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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.
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
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Charles Caleb Colton
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
I know imitation is the highest form of flattery, but stealing one's identity is totally different.
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.
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.
I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
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
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.
The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
All art is but imitation of nature.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery.
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
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.
Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
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.
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.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
Leonardo da Vinci
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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