Imitation Quotes

To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship - Wendell Phillips


Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators. - Johann Friedrich Von Schiller


It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don't worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers. - David J. Schwartz


Imitation is the sincerest form of television. - Fred Allen


An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. - Jean Cocteau


Imitation is suicide. - Ralph Waldo Emerson


One who imitates what is bad always goes beyond his model; while one who imitates what is good always comes up short of it. - Francesco Guicciardini


Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. - Carl Jung


Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing. - Aesop [Aisopos]


What's the point of being a lesbian if a woman is going to look and act like an imitation man? - Rita Mae Brown


All art is an imitation of nature. - Seneca [Lucius Annaeus Seneca]


To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite. - Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing. - Mae West


When Croft's 'Life of Dr. Young' was spoken of as a good imitation of Dr. Johnson's style, 'No, no,' said he, 'it is not a good imitation of Johnson; it has all his pomp without his force; it has all the nodosities of the oak, without its strength; it has all the contortions of the sibyl, without the inspiration. - Matthew Prior


Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest. - Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche


To refrain from imitation is the best revenge. - Marc Antony [Marcus Antonius]


The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility. - Martin Luther King, Jr.


The Cube is an imitation of life itself - or even an improvement on life.-Erno Rubik


The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.-Marcus Tullius Cicero


The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.-Charles Olson


The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.-Theodor Adorno


The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute.-Samuel George Morton


The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.-Orhan Pamuk


The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.-Israel Zangwill


The properties which differentiate living matter from any kind of inorganic imitation may be instinctively felt, but can hardly be formulated without expert knowledge.-Oliver Joseph Lodge


The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation.-Leslie Charteris


The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God. If we be a part of such an organic thing, this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me.-Charles Fort


The worst acting is about imitation.-Paul Guilfoyle


There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.-J. M. Coetzee


There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.-Judith Butler


To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship.-Wendell Phillips


To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.-Georg C. Lichtenberg


To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.-Marcus Aurelius


Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.-Bill Griffith


Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.-John Berger


Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'-Edgar Allan Poe


What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles... It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.-Hans Hofmann


Imitation is the sincerest flattery.-Mohandas Gandhi


Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.-Charles Caleb Colton


Imitation is the sincerest form of pain.-Roy Horn


Imitation is the sincerest form of television.-Fred Allen


Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.-James Fenton


In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.-Marcus Tullius Cicero


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.-Herman Melville


Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.-Joyce Brothers


Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.-Aesop


Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals, are in imitation of fighting.-Jonathan Swift


My works are an imitation of my own past and present.-Barbara Hepworth


Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.-Gertrude Stein


No man was ever great by imitation.-Samuel Johnson


Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement of various kinds. So by the suggestion made, we all 'pretend' most of the time.-Gary Gygax


Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?-Alfred de Vigny


Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.-Voltaire


Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.-Horace Walpole


Probably I, like a lot of people, became a writer in imitation of or in homage to the books I enjoyed. When you're so captivated by something, you think, could I do that? Hmm, let me try.-Curtis Sittenfeld


Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.-Eric Hoffer


The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.-Friedrich Nietzsche

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