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Charles Caleb ColtonImitation is the sincerest of flattery.

—  Charles Caleb Colton, 1780-1832, English cleric & writer

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Eric HofferWhen people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.

—  Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983, American writer & philosopher

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St. AmbroseWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do.

—  St. Ambrose, 340-397, Bishop of Milan, Church Father

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Georg Christoph LichtenbergTo do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

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

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Pablo PicassoBad artists copy. Good artists steal.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

George Bernard ShawImitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery; it's the sincerest form of learning.

—  George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish writer, Nobel 1925

Woody AllenLife doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.

—  Woody Allen, 1935-, American actor & film director

Samuel JohnsonNo man was ever great by imitation.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

Edmund BurkeRudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength.

—  Edmund Burke, 1729-1797, British statesman & philosopher

Adolf HitlerThe great strength of the totalitarian state is that it forces those who fear it to imitate it.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

T. S. EliotImmature poets imitate; mature poets steal.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

VirgilIt is easier to steal the club of Hercules than a line from Homer.

—  Virgil, 70-19 BC, Roman poet










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