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





Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.


Aesop (620-560 BC, Greek fabulist)


ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe -- you can't take a taxi.


Alan Alda (1936-, American actor)


Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.


Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867, French poet)


I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.


Tony Bennett (1926-, American musician, painter, singer)


The original is unfaithful to the translation.


Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986, Argentinean author)


The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.


Robert Bresson (1907-1999, French film director)


You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.


Buddha (568-488 BC, Indian born, founder of Buddhism)


Set me a task in which I can put something of my very self, and it is a task no longer. It is joy and art.


Bliss Carman (1861-1929, Canadian poet)


Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.


Pablo Casals (1876-1973, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer)


It's been very important throughout my career that I've met all the guys I've copied, because at each stage they've said, "Don't play like me, play like you."


Eric Clapton (1945-, British musician, singer)


When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.


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


The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.


Salvador Dali (1904-1989, Spanish painter)


An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.


De Chateaubriand


By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before.


Edwin Elliot


All cases are unique and very similar to others.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Begin with another's to end with your own.


Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658, Spanish philosopher, writer)


All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.


Clement Greenberg


It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: "Is it true in and for itself?"


Georg Hegel (1770-1831, German philosopher)


Charles Chaplin makes a million dollars a year out of a funny, shuffling walk and a pair of baggy trousers, because he does "something different." Take the hint and "individualize" yourself with some distinctive idea.


Napoleon Hill (1883-1970, American speaker, author, "Think And Grow Rich")


Our passionate preoccupation with the sky, the stars, and a God somewhere in outer space is a homing impulse. We are drawn back to where we came from.


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


Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.


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


A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.


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


A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.


Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967, Irish poet, author)


A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.


Patrick Kavanagh (1905-1967, Irish poet, author)


People would rather be wrong than be different.


Henry Jacobsen


Your manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.


Arthur Koestler (1905-1983, Hungarian born British writer)


Everything has been said, and we have come too late, now that men have been living and thinking for seven thousand years and more.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise.


Gottfried Wilhelm Von Leibniz (1646-1716, German mathematician, philosopher)


We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy -- at least until we have become as clever as they are.


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


No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.


Andre Maurois (1885-1967, French writer)


But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.


Herman Melville (1819-1891, American author)


A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.


H. L. Mencken (1880-1956, American editor, author, critic, humorist)


All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.


John Stuart Mill (1806-1873, British philosopher, economist)


The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


The more intelligent someone is, the more originality he finds of others. Average people find little difference between people.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


I invent nothing, I rediscover.


Auguste Rodin (1840-1917, French sculptor)


Make a technical contribution; innovate, don't emulate.


David Packard (1912-1996, American businessman, co-founder of Hewlett Packard)


Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.


Laurence J. Peter


Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else -- and failing.


Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923, French novelist)


When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.


John A. Shedd


The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique.


Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991, Polish-born American journalist,  writer)


Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.


Konstantin Stanislavisky (1863-1968, Russian actor, theatre director, teacher)


Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.


James Stephens (1882-1950, Irish poet, author)


To put away one's own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost.


Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989, American historian)


The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.


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


I see nothing in it new and valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


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