Originality Quotes

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

Laurence J. Peter

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

Henry Louis Mencken

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

Dean Inge

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.


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

Raymond Radiguet

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

John Stuart Mill

Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.

Eric Hoffer

Begin with another's to end with your own.

Baltasar Gracian

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

Edith Wharton

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

James Stephens

All the things that are white are not milk.

Tamil proverb

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

Charles Baudelaire

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

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

George Bernard Shaw

The original style is not the style which never borrows of any one, but that which no other person is capable of reproducing.

Franois Ren, vicomte de Chateaubriand
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