— 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
„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 believe that love--not imitation--is the sincerest form of flattery. Your imitator thinks that you can be duplicated; your lover knows you can't.“
— Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946
— 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)
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
— David Brin novelist, short story writer 1950
Chapter 26 (p. 512)
„Many owe their greatness to their enemies. Flattery is fiercer than hatred, for hatred corrects the faults flattery had disguised.“
— Baltasar Gracián Spanish Jesuit and baroque prose writer and philosopher 1601 - 1658
Maxim 84 (p. 47)
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
D 96 Variant translation: To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.
— Marcus Aurelius Emperor of Ancient Rome 121 - 180
Meditations. xi. 10.
„We are not imitating Hitler and Mussolini. They are imitating us. They have just discovered what we knew for centuries: that a corporate, collectivist system pays.“
— Toshio Shiratori Japanese politician 1887 - 1949
Quoted in "The American Mercury" - Page 157 - edited by Henry Louis Mencken - 1942.
„You have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools. As the mediocrities and the fools always form the immense majority, it is impossible for them to elect an intelligent government.“
— Guy De Maupassant, Les dimanches d'un bourgeois de Paris, et autres aventures parisiennes
"Sundays of a Bourgeois"