William Morris’ – Golden Rule

William Morris textile design

(By William Morris – Planet Art CD of royalty-free PD images William Morris: Selected Works, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2444632/ )

William Morris knew something about keeping one’s home free from clutter; meaning unneeded things. And this was in the 19th century! Below is a quote he wrote on February 19, 1880.

“Believe me, if we want art to begin at home, as it must, we must clear our houses of troublesome superfluities that are forever in our way, conventional comforts that are no real comforts, and do but make work for servants and doctors. If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”   (William Morris, 19 February 1880)

William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, poet, novelist, translator, and socialist activist. Associated with the British Arts and Crafts Movement, he was a major contributor to the revival of traditional British textile arts and methods of production. His literary contributions helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, while he played a significant role in propagating the early socialist movement in Britain. (copied from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Do you follow this golden rule, and have only useful and beautiful things in your home?

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