Plagiarism Quotes

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Rick Riordan
“All I could think of was that the teachers must've found the illegal stash of candy I'd been selling out of my dorms room. Or maybe they'd realized I got my Essay on Tom Sawyer from the Internet without ever reading the book and now they were going to take away my grade. Or worse, they were going to make me read the book.”
Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief

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

Jimi Hendrix
“I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.”
Jimi Hendrix

Criss Jami
“When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Anatole France
“When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.”
Anatole France

Christopher Hitchens
“As a convinced atheist, I ought to agree with Voltaire that Judaism is not just one more religion, but in its way the root of religious evil. Without the stern, joyless rabbis and their 613 dour prohibitions, we might have avoided the whole nightmare of the Old Testament, and the brutal, crude wrenching of that into prophecy-derived Christianity, and the later plagiarism and mutation of Judaism and Christianity into the various rival forms of Islam. Much of the time, I do concur with Voltaire, but not without acknowledging that Judaism is dialectical. There is, after all, a specifically Jewish version of the eighteenth-century Enlightenment, with a specifically Jewish name—the Haskalah—for itself. The term derives from the word for 'mind' or 'intellect,' and it is naturally associated with ethics rather than rituals, life rather than prohibitions, and assimilation over 'exile' or 'return.' It's everlastingly linked to the name of the great German teacher Moses Mendelssohn, one of those conspicuous Jewish hunchbacks who so upset and embarrassed Isaiah Berlin. (The other way to upset or embarrass Berlin, I found, was to mention that he himself was a cousin of Menachem Schneerson, the 'messianic' Lubavitcher rebbe.) However, even pre-enlightenment Judaism forces its adherents to study and think, it reluctantly teaches them what others think, and it may even teach them how to think also.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir

Tom Lehrer
“I am never forget the day I first meet the great Lobachevsky.
In one word he told me secret of success in mathematics:

Let no one else's work evade your eyes!
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes!
So don't shade your eyes,
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize -
Only be sure always to call it please 'research'."

Tom Lehrer

Robert K. Merton
“Anticipatory plagiarism occurs when someone steals your original idea and publishes it a hundred years before you were born.”
Robert Merton

Steven Wright
“To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.”
Steven Wright

Oliver Goldsmith
“People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.”
Oliver Goldsmith

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Plagiarism is the fear of a blank page.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Malcolm Gladwell
“The ethics of plagiarism have turned into the narcissism of small differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence.”
Malcolm Gladwell, What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures

“I get a lot of big ideas, and occasionally I actually come up with one myself.”
Bauvard, Some Inspiration for the Overenthusiastic

Ben Hecht
“A wise man will always allow a fool to rob him of ideas without yelling “Thief.”
If he is wise he has not been impoverished.
Nor has the fool been enriched.
The thief flatters us by stealing.
We flatter him by complaining.”
Ben Hecht, A Child of the Century

Jonathan Safran Foer
“God loves the plagiarist. And so it is written, 'God created humankind in His image, in the image of God He created them." God is the original plagiarizer. With a lack of reasonable sources from which to filch - man created in the image of what? the animals? - the creation of man was an act of reflexive plagiarizing; God looted the mirror. When we plagiarize, we are likewise creating in the image and participating in the completion of Creation.”
Jonathan Safran Foer, Everything Is Illuminated

Benjamin Disraeli
“Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation”
Benjamin Disraeli

Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas
“Muslims must be warned that plagiarists and pretenders as well as ignorant imitators affect great mischief by debasing values, imposing upon the ignorant, and encouraging the rise of mediocrity. The appropriate original ideas for hasty implementation and make false claims for themselves. Original ideas cannot be implemented when vulgarized; on the contrary, what is praiseworthy in them will turn out to become blameworthy, and their rejection will follow with the dissatisfaction that will emerge. So in this way authentic and creative intellectual effort will continually be sabotaged. It is not surprising that the situation arising out of the loss of adab also provides the breeding ground for the emergence of extremists who make ignorance their capital.”
Syed Muhammad Naquib al-Attas, Islam and Secularism

“One can steal everything from an artist except their talent.”
Marty Rubin

Michael Bassey Johnson
“People can copy anything; your mode of dressing, the way you talk, walk, dance, sing, cry, but they will find it very hard to imitate the way you donate money.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Israelmore Ayivor
“If you copy my dreams, you automatically will copy my challenges too. My success will give you a crown. My challenges will make you frown.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Let's go to the Next Level


In this short lifetime,
Why not be --
True to your own voice,
Your own story,
Your own truths,
Your own style,
Beat and drum --
Instead of reflect the words,
Songs and march of another?
Why not use your soul's own
Unique language,
Instead of constantly try to toot something
Not true, suitable or intended
For your own instrument,
Or story?

Why create an image you cannot produce?
And if you can create a brilliant mask,
How long will you really be able to hide your true soul
Behind it
Until its colors and plastic
Begin to fade and melt with

Do not speak about truth when there is no truth in you.
Do not speak about being yourself when you are trying hard to be someone else.
Do not keep crying about your pain when you you have no shame creating pain in others.
Do not step on truth, or someone else's truth, or someone who fights for truth --
And think there will be no repercussions;
For there is more danger in silence,
And for every action there will always be a reaction
Of opposite or equal measure.

Treasure integrity,
Treasure your own story and truths.
How will people remember you when you want to be an imitation?
How will people remember your voice when you want to sound like another?
Be so different that everybody will remember you.
Be yourself because an original is worth more than a copy.
Be true to yourself or your heart will never forgive you;
For once you silence the music from your own instrument,
Your true purpose and intended path will begin to fade.
There is no greater crime
Than ignoring your conscience
And the truths intended
For you to live, learn,
And share.
to YOU
In everything
You do.
That itself is the purest
And truest
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“Nachahmung ist die aufrichtigste Form der Schmeichelei.”
Charles Caleb Colton

Petra Hermans
“Plagiarism has become the end of the United Nations, UNESCO and your own King without a Queen.”
Petra Hermans

David Foster Wallace
“What’s interesting to Hal Incandenza about his take on Struck, sometimes Pemulis, Evan Ingersoll, et al. is that congenital plagiarists put so much more work into camouflaging their plagiarism than it would take just to write up an assignment from conceptual scratch. It usually seems like plagiarists aren't lazy so much as kind of navigationally insecure. They have trouble navigating without a detailed map's assurance that somebody has been this way before them.”
David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest

“A true poet writes from the language and experiences of their own heart, not those of others.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

“You can control the visibility of my name and writings, but you cannot control the frequency at which people are quoting me around the world.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Ehsan Sehgal
“To copy others carries and contains plagiarism; indeed one risks, losing its certainty and novelty.”
Ehsan Sehgal

Ehsan Sehgal
“I write on all subjects in my way of words, expression, and conception. One may not describe it as plagiarism since the resemblance also has the circle of human nature.”
Ehsan Sehgal

“Beware of the life coach. They are world-renowned plagiarists. If you see one reciting or publishing my words, tell them my work is all registered at the copyright office. We will have a field day in court. I copyright everything and I like to surprise people.”
Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

P.S.  Jagadeesh Kumar
“Hope the English literature will invent a few more alphabets to avoid plagiarism. The permutation and combination of 26 alphabets even a human calculator can do, no need for plagiarism software”
Dr.P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

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