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  • "It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to."
    Jean-Luc Godard (1930–), Swiss-French film director, screenwriter, and critic
    Source: Quoted in MovieMaker (October 20, 2005)
  • "Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that … fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light, and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent."
    Jim Jarmusch (1953–), US film director and screenwriter
    Source: MovieMaker (October 20, 2005)
  • "Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on."
    Thomas Edison (18471931), US inventor
    Source: Quoted in A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (Roger von Oech, 1986)
  • "Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met."
    Fran Lebowitz (1950–), US writer and columnist
    Source: Social Studies (1981)
  • "Anyone who attempts anything original in the world must expect a bit of ridicule."
    Alberto Juantorena (1950–), Cuban athlete and businessman
    Source: Quoted in Quick Frozen Foods (March 1960)
  • "When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
    Eric Hoffer (19021983), US philosopher
    Source: The Passionate State of Mind (1955)
  • "I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered this a cowardice and lack of sincerity toward myself."
    Henri Matisse (18691954), French painter and sculptor
    Source: Interview (1907)
  • "New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
    John Locke (16321704), English philosopher and political thinker
    Source: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Dedicatory epistle
  • "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
    Sir Isaac Newton (16421727), English mathematician and physicist
    Source: Letter to Robert Hooke (February 5, 1675)

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