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Originality

  • True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

  • There are no original ideas. There are only original people.

  • ... it is wiser to be conventionally immoral than unconventionally moral. It isn't the immorality they object to, but the originality.

  • It is a mark of many famous people that they cannot part with their brightest hour: what worked once must always work.

  • Originality is ... a by-product of sincerity.

  • Whatever our theme in writing, it is old and tried. Whatever our place, it has been visited by the stranger, it will never be new again. It is only the vision that can be new, but that is enough.

  • What passes for an original opinion is, generally, merely an original phrase. Old lamps for new — yes; but it is always the same oil in the lamp.

  • Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.

  • ... I'd like to be an original, to be myself and not a pale copy of anyone else.

  • Everybody is influenced by somebody or something. If there's an original, who is the original?

  • You can't copy anybody and end up with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. And without feeling, whatever you do amounts to nothing.