- "It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
Herman Melville (1819-1891)
- "Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting
where you heard it."
Laurence J. Peter (1919-1988)
- "Imitation is the sincerest of flattery."
Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832)
- "About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly
is to steal with good judgment."
Josh Billings (1818-1885)
- "It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything;
and what we learn thus, we acquire
not only more efficiently, but more pleasantly. This forms our manners,
our opinions, our lives."
Edmund Burke (1729-1797)
- "Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality
is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing."
Issac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)
- "Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes."
Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1823-1911)
- "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."
Albert Einstein (1879-1955)