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Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.

Author: Aesop (620-560 BC)

Profession: Greek Fabulist

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

Author: Alan Alda (1936)

Profession: American Actor

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

Author: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)

Profession: French Poet

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

Author: Tony Bennett (1926)

Profession: American Musician, Painter, Singer

The original is unfaithful to the translation.

Author: Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986)

Profession: Argentinean Author

The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.

Author: Robert Bresson (1907)

Profession: French Film Director

Everything has been said, and we have come too late, now that men have been living and thinking for seven thousand years and more.

Author: Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696)

Profession: French Classical Writer

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.

Author: Bliss Carman (1861-1929)

Profession: Canadian Poet

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

Author: Pablo Casals (1876-1973)

Profession: Spanish Cellist, Conductor, Composer

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.''

Author: Eric Clapton

Profession: British Musician, Singer

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

Author: Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)

Profession: French Author, Filmmaker

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.

Author: Salvador Dali (1904-1989)

Profession: Spanish Painter

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

Author: De Chateaubriand


All cases are unique and very similar to others.

Author: T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Profession: American-born British Poet, Critic

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.

Author: Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)

Profession: German Poet, Dramatist, Novelist