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The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.
Robert A Schumann
Millions of men have lived to fight, build palaces and boundaries, shape destinies and societies; but the compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Insist upon yourself. Be original.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.
Originality is the fine art of remembering what you hear but forgetting where you heard it.
Laurence J Peter
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.
We prefer to believe that the absence of inverted commas guarantees the originality of a thought, whereas it may be merely that the utterer has forgotten its source.
Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.
W H Auden
Creativity can solve almost any problem. The creative act, the defeat of habit by originality overcomes everything.
'In a democracy,' said Mr Pinfold, with more weight than originality, 'Men do not seek authority so that they may impose a policy
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed from one 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 prope.
The aim of public education is not to spread enlightenment at all; it is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe level, to breed a standard citizenry, to put down dissent and originality
Henry Louis Mencken
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