An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Imitation is the sincerest form of television.


Fred A. Allen (1894-1957, American radio comic)


Aerodynamically the bumblebee shouldn't be able to fly, but the bumblebee doesn't know that so it goes on flying anyway.


Mary Kay Ash (1918-2001, American businesswoman, founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics)


Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


You may imitate, but never counterfeit.


Honore De Balzac (1799-1850, French novelist)


Man is an idiot. He doesn't know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping. It might even have been that man invented generation by coitus after seeing the grasshopper copulate.


Augusto Roa Bastos (1917-, Paraguayan novelist)


Imitation belittles.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


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


Jean Cocteau (1889-1963, French author, filmmaker)


I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.


Frank Moore Colby (1865-1925, American editor, essayist)


A prudent person profits from personal experience, a wise one from the experience of others.


Dr. Joseph Collins


Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


Imitation is suicide.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


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 (1949-, British poet, critic)


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 (1483-1540, Italian historian)


Imitation is a necessity of human nature.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Imitation can acquire pretty much everything but the power which created the thing imitated.


Henry S. Haskins


When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


'Tis no shame to follow the better precedent.


Ben Johnson (1572-1637, British clergyman, poet, painter)


Each of us is in fact what he is almost exclusively by virtue of his imitativeness.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Each of us is in fact what he is almost exclusively by virtue of his imitativeness.


William James (1842-1910, American psychologist, professor, author)


Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


If you always put limit on everything you do, physical or anything else. It will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

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The most certain way to hide from others the limits of our knowledge is not to go beyond them.


Count Giacomo Leopardi


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


Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799, German physicist, satirist)


Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.


Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527, Italian author, statesman)


It may be that the most interesting American struggle is the struggle to set oneself free from the limits one is born to, and then to learn something of the value of those limits.


Greil Marcus (1945-, American rock journalist)


I think the key is for women not to set any limits.


Martina Navratilova (1956-, American tennis player)


Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.


Jamie Paolinetti


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


Wendell Phillips (1811-1884, American reformer, orator)


To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


No matter how much milk a cow has, you cannot milk butter from it.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


No matter how big the whale is, a tiny harpoon can kill him.


Malaysian Proverb


No matter how hard you try, a bull will never give milk.


Ukrainian Proverb


Any man who selects a goal in life which can be fully achieved has already defined his own limitations.


Cavett Robert


Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.


Marquis De Sade (1740-1814, French author)


Emulation is a noble and just passion, full of appreciation.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.


Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860, German philosopher)


There's no limit possible to the expansion of each one of us.


Charles M. Schwab (1862-1939, American industrialist, businessman)


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 (American trainer, author of "The Magic of Thinking Big")


Whatever is well said by another, is mine.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


There are no limitations to any of our dreams.


Gene Simmons


You may feel like dwelling on your limits or your fears. Don't do it. A perfect prescription for a squandered, unfulfilled life is to accommodate self-defeating feelings while undercutting your finest, most productive ones.


Marsha Sinetar (American author, "To Build The Life You Want, Create The Work You Love")


Simplicity of all things is the hardest to copy.


Sir Richard Steele (1672-1729, British dramatist, essayist, editor)


Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


Learn to see in another's calamity the ills which you should avoid.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Don't use the conduct of a fool as a precedent.


The Talmud (BC 500?-400? AD, Jewish archive of oral tradition)


Defend your limitations and you own them!


Author Unknown


He who never walks except where he sees other men's tracks will make no discoveries.


Author Unknown


Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?


Francois-Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694-1778, French historian, writer)


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