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Wise Quotes about Originality

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

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for,
and constantly quarrel with.
- Thomas Carlyle

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research.
There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
- Steve Lacy

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

 

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

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

Originality is, for me, the most important quality in a script.
- Douglas Wood

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

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

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

Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin.
- Antonio Gaudi

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

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

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

I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself,
to keep looking for truth and originality.
- Burt Lancaster

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Originality is really important.
- Jim Carrey

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

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

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

No art form points like poetry to this originality
of language as to its essential and abiding concern.
- Thomas Harrison

But the French writers always had more originality
and independence than others,
and that regulator, which elsewhere was religion,
long since ceased to exist for them.
- Henryk Sienkiewicz

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

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

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

Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating.
There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had.
- Robin Cousins

The British feel of blues has been hard,
rather than emotional.
Far too much emphasis on 12 bar, too little attention to words,
far too little originality.
- Alexis Korner

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
- Dean Inge

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

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

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

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

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

I thought I was clever enough to write as well as these
people and I didn't realize that there is something
called originality and your own voice.
- Amy Tan

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

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

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
- Thomas W. Higginson

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

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

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

I love romantic comedies.
I like to watch them and I like to be in them.
It's something that's increasingly difficult to find
that spark of originality that makes if different than
the ones that come before.
- Julia Roberts

When I was coming up, we weren't trying to get a hit or get paid,
we were just trying to do our thing.
The only thing we were really trying to do was to be
recognized for our originality.
- Bootsy Collins

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

We shall be forced to attempt planned and directed
research employing hundreds of workers for many years,
and this cannot be done without risking the loss of
independence and originality.
This is a serious and fundamental obstacle but it may be overcome in two ways.
- John Desmond Bernal

Take a commonplace, clean it and polish it,
light it so that it produces the same effect of youth
and freshness and originality and spontaneity as it did originally,
and you have done a poet's job.
The rest is literature.
- Jean Cocteau

The burden of originality is one that most people don't want to accept.
They'd rather sit in front of the TV and let that tell
them what they're supposed to like,
what they're supposed to buy, and what they're supposed to laugh at.
- Marilyn Manson

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about
originality will ever be original:
whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without
caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will,
nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
- C. S. Lewis

I think it's a great document of John Stevens' originality.
At that time he was already much more fully formed
in his conception than I was.
I was sort of struggling to keep up,
and sometimes it's pretty obvious.
- Evan Parker

Many a man fails as an original thinker
simply because his memory is too good.
- Nietzsche

Mind can never be intelligent - only no-mind is intelligent.
Only no-mind is original and radical.
Only no-mind is revolutionary - revolution in action.
The mind gives you a sort of stupor.
Burdened by the memories of the past,
burdened by the projections of the future,
you go on living - at the minimum.
You dont live at the maximum.
Your flame remains very dim.
Once you start dropping thoughts,
the dust that you have collected in the past,
the flame arises - clean, clear, alive, young.
Your whole life becomes a flame,
and a flame without any smoke.
That is what awareness is.
- Osho

Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Be an Original, smile broadly, sing loudly,
paint your rooms in bold colors,
search every rabbit hole for a magical white bunny,
have caviar for breakfast and oatmeal for dinner,
wear a purple coat with a red hat, dance lightly with life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The more powerful and original a mind,
the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
- Aldous Huxley

Everyone is a genius at least once a year;
a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
- Georg Lichtenberg

Books serve to show a man
that those original thoughts of his
aren't very new at all.
- Abraham Lincoln

The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for
thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers.
The original meal has never been found.
- Calvin Trillin

A mind, once stretched by a new idea,
never regains its original dimensions.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

We are composed of self-contradictions.
Each of us is loving in some moments - hateful in others.
Patient and calm sometimes - harried by urgency at others.
Understanding - and self-absorbed.
Reassuring - and sarcastic.
Generous - and greedy.
Trusting - and jealous.
Comforting - and snappish.
Original - and stuck in a rut.
Thankful - and needy.
Forgiving - and vengeful.
Nurturing ourself - and stuffing ourself with fast food.
Honoring our bodies - and overstressing.
Being Joyful - and Suffering.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Quotations are slippery things, really.
A brief sentence or phrase, often repeated -
always completely out of its original context -
and sometimes not an accurate representation
of the author's original words, let alone his intentions.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I'm 60, and I did 60-year-old women songs.
I'm not trying to be the Hip-Hop Queen,
although I am the original Hip Hop Queen.
- Patti LaBelle

Well, let's go back to the original intent of Social Security.
It is an insurance contract.
- Chuck Hagel

He considers the theatrical version of Fanny and Alexander
an amputated version of what his original film was,
and he doesn't really like the shorter film.
- Bille August

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
- Honore de Balzac

Only the old are innocent.
That is what the Victorians understood,
and the Christians.
Original sin is a property of the young.
The old grow beyond corruption very quickly.
- Malcolm Bradbury


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