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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