I think you can have moderate success by copying something else, but if you really want to knock it out of the park, you have to do something different and take chances.
Only God creates. The rest of us just copy.
As far as modern writing is concerned, it is rarely rewarding to translate it, although it might be easy. Translation is very much like copying paintings.
Painting from nature is not copying the object; it is realizing one's sensations.
If your competitors start copying you then you are doing something right!
Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
Always think that in any area of the arts, you get maybe ten percent of people who are creative, original... and the rest are generally following on, copying.
The shortest road to ruin is to emulate the methods of your adversary.
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Without moving beyond a mere copy, there is no artistry, no originality or artistic advancement; only mechanics.
No art can be grafted with success on another art. For though they all profess the same origin, and to proceed from the same stock, yet each has its own peculiar modes both of imitating nature and of deviating from it... The deviation, more especially, will not bear transplantation to another soil.
In the '50s, to appropriate was a real no-no. However, once you go from Duchamp to Jasper Johns to Warhol, appropriation becomes not only a common thing to do, but possibly the central way of working in the era we call postmodernism.
It's a question of not copying the masters, to look for something, good or bad, for oneself. To enter this liberated state of mind, one cannot copy the others.
A woman is handicapped by her sex, and handicaps society, either by slavishly copying the pattern of man's advance in the professions, or by refusing to compete with man at all.
The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.
In other words, musicians know that going back to the Spoonful, what we were doing was not copying.
It's good Xerox is known for its copying machines, and it's good Jim Carrey is known for comedy.
Out in the sun, some painters are lined up. The first is copying nature, the second is copying the first, the third is copying the second... You see the sequence.
The hardest thing was learning to write. I was 13, and the only writing I had done was for Social Studies. It consisted of copying passages right out of the encyclopedia
Annoyance arises from the feared implication that we are copyists in subject or treatment, or both, whereas the common qualities that establish the relationship result merely from a similarity of method.
I spend a lot of time copying saxophone players and trumpet players. Not to say that it is not important to listen to guitar players, but there's so much music out there and so many possibilities. I like anyone who plays any instrument.
I am just a copier, an impostor. I wait, I read magazines. After a while my brain sends me a product.
If a spectacle is going to be particularly imposing I prefer to see it through somebody else's eyes, because that man will always exaggerate. Then I can exaggerate his exaggeration, and my account of the thing will be the most impressive.
Pictorial art is relating tones to create beauty - like chords of music - not the faithful copying of the model.
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