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To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism, to steal ideas from many is research.

Wilson Mizner Quotes

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I recover my property wherever I find it. [Fr., Je reprends mon bien ou je le trouve.]

Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere Quotes , Source: Les Fourberies de Scapin, Cyrano de Bergerac used a scene in "Pedant Joue" communicated to him by Mo

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He that readeth good writers and pickes out their flowres for his own nose, is lyke a foole.

Stephen Gosson Quotes , Source: In the School of Abuse--Loyterers

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Steal!--to be sure they may; and egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan Quotes , Source: The Critic (act I, sc. 1)

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Fine words! I wonder where you stole 'em. [Lat., Libertas et natale solum.]

Jonathan Swift Quotes , Source: said about Chief Justice Whitshed's motto for his coach

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They had their lean books with the fat of others' works.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

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Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Iconoclastes (XXIII)

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Take the whole range of imaginative literature, and we are all wholesale borrowers. In every matter that relates to invention, to use, or beauty or form, we are borrowers.

Wendell Phillips Quotes , Source: Lecture--The Lost Arts

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We can say nothing but what hath been said . . . Our poets steal from Homer . . . . Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.

Robert Burton Quotes , Source: Anatomy of Melancholy--Democritus to the Reader

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When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre, He'd 'eard men sing by land an' sea; An' what he thought 'e might require, 'E went an' took--the same as me.

Rudyard Kipling Quotes , Source: Barrack-Room Ballads--Introduction

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When Shakespeare is charges with debts to his authors, Landor replies, "Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson,

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Letters and Social Aims--Quotation and Originality

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To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic

Pablo Picasso Quotes

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Who, to patch up his fame--or fill his purse-- Still pilfers wretched plans, and makes them worse; Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known, Defacing first, then claiming for his own.

Charles Churchill Quotes , Source: The Apology (l. 232)

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Because they commonly make use of treasure found in books, as of other treasure belonging to the dead and hidden underground; for they dispose of both with great secrecy, defacing the shape and image of the one as much as of the other.

Sir William Davenant Quotes , Source: Gondibert--Preface

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The Plagiarism of orators is the art, or an ingenious and easy mode, which some adroitly employ to change, or disguise, all sorts of speeches or their own composition, or that of other authors, for their pleasure, or their utility; in such a manner that it becomes impossible even for the author himself to recognize his own work, his own genius, and his own style, so skillfully shall the whole be disguised. - Isaac D'Israeli,

Isaac D'Israeli Quotes , Source: Curiosities of Literature--Professors of Plagiarism and Obscurity

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Perish those who said our good things before we did. [Lat., Pereant qui ante nos nostra dixerent.]

Aelius Donatus Quotes , Source: Commentary on Ecclesiastes (ch. I), according to St. Jerome, referring to the words of Terence

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It has come to be practically a sort of rule in literature, that a man, having once shown himself capable of original writing, is entitled thenceforth to steal from the writings of others at discretion.

Ralph Waldo Emerson Quotes , Source: Shakespeare

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My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, "You are a thief."

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 53)

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Why, simpleton, do you mix your verses with mine? What have you to do, foolish man, with writings that convict you of theft? Why do you attempt to associate foxes with lions, and make owls pass for eagles? Though you had one of Ladas's legs, you would not be able, blockhead, to run with the other leg of wood.

Marcus Valerius Martial Quotes , Source: Epigrams (bk. X, ep. 100)

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For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted plagiary.

John Milton Quotes , Source: Iconoclastes (XXIII)

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The bees pillage the flowers here and there but they make honey of them which is all their own; it is no longer thyme or marjolaine: so the pieces borrowed from others he will transform and mix up into a work all his own. [Fr., Les abeilles pillotent deca dela les fleurs; mais elles en font aprez le miel, qui est tout leur; ce n'est plus thym, ny marjolaine: ainsi les pieces empruntees d'aultruy, il les transformera et confondra pour en faire un ouvrage tout sien.]

Michael Eyquen de Montaigne Quotes , Source: Essays (bk. I, ch. XXV)

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Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service.

Michael Eyquen de Montaigne Quotes , Source: Essays--Of Physiognomy

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He liked those literary cooks Who skim the cream of others' books; And ruin half an author's graces By plucking bon-mots from their places.

Hannah More Quotes , Source: Florio, the Bas Blue

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Their writings are thoughts stolen from us by anticipation. [Fr., Leurs ecrits sont des vois qu'ils nous ont faite d'avance.]

Alexis Piron Quotes , Source: La Metromanie (III, 6)

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Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole; How here he sipp'd, how there he plunder'd snug, And suck'd all o'er like an industrious bug.

Alexander Pope Quotes , Source: The Dunciad (bk. I, l. 127)

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