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Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.
William Morris Hunt
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
Simone de Beauvoir
Kings in this world should imitate God, their mercy should be above their works.
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
When violence is real and you flinch away from it, violence does not push people to try and imitate that. Often, we shun the violence that makes us flinch, because it disturbs us. And what makes us uncomfortable and disturbs us is not often bad. What disturbs us will not make us imitate that.
I don't want to imitate life in movies; I want to represent it. And in that representation, you use the colors you feel, and sometimes they are fake colors. But always it's to show one emotion.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
James A. Baldwin
I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating. It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with good language and trying to imitate it.
It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.
We do not imitate, but are a model to others.
I always admired virtue - but I could never imitate it.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
In my movies, I'm not trying to erase any old image of myself, really. And also I'm not trying to imitate anyone or follow in their footsteps, because I know, Burt Reynolds was just one of the people that told me this, I know how you can only last in this business if you got something special to offer, just by being yourself.
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
One cannot possibly understand the teaching of the saints unless one has a pure mind and is trying to imitate their life.
Just as the slave master required the slaves to imitate the image he had of them, so women, who live in a relatively powerless position, politically and economically, feel obliged by a kind of implicit force to live up to culture's image of what is female.
I don't want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.
I did not come into contact with any Muslim before I embraced Islam. I read the Qur'an first and realized no person is perfect, Islam is perfect, and if we imitate the conduct of the Holy Prophet... we will be successful.
And out of a desire essentially to imitate what I was reading, I began to write, like a clever monkey.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
T. S. Eliot
A good composer does not imitate; he steals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
C. S. Lewis
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