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ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe -- you can't take a taxi.
Originality
Alan Alda

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Great men are always of a nature originally melancholy.
Temperament
Aristotle

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There is no original truth, only original error.
Mistakes
Gaston Bachelard

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Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
Originality
Charles Baudelaire

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The original is unfaithful to the translation.
Originality
Jorge Luis Borges

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I am what is mine. Personality is the original personal property.
Personality
Norman O. Brown

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Science must have originated in the feeling that something was wrong.
Science and Scientists
Thomas Carlyle

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The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.
Sincerity
Thomas Carlyle

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An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
Imitation
Jean Cocteau

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All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas -- not money.
Money
Robert Collier

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An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.
Originality
De Chateaubriand

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Great ideas originate in the muscles.
Ideas
Thomas A. Edison

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The masses have no habit of self reliance or original action.
Masses
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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We are as much informed of a writer's genius by what he selects as by what he originates.
Choice
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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If the aborigine drafted an IQ test, all of Western civilization would presumably flunk it.
IQ Test
Stanley Garn

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All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.
Originality
Clement Greenberg

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The real antichrist is he who turns the wine of an original idea into the water of mediocrity.
Mediocrity
Eric Hoffer

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A mind once stretched by a new idea never regains its original dimensions.
Ideas
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.
Originality
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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Man's mind, stretched by a new idea, never goes back to its original dimensions.
Ideas
Oliver Wendell Holmes

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The more powerful and original a mind, the more it will incline towards the religion of solitude.
Solitude
Aldous Huxley

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What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
Plagiarism
Dean William R. Inge

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I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.
Mistakes
Billy Joel

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A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men.
Originality
Patrick Kavanagh

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The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterwards.
Originality
Arthur Koestler

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Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.
[ Research ] Wernher Von Braun