Originality

Originality and the feeling of one's own dignity are achieved only through work and struggle.

We are what we are; we cannot be truly other than ourselves. We reach perfection not by copying, much less by aiming at originality, by constantly and steadily working out the life which is common to all, according to the character which God has given us.

There is nothing mysterious about originality, nothing fantastic. Originality is merely the step beyond.

People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work on us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will. If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries there would be but a small balance in my favor.

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

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

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences beating upon us to cripple the creative mind. Be alone - that is the secret of invention: be alone, that is when ideas are born.

Originality is the supreme evidence of genius.

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.

You will to believe that because you are an individual expression of God there is purpose, real and meaningful in your life, and you will to believe that to achieve this purpose you are also equipped with the talent and potential necessary for its achievement. Will to believe it!... It is the originality in each of us and not our uniformity which gives life its deepest meaning.

Originality usually amounts only to plagiarizing something unfamiliar.

Crisis demands dictatorship, centralization, concentration, obedience, and bias. Intercrisis permits concessions toward democracy, decentralization, dispersion, originality, and objectivity.

Cerebration is the enemy of originality in art.

Creativity is the retention throughout life of something that belongs properly to infant experience: the ability to create the world. . . . By creative living I mean not getting killed or annihilated all the time by compliance or by reacting to the world that impinges; I mean seeing everything afresh all the time… When we are surprised at ourselves we are being creative, and we find we can trust our own unexpected originality.

Originality is the essence of true scholarship. Creativity is the soul of the true scholar.

Originality is the art of concealing your sources.

The originality of a subject is in its treatment.

In proportion as our own mind is enlarged we discover a greater number of men of originality. Commonplace people see no difference between one man and another.

The more intelligent a man is, the more originality he discovers in men. Ordinary people see no difference between men.