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





They lard their lean books with the fat of others' work.


Sir Richard Burton (1821-1890, Explorer, born in Torquay)


Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


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.


Miguel De Cervantes (1547-1616, Spanish novelist, dramatist, poet)


Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.


Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834, 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.


Guy Debord (1931-, French philosopher)


He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.


John Dryden (1631-1700, British poet, dramatist, critic)


Nothing is new except arrangement.


William J. Durant (1885-1981, American historian, essayist)


Genius borrows nobly.


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


Art is either plagiarism or revolution. Individuality of expression is the beginning and the end of all art.


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


There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.


Dean William R. Inge (1860-1954, Dean of St. Paul's, London)


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


B. B. King (1925-, American blues singer, guitarist)


Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism.


George Moore (1852-1933, Irish writer)


Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world.


Malcolm McLaren


Copy from one, it's plagiarism.  Copy from two, it's research.


Wilson Mizner (1876-1933, American author)


Most writers steal a good thing when they can, and when 'Tis safely got 'Tis worth the winning. The worst of 't is we now and then detect em, they ever dream that we suspect em.


Bryan Waller Proctor


The human plagiarism which is most difficult to avoid, for individuals... is the plagiarism of ourselves.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before.


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


Perish those who said our good things before we did.


Author Unknown


They castrate the books of other men in order that with the fat of their works they may lard their own lean volumes.


Author Unknown


Nothing is said which has not been said before.


Terence (Roman writer of comedies)


So much of what I am I got from you. I had no idea how much of it was secondhand.


Peter Townsend (British singer, songwriter)


Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.


Lionel Trilling (1905-1975, American critic)


The immature artist imitates. The mature artist steals.


Lionel Trilling (1905-1975, American critic)


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