Morris Motivates

It took me years to understand that words are often as important as experience, because words make experience last.” William Morris

William Morris, born on 24 March in 1834, was truly a Renaissance man. He was a poet, artists, textile designer, novelist, architectural conservationist, printer, translator and socialist activist. As a writer, he contributed to establishing the modern fantasy genre. A gathering of his words of wisdom to light our way today:

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

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

“It is the childlike part of us that produces works of the imagination. When we were children time passed so slow with us that we seemed to have time for everything.”

“Simplicity of life, even the barest, is not a misery, but the very foundation of refinement.”

“The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.”

“History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created.”

“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.”

“It is right and necessary that all 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 nor over anxious.”

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

“If a chap can’t compose an epic poem while he’s weaving tapestry, he had better shut up, he’ll never do any good at all.”

“No man is good enough to be another’s master.”

“Not on one strand are all life’s jewels strung.”

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

“Give me work and love—these two only.”

“Let some word reach my ears and touch my heart.”

May these words give your own words wings as we all write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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