Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.
Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.
It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.
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.
Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe - you can't take a taxi.
Don't be a blueprint. Be an original.
I invent nothing, I rediscover.
Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.
Mistakes are the only universal form of originality.
You've got to be original, because if you're like someone else, what do they need you for?
Start with what is right rather than what is acceptable.
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
Originality is... a by-product of sincerity.
Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
The principal mark of genius is not perfection, but originality.
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Be yourself. The world worships the original.
The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.
The principle mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.
The world in general doesn't know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger.
Many have original minds who do not think it - they are led away by custom!
The perpetual obstacle to human advancement is custom.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
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