Quotations on Imitation

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I don't like traditions, I am very personal, very independent, I don't like intimate ladies, I mean in German lieder there's a lot of copy, a lot of imitation, a lot of tradition, and this I have put it aside.
- Victoria de los Angeles
(Keywords: Ladies, Imitation, Tradition, Traditions)

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice, and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell
(Keywords: Education, Custom, Ignorance, Imitation, Vice)

I think we always move from imitation to assimilation to innovation, but I can't name you 20 people outside those we've already recognized who ever got to point three: innovation.
- David Baker
(Keywords: People, Imitation, Innovation, Name)

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
- Joyce Brothers
(Keywords: Flattery, Imitation, Listening, May)

The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country, out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk of unconscious imitation.
- Leslie Charteris
(Keywords: Country, Desire, Imitation, Reading, Reason, Risk, Unconscious, Years)

A long time ago, in a country not so far away, I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
- Hayden Christensen
(Keywords: Time, Country, Imitation, Old, Years)

There are works of literature whose influence is strong but indirect because it is mediated through the whole of the culture rather than immediately through imitation. Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.
- J. M. Coetzee
(Keywords: Culture, Imitation, Influence, Literature, Mind)

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
- Confucius
(Keywords: Experience, First, Imitation, May, Reflection)

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
- Mason Cooley
(Keywords: Art, Imitation, Innovation)

Anyone who draws attention to himself as an individual, is viewed with suspicion. We acquired this tendency, of course, from America, and we must resist it: levelling, and imitation of what others are already doing.
- Dietrich Fischer Dieskau
(Keywords: America, Attention, Imitation, Suspicion)

For years that may mean imitation. Then, one day, it is like a door opening, and a new thought comes in. Why not try this instead. Suddenly he is doing something original, almost in spite of himself.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: Thought, Day, Imitation, May, Years)

I don't know if there is any one secret to successful writing, but one important step is to move beyond imitation and discover what you can write that no one else can - that is, find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style.
- James Gunn
(Keywords: Successful, Imitation, Style, Writing)

Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies, learn behavior from observation, imitation, and encouragement of various kinds. So by the suggestion made, we all 'pretend' most of the time.
- Gary Gygax
(Keywords: Time, Behavior, Children, Encouragement, Imitation, Observation)

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer
(Keywords: Strength, Imitation, Rudeness)

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles... It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.
- Hans Hofmann
(Keywords: Art, Time, Imitation, Principles)

I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become. I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
- Lena Horne
(Keywords: Hollywood, Imitation, Woman)

The properties which differentiate living matter from any kind of inorganic imitation may be instinctively felt, but can hardly be formulated without expert knowledge.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge
(Keywords: Knowledge, Imitation, Living, May)

Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself.
- Brian Molko
(Keywords: Being, Flattery, Imitation, Individuality, Wrong)

The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation, so that they readily acquire mechanic arts. They have a great talent for music, and all their external senses are remarkably acute.
- Samuel George Morton
(Keywords: Music, Talent, Imitation, Invention, Senses)

The bad gains respect through imitation, the good loses it especially in art.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Keywords: Art, Imitation, Respect)

Art is not merely an imitation of the reality of nature, but in truth a metaphysical supplement to the reality of nature, placed alongside thereof for its conquest.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Keywords: Art, Nature, Truth, Conquest, Imitation, Reality)

The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.
- Charles Olson
(Keywords: Heroes, Imitation, Present, Will)

Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
- Edgar Allan Poe
(Keywords: Nature, Art, Soul, Imitation, Man, Name, Senses)

The Cube is an imitation of life itself - or even an improvement on life.
- Erno Rubik
(Keywords: Life, Imitation, Improvement)

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana
(Keywords: Fashion, Imitation, Innovation, Reason)

Probably I, like a lot of people, became a writer in imitation of or in homage to the books I enjoyed. When you're so captivated by something, you think, could I do that? Hmm, let me try.
- Curtis Sittenfeld
(Keywords: People, Books, Imitation, Writer)

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature, of character, of the passions and their operations in diversified situations.
- Horace Walpole
(Keywords: Nature, Poetry, Character, Comedy, Imitation, Rules, Tragedy)

Imitation is being rewarded. They're learning that if you fit right in the mold, you get rewarded. Music is no longer a form of expression - it's a means to a lifestyle.
- Mike Watt
(Keywords: Music, Being, Expression, Imitation, Learning, Right)

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
- Israel Zangwill
(Keywords: Inspiration, Danger, Glamour, Imitation, Past, Prison, Repetition)









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