To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.
I have found some of the best reasons I ever had for remaining at the bottom simply by looking at the men at the top.
Artistic genius is an expansion of monkey imitativeness.
Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.
Man's natural character is to imitate; that of the sensitive man is to resemble as closely as possible the person whom he loves. It is only by imitating the vices of others that I have earned my misfortunes.
Imitation is suicide.
Posterity weaves no garlands for imitators.
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.
We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people.