Quotation by William Morris

So I say, if you cannot learn to love real art; at least learn to hate sham art and reject it. It is not because the wretched thing is so ugly and silly and useless that I ask you to cast it from you; it is much more because these are but the outward symbols of the poison that lies within them; look through them and see all that has gone to their fashioning, and you will see how vain labour, and sorrow, and disgrace have been their companions from the first—and all this for trifles that no man really needs!
William Morris (1834–1896), British artist, writer, printer. "The Decorative Arts: Their Relation to Modern Life and Progress," published as "The Lesser Arts," in Hopes and Fears for Art (1882).

Morris's first public lecture.
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