Original Quotes

Every great and original writer, in proportion as he is great and original, must himself create the taste by which he is to be relished.

William Wordsworth

Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man's original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.

Oscar Wilde

We live in a world ruled by fictions of every kind -- mass merchandising, advertising, politics conducted as a branch of advertising, the instant translation of science and technology into popular imagery, the increasing blurring and intermingling of identities within the realm of consumer goods, the preempting of any free or original imaginative response to experience by the television screen. We live inside an enormous novel. For the writer in particular it is less and less necessary for him to invent the fictional content of his novel. The fiction is already there. The writer's task is to invent the reality.

J. G. Ballard

Don't give your mind permission to get disturbed. A disturbed mind is easily influenced. This will cost you your peace. Learn to maintain your peace by freeing yourself from attachments. Competing or comparing yourself with others will not allow you to focus inwards. An inner focus allows you to keep your eye on your higher self. Remember your original nature. It allows you to forge a link with the Divine. Then it becomes easy to recognise useless thoughts and replace them with a spiritual perspective. A calm mind is not just peaceful, it is focused, self-directing and Divine.

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When Democrats open their mouths, they try to say something interesting. If the true thing is obvious and boring, the liberal person will go off and say something original, even if it is completely idiotic. This is how deconstructionism got started.

David Brooks

A great idea is usually original to more than one discoverer. Great ideas come when the world needs them. They surround the world's ignorance and press for admission.

Reinhold Niebuhr

Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.

Fran Lebowitz

When there is an original sound in the world, it makes a hundred echoes.

John A. Shedd

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.

Thomas Carlyle

Original thoughts can be understood only in virtue of the unoriginal elements which they contain.

Vittorio Alfieri

Labor was the first price, the original purchase-money that was paid for all things. It was not by gold or by silver, but by labor, that all wealth of the world was originally purchased.

Adam Smith

Pride and conceit were the original sins of man.

Alain Rene Lesage

Because Islam in its original form was tough and hard, not weak and pliable.

Abu Bakar Bashir

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.

John Mason

The ceaseless, senseless demand for original scholarship in a number of fields, where only erudition is now possible, has led either to sheer irrelevancy, the famous knowing of more and more about less and less, or to the development of a pseudo-scholarship which actually destroys its object.

Hannah Arendt

Great innovators and original thinkers and artists attract the wrath of mediocrities as lightning rods draw the flashes.

Theodor Reik

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all

Abraham Lincoln

Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good.

Friedrich Nietzsche

The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.

Arthur Koestler

The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.

Henry Louis Mencken

Excellence is a better teacher than mediocrity. The lessons of the ordinary are everywhere. Truly profound and original insights are to be found only in studying the exemplary.

Warren G. Bennis

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.

Abraham Lincoln

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