Originality Quotes

By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.

Dan Cruickshank

Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.

Ansel Adams

Originality is the last refuge of a hero...

Donald Barthelme

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted

Lucy Maud Montgomery

The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.

Simone de Beauvoir

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Thank goodness I was never sent to school it would have rubbed off some of the originality.

Beatrix Potter

Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.

W. H. Auden

The surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even if you will eccentricity. That is, something that can't be feigned, faked, imitated; something even a seasoned imposter couldn't be happy with.

Iosip Aleksandrovich Brodsky

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment."

Josh Billings

Originality does not consist in saying what no one else has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.

James Stephens

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

Edith Wharton

Originality is the one thing unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.

John Stuart Mill

Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else --and failing.

Raymond Radiguet

Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.

Laurence J. Peter

Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality, overcomes everything.

George Lois

A man of great common sense and good taste is a man without originality or moral courage.

George Bernard Shaw

Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.

Charles Baudelaire

But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.

Herman Melville

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

The secret of all effective originality in advertising is not the creation of new and tricky words and pictures, but one of putting familiar words and pictures into new relationships.

Leo Burnett

The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

Arthur Koestler

Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it.

George Bernard Shaw

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