Originality Quotes

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Chuck Palahniuk
“Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

Abraham Lincoln
“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren't very new after all.”
Abraham Lincoln

Jim Jarmusch
“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery - celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from - it’s where you take them to."

[MovieMaker Magazine #53 - Winter, January 22, 2004 ]”
Jim Jarmusch

Frank Zappa
“I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.”
Frank Zappa

Stephen Fry
“An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
Stephen Fry

Criss Jami
“When you're socially awkward, you're isolated more than usual, and when you're isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

T.S. Eliot
“Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.”
T.S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood

Ralph Waldo Emerson
“All my best thoughts were stolen by the ancients.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Andy Warhol
“You have to do stuff that average people don't understand because those are the only good things.”
Andy Warhol

Coco Chanel
“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”
Coco Chanel

Marie Antoinette
“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.”
Marie Antoinette

Criss Jami
“Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Adam Young
“He: "Whale you be my valentine?" She: "Dolphinitely.”
Adam Young

Criss Jami
“In order to share one's true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”
Criss Jami, Venus in Arms

Dorothy L. Sayers
“A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.”
Dorothy L. Sayers, Gaudy Night

Patti Smith
“I refuse to believe that Hendrix had the last possessed hand,
that Joplin had the last drunken throat,
that Morrison had the last enlightened mind.”
Patti Smith

Criss Jami
“When you have wit of your own, it's a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Criss Jami
“Create with the heart; build with the mind.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Chuck Palahniuk
“Anymore, no one's mind is their own.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby

Karl Lagerfeld
“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”
Karl Lagerfeld

Anna Quindlen
“Every story has already been told. Once you've read Anna Karenina, Bleak House, The Sound and the Fury, To Kill a Mockingbird and A Wrinkle in Time, you understand that there is really no reason to ever write another novel. Except that each writer brings to the table, if she will let herself, something that no one else in the history of time has ever had."

[Commencement Speech; Mount Holyoke College, May 23, 1999]”
Anna Quindlen

Blaise Pascal
“The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.”
Blaise Pascal, Pensées

Ella Wheeler Wilcox
“A poor original is better than a good imitation.”
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Martha Graham
“The unique must be fulfilled.”
Martha Graham

Nancy Springer
“Conform, go crazy, or become an artist.”
Nancy Springer

Virginia Woolf
“Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.”
Virginia Woolf

Criss Jami
“Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Mike Sasso
“Originality is the best form of rebellion.”
Mike Sasso, Being Human: Everything you didn't want to know about life.

Criss Jami
“When most of the greatest individuals in history were misunderstood and you've spent so much of your own adult life misunderstood, you can't help but believe that the majority of people know very little worth knowing.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

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