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Originality Quotes

Begin with another's to end with your own.

Author: Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658)

Profession: Spanish Philosopher, Writer

All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.

Author: Clement Greenberg


It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: ''Is it true in and for itself?''

Author: Georg Hegel (1770-1831)

Profession: German Philosopher

Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.

Author: Eric Hoffer (1902-1983)

Profession: American Author, Philosopher

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

Author: Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)

Profession: American Author, Wit, Poet

People would rather be wrong than be different.

Author: Henry Jacobsen


I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.

Author: Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967)

Profession: Irish Poet, Author

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

Author: Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)

Profession: Hungarian Born British Writer

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.

Author: Fran Lebowitz (1951)

Profession: American Journalist

It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise.

Author: Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz (1646-1716)

Profession: German Mathematician, Philosopher

We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.

Author: Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)

Profession: German Physicist, Satirist

No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.

Author: Andre Maurois (1885-1967)

Profession: French Writer

But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Author: Herman Melville (1819-1891)

Profession: American Author