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William Morris
(1834-1896) born on
Mar 24
English craftsman, poet. He was noted for his wallpaper and tapestry designs, and wrote "The Life and Death of Jason," 1862.
         
   
F
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

R
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.
A
Art is man's expression of his joy in labour.
N
This land is a little land; too much shut up within the narrow seas, as it seems, to have much space for swelling into hugeness. . .
K
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 . . .
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: The Beauty of Life
R: The Earthly Paradise, `An Apology'
A: "Art under Plutocracy," 1883; repr. in "Collected Works of William Morris," vol. 23, 1910-15.
N: Hopes and Fears for Art, "The Lesser Arts" (1882; repr. in Collected Works, vol. 22). "Some people praise this homeliness overmuch," Morris added.
K: "Art under Plutocracy," 1883.
   


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