my wrong.

William Morris (1834 - 1896)

Source: Prison

Contributed by: Zaady

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