William Morris on work

William Morris

“Worthy work carries with it the hope of pleasure in rest, the hope of the pleasure in our using what it makes, and the hope of pleasure in our daily creative skill.
All other work but this is worthless; it is slaves’ work — mere toiling to live, that we may live to toil.”

Snakeshead printed cotton designed by William ...

“It is right and necessary that all men should have work to do which shall be worth doing, and be of itself pleasant to do; and which should be done under such conditions as would make it neither over-wearisome or over-anxious. Turn that claim about as I may…I cannot find that it is an exorbitant claim; yet…if Society would or could admit it, the face of the world would be changed.”

Detail of Woodpecker tapestry designed by Will...

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

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