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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton
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
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
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.
There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different.
All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
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.
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself.
The Cube is an imitation of life itself - or even an improvement on life.
In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
The human is indissolubly linked with imitation: a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.
My cut is blunt and futuristic, and Nicki Minaj started wearing that bob on her head after she came to my show, so at the end of the day, I know what I do, and I know what I possess, and I know who I am. I'm a trendsetter. The biggest form of flattery is imitation, so I'm flattered.
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
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.
Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery.
A long time ago, in a country not so far away, I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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