„Gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original; in fact, it is a kind of imitation that produces the very notion of the original as an effect and consequence of the imitation itself.“

—  Judith Butlerová, "Imitation and Gender Insubordination" in Inside/Out (1991) edited by Diana Fuss
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„It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1819 - 1891
Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. Context: It is better to fail in originality, than to succeed in imitation. He who has never failed somewhere, that man can not be great. Failure is the true test of greatness. And if it be said, that continual success is a proof that a man wisely knows his powers, — it is only to be added, that, in that case, he knows them to be small. Let us believe it, then, once for all, that there is no hope for us in these smooth pleasing writers that know their powers.

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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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„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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„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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„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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