— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
— Joyce Brothers Joyce Brothers 1927 - 2013
As quoted in Wisdom for the Soul: Five Millennia of Prescriptions for Spiritual Healing (2006) by Larry Chang, p. 469
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„Goodman: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Kael: I hate it. It is very creepy being imitated.“
— Pauline Kael American film critic 1919 - 2001
Interview with Susan Goodman, Modern Maturity (March/April 1998) http://www.paulrossen.com/paulinekael/modernmaturity.html.
„I think the way that you develop your own sound is you go through a process by which you imitate people sometimes very closely. With me, I would mimic people to the note. And then I think you form a collage of all these different players that you imitate, that you learn, and you form your own recipe. I think anybody that has an originality to them, it came from a pool of taking stuff from their predecessors.“
— Eric Johnson
"Eric Johnson's Guitar Gets to Austin's Roots" at NPR (13 August 2005) http://www.wbur.org/npr/4795689&ft=3&f=15403510
„You know when you're [driving] drunk, you're like [Imitates car driving and going over the bumps on the edge of the road], behind you, you hear [Imitates big rig horn] [slurring] "Shut up, stupid!" You know, if you hear the magical sound [Imitates police siren], one of two things will pop in your head. Either one, [slurring] "I'm okay, I'm fine... I can beat this." Or two, [police siren] "I'm gonna go to jail. Ima gonna jail. Hey, gonna hafta let you go babe, Ima gonna jail. Tell the kids I love 'em, bye."“
— Gabriel Iglesias American actor 1976
„I think if you know what you believe, it makes it a lot easier to answer questions. I can't answer your question“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
D 96 Variant translation: To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
„(imitating Norman Bates) Mother, are you there? I love you! I never meant to hit you over the head with that shovel!“
— Eminem American rapper and actor 1972
"Role Model" (Track 9).
— Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941