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Imitation is the sincerest form of television.

Author: Fred Allen

Profession: American Businessman, Chairman of Pitney-Bowes

You may imitate, but never counterfeit.

Author: Honore De Balzac (1799-1850)

Profession: French Novelist

Man is an idiot. He doesn't know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping. It might even have been that man invented generation by coitus after seeing the grasshopper copulate.

Author: Augusto Roa Bastos (1917)

Profession: Paraguayan Novelist

Imitation belittles.

Author: Christian Nevell Bovee (1820-1904)

Profession: American Author, Lawyer

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.

Author: Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925)

Profession: American Editor, Essayist

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

Imitation is suicide.

Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

Profession: American Poet, Essayist

Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.

Author: James Fenton (1949)

Profession: British Poet, Critic

To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

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

Author: Francesco Guicciardini (1483-1540)

Profession: Italian Historian

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

No man was ever great by imitation.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.

Author: Carl Jung (1875-1961)

Profession: Swiss Psychiatrist