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It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
– Herman Melville
What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles… It is in our own time that we have become aware of pure aesthetic considerations. Art never can be imitation.
– Hans Hofmann
Now I want to make it plain that ‘The Virgin Spring’ must be regarded as an aberration. It’s touristic, a lousy imitation of Kurosawa.
– Ingmar Bergman
Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing. It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense of what can and cannot be done.
– James Fenton
There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates, but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
– Judith Butler
Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering, an imitation or an interpretation of its subject, but actually a trace of it. No painting or drawing, however naturalist, belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
– John Berger
Imitation is the highest form of flattery, but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting individuality and being proud of being yourself.
– Brian Molko
My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
– Barbara Hepworth
They say imitation is the best form of flattery. That is particularly the case if you’re a U.S. presidential candidate and pundits are likening you to a conservative giant like Ronald Reagan.
– Chuck Norris
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
– Charles Caleb Colton
Imitation is obviously a great form of flattery.
– Peyton Manning
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
– Georg C. Lichtenberg
The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.
– Charles Olson
Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
– Eric Hoffer
Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic.
– Michael Berryman
Since Mary is the prototype of pure womanhood, the imitation of Mary must be the goal of girls’ education.
– Edith Stein
I’m a very big Notorious B.I.G. fan and I do an imitation of him that always cracks everybody up.
– Gene Ween
I’m into emulation, not imitation.
– Chuck Inglish
The Cube is an imitation of life itself – or even an improvement on life.
– Erno Rubik
Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
– Fred Allen
‘The Imitation Game’ is a very British film.
– Morten Tyldum
It has always seemed a cruel joke to me that the very word ‘stutter’ is difficult for many stutterers to pronounce. It is onomatopoeic, an imitation of the halting, repetitive sound made by people with this speech dysfunction.
– Kate Forsyth
Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
– Mason Cooley
I’m no model lady. A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.
– Mae West
All art is but imitation of nature.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
– Marcus Aurelius
In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
– Marcus Tullius Cicero
I don’t have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I’d become. I’m me, and I’m like nobody else.
– Lena Horne
The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
The worst acting is about imitation.
– Paul Guilfoyle