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James Fenton Quotes and Sayings

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Imitation, if it is not forgery, is a fine thing.
It stems from a generous impulse, and a realistic sense
of what can and cannot be done.
- James Fenton

The lullaby is the spell whereby the mother attempts
to transform herself back from an ogre to a saint.
- James Fenton

One does not become a guru by accident.
- James Fenton

Be yourself. There is nothing more for you to do
than to be the best YOU that you can be -
with no imitation, no pretense, no guilt, no shame.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

Imitation is the sincerest flattery.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There comes a time in every man's education
when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance,
that imitation is suicide,
that he must take himself for better or for worse as his portion.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First,
by reflection, which is noblest; Second,
by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience,
which is the bitterest.
- Confucius

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To be as good as our fathers we must be better,
imitation is not discipleship.
- Wendell Phillips

All art is but imitation of nature.
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca

To refrain from imitation is the best revenge.
- Marcus Aurelius

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
- Charles Caleb Colton

A long time ago, in a country not so far away,
I was eight years old, doing my best Darth Vader imitation.
- Hayden Christensen

To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation,
namely an imitation of its opposite.
- Georg C. Lichtenberg

Most sorts of diversion in men, children and other animals,
are in imitation of fighting.
- Jonathan Swift

Imitation is flattery, and The Hills Have Eyes is a classic.
- Michael Berryman

Nature is commonplace.
Imitation is more interesting.
- Gertrude Stein

Imitation is being rewarded.
They're learning that if you fit right in the mold,
you get rewarded.
Music is no longer a form of expression -
it's a means to a lifestyle.
- Mike Watt

Imitation is the highest form of flattery,
but clones kind of get it wrong because we are promoting
individuality and being proud of being yourself.
- Brian Molko

The worst acting is about imitation.
- Paul Guilfoyle

There is no original or primary gender a drag imitates,
but gender is a kind of imitation for which there is no original.
- Judith Butler

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.
The most original writers borrowed one from another.
- Voltaire

The opponents of this process have always tried to
vilify westernization as a poor imitation.
- Orhan Pamuk

Ignorance and a narrow education lay the foundation of vice,
and imitation and custom rear it up.
- Mary Astell

You know, there's so much imitation and so much pandering in Hollywood.
- Tom Selleck

I'm a very big Notorious B.I.G.
fan and I do an imitation of him that always cracks everybody up.
- Gene Ween

The theologians have recognized that the ideal is the imitation of God.
If we be a part of such an organic thing,
this thing is God to us, as I am God to the cells that compose me.
- Charles Fort

The human is indissolubly linked with imitation:
a human being only becomes human at all by imitating other human beings.
- Theodor Adorno

My works are an imitation of my own past and present.
- Barbara Hepworth

I think we always move from imitation to assimilation to innovation,
but I can't name you 20 people outside those we've
already recognized who ever got to point three:
innovation.
- David Baker

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

Of what use were the arts if they were only the reproduction
and the imitation of life?
- Alfred de Vigny

Art begins in imitation and ends in innovation.
- Mason Cooley

What goes on in abstract art is the proclaiming of aesthetic principles...
It is in our own time that we have become aware of
pure aesthetic considerations.
Art never can be imitation.
- Hans Hofmann

Unfortunately what came out of it was also kind of
an imitation community with a lot of mindless conformity.
- Bill Griffith

The Cube is an imitation of life itself -
or even an improvement on life.
- Erno Rubik

All bad Literature rests upon imperfect insight,
or upon imitation, which may be defined as seeing at second-hand.
- George Henry Lewes

Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
- Fred Allen

Rudeness is a weak imitation of strength.
- Eric Hoffer

I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that
Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become.
I'm me, and I'm like nobody else.
- Lena Horne

Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.
- Joyce Brothers

The properties which differentiate living matter from
any kind of inorganic imitation may be instinctively felt,
but can hardly be formulated without expert knowledge.
- Oliver Joseph Lodge

In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.
- Herman Melville

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.
- Aesop

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research.
There is an awful lot of imitation going on now.
- Steve Lacy

The heroes of the present will retreat to the imitation they are anyhow.
- Charles Olson

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison;
there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour.
The past is for inspiration, not imitation,
for continuation, not repetition.
- Israel Zangwill

I'm no model lady.
A model's just an imitation of the real thing.
- Mae West

Fashion is something barbarous, for it produces innovation
without reason and imitation without benefit.
- George Santayana

Imitation is the sincerest form of pain.
- Roy Horn

Unlike any other visual image, a photograph is not a rendering,
an imitation or an interpretation of its subject,
but actually a trace of it.
No painting or drawing, however naturalist,
belongs to its subject in the way that a photograph does.
- John Berger

Anyone who draws attention to himself as an individual,
is viewed with suspicion.
We acquired this tendency, of course,
from America, and we must resist it:
levelling,
and imitation of what others are already doing.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Plot, rules, nor even poetry, are not half so great
beauties in tragedy or comedy as a just imitation of nature,
of character, of the passions and their operations
in diversified situations.
- Horace Walpole

The reason is that for many years I have avoided reading
anything whatsoever that approaches my own line of country,
out of a somewhat fanatical desire to avoid the risk
of unconscious imitation.
- Leslie Charteris

For years that may mean imitation.
Then, one day, it is like a door opening,
and a new thought comes in.
Why not try this instead.
Suddenly he is doing something original,
almost in spite of himself.
- Lukas Foss

There are works of literature whose influence is strong
but indirect because it is mediated through the whole
of the culture rather than immediately through imitation.
Wordsworth is the case that comes to mind.
- J. M. Coetzee

I don't like traditions, I am very personal,
very independent, I don't like intimate ladies,
I mean in German lieder there's a lot of copy,
a lot of imitation, a lot of tradition,
and this I have put it aside.
- Victoria de los Angeles

I don't know if there is any one secret to successful writing,
but one important step is to move beyond imitation
and discover what you can write that no one else can -
that is,
find out who you are and write that in an appropriate narrative and style.
- James Gunn

Of course as children, we all, in all cultures and societies,
learn behavior from observation, imitation,
and encouragement of various kinds.
So by the suggestion made, we all 'pretend' most of the time.
- Gary Gygax

The Negroes have little invention, but strong powers of imitation,
so that they readily acquire mechanic arts.
They have a great talent for music, and all their external
senses are remarkably acute.
- Samuel George Morton

Probably I, like a lot of people, became a writer in
imitation of or in homage to the books I enjoyed.
When you're so captivated by something,
you think, could I do that? Hmm, let me try.
- Curtis Sittenfeld

Were I called on to define, very briefly,
the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of
what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.'
The mere imitation,
however accurate, of what is in Nature,
entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'
- Edgar Allan Poe

Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

May the world be kind to you,
and may your own thoughts be gentle upon yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Always be a first-rate version of yourself,
instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.
- Judy Garland

Take time to play!
Ask for what you want.
Laugh.
Live loudly.
Be avid.
Learn a new thing.
Be Yourself!
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Trust in the Light.
Darkness is not a force -
it is merely the absence of light.
Observe that when a light is brought to a dark place,
the darkness disappears.
Sadness is similar -
when joy is brought to suffering,
the sadness disappears.
Open yourself to the Light!
Hold back nothing,
Trust in the Light.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The snow goose need not bathe to make itself white.
Neither need you do anything but be yourself.
- Lao Tzu

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to cheer yourself
is to try to cheer someone else up.
- Mark Twain

This is my wish for you:
Comfort on difficult days,
Smiles when sadness intrudes,
Rainbows to follow the clouds,
Laughter to kiss your lips,
Sunsets to warm your heart,
Hugs when spirits sag,
Beauty for your eyes to see,
Friendships to brighten your being,
Faith so that you can believe,
Confidence for when you doubt,
Courage to know yourself,
Patience to accept the truth,
Love to complete your life.
- Anonymous


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