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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.
Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.

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.
Art is man's expression of his joy in labour.
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. . .
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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