We should all be original versions of ourselves, right? These originality quotes have some pretty great advice on how to do that.
By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. -Edwin Elliot
When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work. -Jean Cocteau (1889-1963)
Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it. -C. S. Lewis
No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity. -Andre Maurois (1885-1967)
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People would rather be wrong than be different. -Henry Jacobsen
Originality consists in trying to be like everybody else…and failing. -Raymond Radiguet (1903-1923)
You’ve gotta be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for? -Bernadette Peters
Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere. -Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate. -De Chateaubriand
The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something as if it had never been said before. -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832)
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Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing. -Aesop (620-560BC)
The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique. -Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)
We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy — at least until we have become as clever as they are. -Georg C. Lichtenberg (1742-1799)
I think one of the reasons I’m popular again is because I’m wearing a tie. You have to be different. -Tony Bennett
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards. -Arthur Koestler (1905-1983)
The world in general doesn’t know what to make of originality; it is startled out of its comfortable habits of thought, and its first reaction is one of anger. -William Somerset Maugham
Charles Chaplin makes a million dollars a year out of a funny, shuffling walk and a pair of baggy trousers, because he does “something different.” Take the hint and “individualize” yourself with some distinctive idea. -Napoleon Hill (1883-1970)
To put away one’s own original thoughts in order to take up a book is a sin against the Holy Ghost. -Barbara Tuchman (1912-1989)
Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. -Jean Guitton
Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself. -James Stephens
It’s been very important throughout my career that I’ve met all the guys I’ve copied, because at each stage they’ve said, “Don’t play like me, play like you.” -Eric Clapton
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