„Fools talk of imitation and copying, all is imitation.“

—  Thomas Gainsborough, 1770 - 1788, Quote of Gainsborough in a Letter to John Henderson, 27th June 1773
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„A man never knows what a fool he is until he hears himself imitated by one.“

—  Herbert Beerbohm Tree English actor and theatre manager 1852 - 1917
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„.. and then it remains you to re-create your study, the fragment, into a painting. For remember; these are two [different] things: Nature is the material from which we must take. But don't be fooled by the modern theories, that imitating, copying nature would be 'everything'. The goal, the Art's aim is …. to move..“

—  Willem Roelofs Dutch painter and entomologist (1822-1897) 1822 - 1897
1880's, translation from original Dutch: Fons Heijnsbroek (original Dutch: citaat van Willem Roelofs, in het Nederlands:) ..en dan blijft u over, om de studie, het fragment, tot schilderij te herscheppen. Want vergeet niet, dat dat twee [verschillende] dingen zijn: De natuur is de stof, waaruit wij moeten putten. Maar laat u niet door de moderne (Jeltes: hij bedoelde hier waarschijnlijk de Belgische neo-impressionistische) theoriën wijsmaken, dat het navolgen, het copieeren der natuur 'alles' is. Het doel, het streven van de Kunst is.. ..te ontroeren.. Quote of Roelofs, in a letter to his pupil Frans Smissaert, 8 June 1886; as cited in Willem Roelofs (1822—1922), by Mr. H. F. W. Jeltes, in Maandschrift Elsevierweekblad... http://maandschrift.elsevierweekblad.nl/EGM/1922/01/19220101/EGM-19220101-0268/story.pdf, Jan. 1922, p. 222

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„Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish.“

—  Euripidés, The Bacchae
Bacchæ l. 480 Variant translation: To the fool, he who speaks wisdom will sound foolish. Variant translation: He were a fool, methinks, who would utter wisdom to a fool. (translated by Edward Philip Coleridge) Variant translation: Wise words being brought to blinded eyes will seem as things of nought. ( translated by Gilbert Murray http://www.gutenberg.org/files/8418/8418-h/8418-h.htm)

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„3358. Many talk like Philosophers, and live like Fools.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
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„Only a fool or a fraud talks tough or romantically about war.“

—  John McCain politician from the United States 1936
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„Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.“

—  Napoleon I of France French general, First Consul and later Emperor of the French 1769 - 1821
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„Many a good argument is ruined by some fool who knows what he is talking about.“

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