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

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A well cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time.

All cases are unique and very similar to others.

All profoundly original work looks ugly at first.

Every human being is intended to have a character of his own; to be what no other is, and to do what no other can do.

Every man is an original and solitary character. - None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.

He who thinks for himself, and rarely imitates, is a free man.

I invent nothing. I rediscover.

I would rather be the author of one original thought than the conqueror of a hundred battles. Yet moral excellence is so much superior to intellectual, that I ought to esteem one virtue more valuable than a hundred original thoughts.

If we can advance propositions both true and new, these are our own by right of discovery; and if we can repeat what is old, more briefly and brightly than others, this also becomes our own, by right of conquest.

If you would create something, you must be something.

It is almost impossible for any one who reads much, and reflects a, good deal, to be able, on every occasion, to determine whether a thought was another's or his own. - I have several times quoted sentences out of my own writings, in aid of my own arguments, in conversation, thinking that I was supporting them by some better authority.

It is better to create than to be learned; creating is the true essence of life.

Men of strong minds and who think for themselves, should not be discouraged on finding occasionally that some of their best ideas have been anticipated by former writers; they will neither anathematize others nor despair themselves. They will rather go on discovering things before discovered, until they are rewarded with a land hitherto unknown, an empire indisputably their own, both by right of conquest and of discovery.

One couldn't carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves.

One of the best uses of originality is, to say common things in an uncommon way.

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

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others and it becomes the property of all.

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.

Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor.


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