Originality Quotes, Sayings about being original

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

There are a great many sins in this world, none of them original.
– Richard Russo

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy.
– Marian Wright Edelman

I am not an originator but a transmitter.

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


Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality.
– Arthur Koestler

The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man.
Thomas Carlyle

Imitation, if noble and general, insures the best hope of originality.
– Edward G Bulwer- Lytton

You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for?
– Bernadette Peters

An envious heart can’t be original.
Toba Beta

A poor original is better than a good imitation.
– Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
– James Stephens

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.
– Thomas W Higginson

Originality is merely an illusion.
– MC Escher

Should we all confess our sins to one another we would all laugh at one another for our lack of originality.
Kahlil Gibran

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