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

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