Quotations The Best Quotes About Imitation  

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A list of the best imitation quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous imitation quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic imitation quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational imitation quotes from that same writer.

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He who never walks except where he sees other men's tracks will make no discoveries.

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Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. Salvador Dalí

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Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes. Marquis de Sade

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I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top. Frank Moore Colby

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

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It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don't worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Those who harbor the second-best attitude are invariably second-best doers. David J. Schwartz

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There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations. François de La Rochefoucauld

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The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals. François de La Rochefoucauld

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To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic. Pablo Picasso

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You may imitate, but never counterfeit. Honoré de Balzac

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Imitation is suicide. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Whatever is well said by another, is mine. Seneca the Younger

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Imitation is the sincerest form of television. Fred Allen

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Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators. Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

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To equal a predecessor, one must have twice they worth. Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. Arthur Schopenhauer

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Imitation belittles. Christian Nevell Bovee

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

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Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves. Carl Jung

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To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship Wendell Phillips

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Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target. Niccolò Machiavelli

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No man was ever great by imitation. Samuel Johnson

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To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite. Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

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Simplicity of all things is the hardest to be copy. Richard Steele

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Nature is commonplace. Imitation is more interesting. Gertrude Stein

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When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Eric Hoffer