William Morris Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old william morris quotes, william morris sayings, and william morris proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


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.     

William Morris

Late February days; and now, at last, Might you have thought that winter's woe was past; So fair the sky was and so soft the air.     

William Morris

All rooms ought to look as if they were lived in, and to have so to say, a friendly welcome ready for the incomer.     

William Morris

No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.     

William Morris

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

William Morris

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

William Morris

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

William Morris

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

William Morris

No man is good enough to be another's master.      

William Morris

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

William Morris

No pattern should be without some sort of meaning.     

William Morris

A pattern is either right or wrong...it is no stronger than its weakest point.     

William Morris

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.     

William Morris

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

William Morris

How the wind howls this morn / About the end of May, / And drives June on apace / To mock the world forlorn / And the world's joy passed away.     

William Morris

Gold on her head, and gold on her feet / And gold where the hems of her kirtle meet / And a golden girdle round my sweet / Ah! qu'elle est belle La Marguerite.     

William Morris

If I were rich I would kiss her feet / I would kiss the place where the gold hems meet / And the golden kirtle round my sweet / Ah! qu'elle est belle La Marguerite.     

William Morris

Is not the Maytime now on earth, / When close against the city wall / The folk are singing in their mirth, / While on their heads the Mayflowers fall?     

William Morris

Yes, May is come, and its sweet breath / Shall well-nigh make you weep to-day, / And pensive with swift-coming death, / Shall ye be satiate of the May.     

William Morris

O certainly, no month this is but May! / Sweet earth and sky, sweet birds of happy song, / Do make thee happy now, and thou art strong,     

William Morris

For such an art nothing patchy or scrappy, or half-starved, should be done: There is no excuse for doing anything which is not strikingly beautiful.     

William Morris

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

William Morris

Free men must live simple lives and have simple pleasures.     

William Morris

There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst.     

William Morris