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

—  John Conington, Introduction, p. 27
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„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.

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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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„If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015
What Time Is It? You Mean Now?: Advice for Life from the Zennest Master of Them All, Simon and Schuster, 2003, , p. 15

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

—  Thomas Gainsborough English portrait and landscape painter 1727 - 1788
Quote of Gainsborough in a Letter to John Henderson, 27th June 1773

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

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

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„The end of learning is to know God, and out of that knowledge to love Him and imitate Him.“

—  John Milton English epic poet 1608 - 1674
Quote reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 364

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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
John Wright to young batsman on VVS Laxman. http://www.scrolldroll.com/quotes-about-vvs-laxman-that-show-he-is-truly-very-very-special/

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„To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.“

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg German scientist, satirist 1742 - 1799
D 96 Variant translation: To do just the opposite is also a form of imitation.

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„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.

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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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