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“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity.”
“Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.”
“Be regular and orderly in your life, so that you may be violent and original in your work.”
“The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.”
“The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.”
“Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.”
“The writer of originality, unless dead, is always shocking, scandalous; novelty disturbs and repels.”
Simone de Beauvoir
“As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted.”
Lucy Maud Montgomery
“An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.”
“Some writers confuse authenticity, which they ought always to aim at, with originality, which they should never bother about.”
W. H. Auden
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