In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.
Art, as far as it is able, follows nature, as a pupil imitates his master; thus your art must be, as it were, God's grandchild.
Envy is ignorance. Imitation is suicide.
Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
The whole commerce between master and slave is a perpetual exercise of the most boisterous passions, the most unremitting despotism on the one part, and degrading submissions on the other. Our children see this, and learn to imitate it.
Insist on yourself; never imitate.? Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another you have only an extemporaneous half possession.? That which each can do best, none but his Maker can teach him.
All that I desire to point out is the general principle that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
I am begining to look more and more like my miserable imitators.
Insist on yourself. Never imitate.
Life imitates art far more than art imitates Life.
A return to first principles in a republic is sometimes caused by the simple virtues of one man. His good example has such an influence that the good men strive to imitate him, and the wicked are ashamed to lead a life so contrary to his example.
I'm no model lady. A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things... it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.
Man is defined as a human being and a woman as a female - whenever she behaves as a human being she is said to imitate the male.
Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
In imitating the exemplary acts of a God or of a mythic hero, or simply by recounting their adventures, the man of an archaic societydetaches himself from profane time and magically re-enters the Great Time, the sacred time.
It is the nurse that the child first hears, and her words that he will first attempt to imitate.
Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
Most people imitate others. You should be original, and whatever you do, do well.
We must plant the sea and herd its animals using the sea as farmers instead of hunters. That is what civilization is all about - farming replacing hunting.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
We do not imitate, but are a model to others.