„Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.“

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„Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.“

—  Charles Caleb Colton British priest and writer 1780 - 1832
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„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
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„Imitation is flattery“

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„The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
Context: The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's. The Divinity College Address (1838)

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„Jealousy is the tribute mediocrity pays to genius.“

—  Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979

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„They say survival is Nature’s only form of flattery.“

—  David Brin novelist, short story writer 1950
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„To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
D 96 Variant translation: To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.

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