„Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.“

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„Imitation is the sincerest form of television.“

—  Fred Allen comedian 1894 - 1956
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„I don’t want life to imitate art. I want life to be art.“

—  Carrie Fisher American actress, screenwriter and novelist 1956 - 2016

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„Art is not imitation but illusion.“

—  Charles Reade British writer 1814 - 1884
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„Art does not imitate, but interpret.“

—  Giuseppe Mazzini Italian patriot, politician and philosopher 1805 - 1872
Context: Art does not imitate, but interpret. It searches out the idea lying dormant in the symbol, in order to present the symbol to men in such form as to enable them to penetrate through it to the idea. Were it otherwise, what would be the use or value of art? The Life and Writings of Joseph Mazzini (1864), p. vii

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„All art is but imitation of nature.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 a.C.
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„Good painters imitate nature, bad ones vomit it.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
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„I hold the imitation of colour to be the greatest difficulty of art.“

—  El Greco Greek painter, sculptor and architect 1541 - 1614
Original: una es la imitación de los <span class="plainlinks"> colores https://es.wikiquote.org/wiki/Colores</span> que yo tengo por la mayor <span class="plainlinks"> dificultad https://es.wikiquote.org/wiki/Dificultad</span> Quote from notes of El Greco, in one of his commentaries; as cited by Fernando Marías and Agustín Bustamante García in Las Ideas Artísticas de el Greco (Cátedra, 1981), p. 80; taken from Wikipedia/El Greco: in 'Technique and Style'

„Art imitates Nature, and Necessity is the Mother of Invention.“

—  Richard Franck German composer 1858 - 1938
Northern Memoirs, written in 1658 and published in 1694 along with another work by Franck, The Contemplative and Practical Angler

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„Painting is first of all the art of imitation, and not the servant of some imaginary 'purity“

—  Maurice Denis French painter 1870 - 1943
as cited on Wikipedia: Maurice Denis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maurice_Denis - reference [42]

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„Fools talk of imitation and copying, all is imitation.“

—  Thomas Gainsborough English portrait and landscape painter 1727 - 1788
Quote of Gainsborough in a Letter to John Henderson, 27th June 1773

„Virgil imitated Homer, but imitated him as a rival, not as a disciple.“

—  John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
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