Imitation Quotes

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Jim Jarmusch
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Lev S. Vygotsky
“Through others we become ourselves.”
Lev S. Vygotsky

T.S. Eliot
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Do not repeat after me words that you do not understand. Do not merely put on a mask of my ideas, for it will be an illusion and you will thereby deceive yourself.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Orhan Pamuk
“As much as I live I shall not imitate them or hate myself for being different to them”
Orhan Pamuk, Snow

Samuel Johnson
“Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.”
Samuel Johnson, The Rambler

Eric Hoffer
“When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.”
Eric Hoffer

Henri J.M. Nouwen
“when the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his, then there are many ways and forms in which a man can be a Christian.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society

George Bernard Shaw
“Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest form of learning.”
George Bernard Shaw

T.S. Eliot
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

Jiddu Krishnamurti
“Acquiring knowledge is a form of imitation.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti

François-René de Chateaubriand
“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.”
François-René de Chateaubriand, The Genius of Christianity or the Spirit and Beauty of the Christian Religion

Ngaio Marsh
“Above all things -- read. Read the great stylists who cannot be copied rather than the successful writers who must not be copied.”
Ngaio Marsh, Death on the Air and Other Stories

Toba Beta
“Fake sUCKs!”
Toba Beta

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, The Waste Books

“And whenever any one informs us that he has found a man who knows all the arts, and all things else that anybody knows, and every single thing with a higher degree of accuracy than any other man –whoever tells us this, I think that we can only imagine him to be a simple creature who is likely to have been deceived by some wizard or actor whom he met, and whom he thought all-knowing, because he himself was unable to analyze the nature of knowledge and ignorance and imitation.”
Plato, The Republic

Pierre Boulle
“But once an original book has been written-and no more than one or two appear in a century-men of letters imitate it, in other words, they copy it so that hundreds of thousands of books are published on exactly the same theme, with slightly different titles and modified phraseology. This should be able to be achieved by apes, who are essentially imitators, provided, of course, that they are able to make use of language.”
Pierre Boulle, Planet of the Apes

“Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Imitation is not inspiration, and inspiration only can give birth to a work of art. The least of man's original emanation is better than the best of borrowed thought.”
Albert Pinkham Ryder

Tobias Wolff
“We even talked like Hemingway characters, though in travesty, as if to deny our discipleship: That is your bed, and it is a good bed, and you must make it and you must make it well. Or: Today is the day of the meatloaf. The meatloaf is swell. It is swell but when it is gone the not-having meatloaf will be tragic and the meatloaf man will not come anymore.”
Tobias Wolff, Old School

“Parrots mimic their owners. Their owners consider that a sign of intelligence.”
Marty Rubin

William James
“Invention, using the term most broadly, and imitation, are the two legs, so to call them, on which the human race historically has walked.”
William James, Talks to Teachers on Psychology and to Students on Some of Life's Ideals

Milan Kundera
“Our historical experience teaches us that men imitate one another, that their attitudes are statistically calculable, their opinions manipulable, and that man is therefore less an individual (a subject) than an element in a mass.”
Milan Kundera, Encounter

“Be yourself because an original is worth more than just a copy.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Toba Beta
“The fake seen tawdry.”
Toba Beta, Master of Stupidity

Amit Abraham
“Silence is golden but too long a silence an imitation junk”
Amit Abraham

“Be yourself because an original is always worth more than a copy.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Be yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Henry James
“..if I dont do something on the grand scale, it is that my genius is altogether imitative, and that I have nor recently encountered any very striking models of grandeur.”
Henry James, Roderick Hudson

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