Originality Quotes

originality quotes

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)

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)

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

What do you think of these originality quotes?  Made up your mind to be more unique now?  Let us know what you think in the comments section below.  Or share some other similar quotes, please.

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    • Mohammed Rafiq
    • September 11, 2011
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    Absolutely good

    • Lee
    • September 15, 2011
    Reply

    It is the original thinkers, writers, artists and scientists throughout history that have changed how we perceive, experience, and conduct our lives. When you dare to be an original you are in essence daring to be “yourself” and everything that encompasses who you really are. To many of us, that can be a scary and daunting proposition. The reason being is because it means putting ourselves on the line. It means subjecting ourselves to scrutiny, judgment and possible ridicule. It means exposure and vulnerability.

    Certainly there is more comfort to be found in conformity, lying low, and blending in with the crowd. It takes courage and self-confidence to dare to be an original – to reveal your uniqueness and to show that you’re one of a kind. However, as with any frightening endeavour, the rewards of overcoming obstacles and prevailing far out weigh the consequences of not venturing forth. It’s true, life is too short to live it trying to be anything other than your true, original self. Be who you are, and be it the best way you know how. Celebrate your individuality and uniqueness. Dare to be an original!

    My favourite quotes are:
    By being yourself, you put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. -Edwin Elliot

    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)

    The greatness of art is not to find what is common but what is unique. -Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991)

    Wishing you a wonderful day!

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