„The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Context: The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity. The inventor did it because it was natural to him, and so in him it has a charm. In the imitator something else is natural, and he bereaves himself of his own beauty, to come short of another man's. The Divinity College Address (1838)
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