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„People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Context: The great reformers of the world turn into the great misanthropists, if circumstances or organisation do not permit them to act. Christ, if He had been a woman, might have been nothing but a great complainer. Peace be with the misanthropists! They have made a step in progress; the next will make them great philanthropists; they are divided but by a line. The next Christ will perhaps be a female Christ. But do we see one woman who looks like a female Christ? or even like "the messenger before" her "face", to go before her and prepare the hearts and minds for her? To this will be answered that half the inmates of Bedlam begin in this way, by fancying that they are "the Christ." People talk about imitating Christ, and imitate Him in the little trifling formal things, such as washing the feet, saying His prayer, and so on; but if anyone attempts the real imitation of Him, there are no bounds to the outcry with which the presumption of that person is condemned.

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„The original writer is not he who refrains from imitating others, but he who can be imitated by none.“

—  François-René de Chateaubriand French writer, politician, diplomat and historian 1768 - 1848
The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (1979) 3rd edition <!-- , p. 141 --> Variant translations: The original style is not the style which never borrows of any one, but that which no other person is capable of reproducing. As translated by Charles I. White (1856) Part 2, Book 1, Chapter 3 <!-- p. 221 --> An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (1980) 15th edition.

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„Watch him. But don't try to imitate. Only VVS can play them.“

—  V. V. S. Laxman former Indian cricketer 1974
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„Fools talk of imitation and copying, all is imitation.“

—  Thomas Gainsborough English portrait and landscape painter 1727 - 1788
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