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Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.

Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.

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Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.

Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.

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Imitation is suicide

Imitation is suicide

by Ralph Waldo Emerson Found in: Imitation Quotes,
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An imitative creature is man; whoever is foremost, leads the
herd.
[Ger., Der Mensch ist ein nachahmendes Geschopf.
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An imitative creature is man; whoever is foremost, leads the
herd.
[Ger., Der Mensch ist ein nachahmendes Geschopf.
Und wer Vorderste ist, fuhrt die Heerde.]

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Imitation is at least 50 percent of the creative process

Imitation is at least 50 percent of the creative process

by Jamie Buckingham Found in: Imitation Quotes,
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I would advise him who wishes to imitate well, to look closely
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I would advise him who wishes to imitate well, to look closely
into life and manners, and thereby to learn to express them with
truth.
[Lat., Respicere exemplar vitae morumque jubebo
Doctum imitatorem, et veras hinc ducere voces.]

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I used to make original snowmen, but it was time consuming, hard work. So I said, heck, this is crazy! read more

I used to make original snowmen, but it was time consuming, hard work. So I said, heck, this is crazy! Now I crank out crude imitations of what's already popular! It takes no time or thought, and most people don't care about the difference, anyway! And what good is originality if you can't crank it out?

by Bill Watterson Found in: Imitation Quotes,
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Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that
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Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that
life imitates art far more than art imitates life.

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One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes read more

One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it.

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