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 :: Famous Quotations Topic: Originality (45 Quotations)

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Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
~ Aesop

 

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ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe -- you can't take a taxi.
~ Alan Alda

 

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Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
~ Charles Baudelaire

 

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I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.
~ Tony Bennett

 

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The original is unfaithful to the translation.
~ Jorge Luis Borges

 

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The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.
~ Robert Bresson

 

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Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a task no longer. It is joy and art.
~ Bliss Carman

 

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Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
~ Pablo Casals

 

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It's been very important throughout my career that I've met all the guys I've copied, because at each stage they've said, ''Don't play like me, play like you.''
~ Eric Clapton

 

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When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.
~ Jean Cocteau

 

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The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
~ Salvador Dali

 

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An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
~ De Chateaubriand

 

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All cases are unique and very similar to others.
~ T. S. Eliot

 

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The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.
~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

 

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Begin with another's to end with your own.
~ Baltasar Gracian

 

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All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
~ Clement Greenberg

 

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It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: ''Is it true in and for itself?''
~ Georg Hegel

 

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Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
~ Eric Hoffer

 

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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

 

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People would rather be wrong than be different.
~ Henry Jacobsen

 

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