Originality Quotes

Quotations about Originality

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. ~ John Stuart Mill

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism. ~ William Ralph Inge

Originality depends only on the character of the drawing and the vision peculiar to each artist. ~ Georges Seurat

Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself. ~ Richard Cecil

Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else and failing. ~ Raymond Radiguet

Anoriginal artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original. ~ Jean Cocteau

It takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done. ~ Criss Jami

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

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

No man can climb out beyond the limitations of his own character. ~ John Morley

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. ~ Goethe

There is just one life for each of us: our own. ~ Euripides

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes. ~ Thomas Wentworth Higginson

Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar. ~ Katharine Fullerton Gerould

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism. ~ George Henry Lewes

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

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. ~ e.e. cummings

All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. ~ Goethe

Utter originality is, of course, out of the question. ~ Ezra Pound

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

Cinema reflects culture and there is no harm in adapting technology, but not at the cost of losing your originality. ~ Jackie Chan

Give up on trying to be original. Every song has been sung, every picture has been painted, and every story has been told. The best one can do is sing, draw, or tell it again well. ~ Evan Mandery

You were born an original. Don’t die a copy. ~ John Mason

What is the point of being on this Earth if you are going to be like everyone else? ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger

Best be yourself, imperial, plain and true! ~ Robert Browning

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men. ~ Blaise Pascal

Originality is not seen in single words or even in sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man’s thinking or his writing. ~ Isaac Bashevis Singer

The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know. ~ Arthur Koestler

It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is. ~ Desiderius Erasmus

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar. ~ Nnamdi Azikiwe

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

A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men. ~ Patrick Kavanagh

Originality implies being bold enough to go beyond accepted norms. ~ Anthony Storr

The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality. ~ Conan O’Brien

One couldn’t carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves. ~ George Eliot

One’s real life is often the life that one does not lead. ~ Oscar Wilde

Follow your inner moonlight; don’t hide the madness. ~ Allen Ginsberg

The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. ~ Jim Morrison

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds. ~ Mark Twain

A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. ~ Edith Wharton

We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin. ~ André Berthiaume

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not. ~ Andre Gide

A poor original is better than a good imitation. ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox

If you would create something, you must be something. ~ Goethe

The originality of a subject is in its treatment. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere. ~ Pablo Casals

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. ~ Steve Jobs

Just keep thinking about the good side of ADD – the creativity and the originality it can stimulate. ~ David Neeleman

“Be yourself” is about the worst advice you can give some people. ~ Tom Masson

No man knows himself as an original. ~ Washington Allston

A man of great common sense and good taste – meaning thereby a man without originality or moral courage. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Knowing how to paint and to use one’s colors rightly has not any connection with originality. This originality consists in properly expressing your own impressions. ~ Thomas Couture

What the world calls originality is only an unaccustomed method of tickling it. ~ George Bernard Shaw

Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. ~ Jean Guitton

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

He who trims himself to suit everyone will soon whittle himself away. ~ Raymond Hull

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

Originality is the art of concealing your source. ~ Franklin P. Jones

Originality is what distinguishes art from craft. It is the yardstick of artistic greatness. ~ Horst W. Janson

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

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

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

Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth. ~ Oscar Wilde

All thoughtful men are solitary and original in themselves. ~ James Russell Lowell

Mistakes are the only universal form of originality. ~ Mason Cooley

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing he knew nobody had said it before. ~ Mark Twain

Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of. ~ John Stuart Mill

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. ~ Herman Melville

Originality is… a by-product of sincerity. ~ Marianne Moore

God has given you one face, and you make yourself another. ~ William Shakespeare

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble. ~ Samuel Johnson

Originality is the best form of rebellion. ~ Mike Sasso

The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers. ~ Arthur Koestler

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. ~ Voltaire

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and to gain applause which he cannot keep. ~ Samuel Johnson

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. ~ Thomas Carlyle

I’ll develop my own image. I’m an original man. A one and only. I just need some help. ~ Sam Shepard

That which is original creates a new origin. That which is original, by definition, must stay off the previously worn paths. It must wander; it must err. ~ Blake Charlton

If they haven’t heard it before it’s original. ~ Gene Fowler

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem. ~ David Carradine

The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise. ~ Goethe

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be. ~ Kurt Vonnegut

Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else. ~ Judy Garland

Most people think an artist tries to be original, but originality is the last thing that develops in the artist. ~ Lukas Foss

Great success in examinations does naturally not as a rule go with originality of thought. ~ Edward Carpenter

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are. ~ Julius Charles Hare

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Published by The Library of Proverbial Wisdom on Sept.5, 2018