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Imitation Quotes


These are some of the best 'Imitation' quotations and sayings.

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A good imitation is the most perfect originality.

Agesilaus, the Spartan king, was once invited to hear a mimic imitate the nightingale, but declined with the comment that he had heard the nightingale itself.

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

Every kind of imitation speaks the person that imitates inferior to him whom he imitates, as the copy is to the original.

Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.

Few things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.

He who imitates evil always goes beyond the example that is set; he who imitates what is good always falls short.

He who imitates what is evil always goes beyond the example that is set; on the contrary, he who imitates what is good always falls short.

I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.

Imitation belittles.

Imitation causes us to leave natural ways to enter into artificial ones; it therefore makes slaves.

Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery.

Imitators are a servile race.

Immature poets imitate: mature poets steal.

Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous half-possession. That which each can do best none but his Maker can teach him.

It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, mien, inventions, and actions of others.

It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more efficiently, but more pleasantly. This forms our manners, our opinions, our lives.

It is impossible to imitate Voltaire without being Voltaire.

Man is an imitative creature, and whoever is foremost leads the herd.

Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.


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