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Imitation Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Imitation

Please enjoy these Imitation Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Related topics: Wisdom

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

 

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

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- Gertrude Stein

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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

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

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

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Charles Caleb Colton

The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.
- Charles Olson

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

The worst acting is about imitation.
- Paul Guilfoyle

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

You know, there's so much imitation and so much pandering in Hollywood.
- Tom Selleck

The opponents of this process have always tried to
vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
- Orhan Pamuk

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

I'm a very big Notorious B.I.G.
fan and I do an imitation of him that always cracks everybody up.
- Gene Ween

The Cube is an imitation of life itself -
or even an improvement on life.
- Erno Rubik

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
- Joyce Brothers

Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction
and the imitation of life?
- Alfred de Vigny

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation
without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana

Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic.
- Michael Berryman

Imitation is the sincerest form of pain.
- Roy Horn

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

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

A long time ago, in a country not so far away,
I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
- Hayden Christensen

The human is indissolubly linked with imitation:
a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.
- Theodor Adorno

Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of
an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
- Bill Griffith

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals,
are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift

The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God.
If we be a part of such an organic thing,
this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me.
- Charles Fort

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice,
and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
- Marcus Aurelius

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

Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing.
It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense
of what can and cannot be done.
- James Fenton

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

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

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
- Fred Allen

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

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
- Aesop

I'm no model lady.
A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
- Mae West

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
- Mason Cooley

My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
- Barbara Hepworth

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

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering,
an imitation or an interpretation of its subject,
but actually a trace of it.
No painting or drawing, however naturalist,
belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
- John Berger

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I knew that we were clicking when mimics started kidding my voice,
I'll know that I'm on the way out when they stop doing their imitations.
- Vaughn Monroe

Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.
- Johann Georg Zimmermann

Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy,
to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter,
and to lead but not manipulate.
- William Arthur Ward

Do something wonderful, people may imitate it.
- Albert Schweitzer

Immature artists imitate.
Mature artists steal.
- Lionel Trilling

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

Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female -
whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
- Simone de Beauvoir

I discovered very early that it wasn't quite enough
for me to imitate people.
- Cecil Taylor

Art does imitate life, it has to come from somewhere.
To put boundaries and limitations on it doesn't make a lot of sense to me.
- Christian Slater

I could tell you which writer's rhythms I am imitating.
It's not exactly plagiarism, it's falling in love with
good language and trying to imitate it.
- Charles Kuralt

Hollywood has an obligation to watch what they put out there.
Kids do imitate what they see - good or bad.
- Morgan Brittany


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