„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.
„In any case there is an intense modern interest in machines that imitate life. The great difference between magic and the scientific imitation of life is that where the former is content to copy external appearance, the latter is concerned more with performance and behavior.“
— William Grey Walter American-born British neuroscientist and roboticist 1910 - 1977
„Our constitution does not copy the laws of neighboring states; we are rather a pattern to others than imitators ourselves“
— Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 a.C.
„We are always ready to imitate what is evil; and faults are quickly copied where virtues appear inattainable.“
— Jerome Catholic saint and Doctor of the Church 345 - 420
— Jimi Hendrix American musician, singer and songwriter 1942 - 1970
— John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Introduction, p. 27
— Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935
— Pramoedya Ananta Toer, This Earth of Mankind
„Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.“
— Judith Butler American philosopher and gender theorist 1956
"Imitation and Gender Insubordination" in Inside/Out (1991) edited by Diana Fuss
„We must learn how to imitate Cicero from Cicero himself. Let us imitate him as he imitated others.“
— Desiderius Erasmus Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, and theologian 1466 - 1536
in The Erasmus Reader (1990), p. 130.
— Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
Quoted by Max Beerbohm in Hebert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and of His Art Collected by Max Beerbohm http://books.google.com/books?id=wM08AAAAIAAJ&q="A+man+never+knows+what+a+fool+he+is+until+he+hears+himself+imitated+by+one"&pg=PA312#v=onepage (1920).
— Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900
„Cato used to assert that wise men profited more by fools than fools by wise men; for that wise men avoided the faults of fools, but that fools would not imitate the good examples of wise men.“
— Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127
Life of Marcus Cato
— Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
D 96 Variant translation: To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.