„We must learn how to imitate Cicero from Cicero himself. Let us imitate him as he imitated others.“

—  Erasmo de Rotterdam, in The Erasmus Reader (1990), p. 130.
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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.

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

—  John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
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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
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„Writing is learned by imitation.“

—  William Zinsser writer, editor, journalist, literary critic, professor 1922 - 2015
Context: Make a habit of reading what is being written today and what has been written before. Writing is learned by imitation. Chapter 6, Words, p. 36.

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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
Context: 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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„The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
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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„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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„The efficient use of plausible reasoning is a practical skill and it is learned... by imitation and practice.“

—  George Pólya Hungarian mathematician 1887 - 1985
Context: The efficient use of plausible reasoning is a practical skill and it is learned... by imitation and practice.... what I can offer are only examples for imitation and opportunity for practice.

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„If we are the best, it is only fair that they imitate us.“

—  Frank Stella American artist 1936
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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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„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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„If you can't imitate him, don't copy him.“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015
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