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The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
Marcus Tullius Cicero
Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting.
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.
Art should be life. It's an imitation of life. It should have some humanity in it.
Imitation is the sincerest form of show business.
When you do an interview with me, you're talking to a cheap imitation of the person that I really am. There's no magic in my words, it's just me talking.
When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles... It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.
A long time ago, in a country not so far away, I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction and the imitation of life?
Alfred de Vigny
Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
The opponents of this process have always tried to vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God. If we be a part of such an organic thing, this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me.
My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
The point of painting is not really deception or imitation.
A. S. Byatt
The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement of various kinds. So by the suggestion made, we all 'pretend' most of the time.
I think celebrity has become almost normalized. I feel like we all live our lives in a pale imitation of celebrity. With Facebook, we choose a photo that is not too good a photo - we're more arch than that. We're our own celebrity publicists. We understand it so innately.
Imitation is the sincerest form of pain.
The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute.
Samuel George Morton
Probably I, like a lot of people, became a writer in imitation of or in homage to the books I enjoyed. When you're so captivated by something, you think, could I do that? Hmm, let me try.
I think we always move from imitation to assimilation to innovation, but I can't name you 20 people outside those we've already recognized who ever got to point three: innovation.
John F. Kennedy
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