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A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.

Author: H. L. Mencken (1880-1956)

Profession: American Editor, Author, Critic, Humorist

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.

Author: John Stuart Mill (1806-1873)

Profession: British Philosopher, Economist

Make a technical contribution; innovate, don't emulate.

Author: David Packer

Profession: American Businessman, Founder of Hewlett Packer

The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.

Author: Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)

Profession: French Scientist, Religious Philosopher

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Author: Laurence J. Peter


Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else --and failing.

Author: Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923)

Profession: French Novelist

I invent nothing, I rediscover.

Author: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)

Profession: French Sculptor

When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.

Author: John A. Shedd


The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.

Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

Profession: Polish-born American Journalist, Writer

Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.

Author: Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968)

Profession: Russian Actor, Theatre director, Teacher

To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.

Author: Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989)

Profession: American Historian

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

Author: Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Profession: American Humorist, Writer

Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.

Author: Voltaire (1694-1778)

Profession: French Historian, Writer

I see nothing in it new and valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.

Author: Daniel Webster (1782-1852)

Profession: American Lawyer, Statesman