About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)
Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer
They lard their lean books with the fat of others work.
Author: Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890)
Profession: Explorer, Born in Torquay
And for the citation of so many authors, 'tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own... there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
Author: Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616)
Profession: Spanish Novelist, Dramatist, Poet
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
Author: Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834)
Profession: British Poet, Critic, Philosopher
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author's phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
Author: Guy Debord (1931)
Profession: French Philosopher
Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.
Author: Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881)
Profession: British Statesman, Prime Minister
Perish those who said our good things before we did.
He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.
Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)
Profession: British Poet, Dramatist, Critic
Nothing is new except arrangement.
Author: William J. Durant (1885-1981)
Profession: American Historian, Essayist
Genius Borrows nobly.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Author: Anatole France (1844-1924)
Profession: French Writer
There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.
Author: Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)
Profession: American Scientist, Publisher, Diplomat
What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
Author: Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954)
Profession: Dean of St Paul's, London
They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.
I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.
Author: B. B. King (1925)
Profession: American Blues Singer, Guitarist