A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.
A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.
A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
All cases are unique and very similar to others.
All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.
All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
Begin with another's to end with your own.
But it is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.
Everything has been said, and we have come too late, now that men have been living and thinking for seven thousand years and more.
I found you essay to be good and original. However, the part that was original was not good and the part that was good was not original.
I invent nothing, I rediscover.
I see nothing in it new and valuable. What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable.
I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.
It is a matter of perfect indifference where a thing originated; the only question is: ''Is it true in and for itself?''
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.''
It's easier to be original and foolish than original and wise.
Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.
Make a technical contribution; innovate, don't emulate.