„We are to a large extent an imitative society.“

RTNDA Convention Speech (1958)

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jornalista norte-americano 1908 - 1965

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—  Ernest Flagg American architect 1857 - 1947

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„He loves to imitate. We often imitate the same person without perceiving it, and we neglect our own good qualities for the good qualities of others, which generally do not suit us.“

—  François de La Rochefoucauld French author of maxims and memoirs 1613 - 1680

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Contexto: Few men, nevertheless, can have unison in many matters without being a copy of each other, if each follow his natural turn of mind. But in general a person will not wholly follow it. He loves to imitate. We often imitate the same person without perceiving it, and we neglect our own good qualities for the good qualities of others, which generally do not suit us.

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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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„Virgil imitated Homer, but imitated him as a rival, not as a disciple.“

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„When people are free to do as we please, they usually imitate each other.“

—  Eric Hoffer American philosopher 1898 - 1983

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„Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.“

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„We are healthy only to the extent that our ideas are humane.“

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—  Barney Frank American politician, former member of the House of Representatives for Massachusetts 1940

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„Because we live in a largely free society, we tend to forget how limited is the span of time and the part of the globe for which there has ever been anything like : the typical state of mankind is tyranny, servitude, and misery.“

—  Milton Friedman, livro Capitalism and Freedom

Fonte: Capitalism and Freedom (1962), Ch. 1 The Relation Between Economic Freedom and Political Freedom, 2002 edition, page 10
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