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Plagiarism Quotes

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.

Author: Donatus


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.

Author: Jovius


I don't think anybody steals anything; all of us borrow.

Author: B. B. King (1925)

Profession: American Blues Singer, Guitarist