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Plato NULL

All that is said by any of us can only be imitation and representation.

Imitation |

Ramakrishna, aka Ramakrishna Paramhamsa or Sri Ramakrishna, born Gadadhar Chattopadhyay NULL

It is true that one's spiritual feelings are awakened by looking at the picture of a sadhu. It is like being reminded of the custard-apple by looking at an imitation one, or like stimulating the desire for enjoyment by looking at a young woman. Therefore I tell you that you should constantly live in the company of holy men.

Desire | Enjoyment | Feelings | Imitation |

Robertson Davies

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Conduct | Imitation | Absurdity |

Rita Mae Brown

What's the point of being a lesbian if a woman is going to look and act like an imitation man?

Imitation | Woman |

Robert Bridges, fully Robert Seymour Bridges

There is a time in every man's education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; that imitation is suicide; that he must take himself for better, for worse, as his portion; that though the wide universe is full of good, no kernel of nourishing corn can come to him but through his toil bestowed on that plot of ground which is given to him to till. The power which resides in him is new in nature, and none but he knows what that is which he can do, nor does he know until he has tried.

Education | Envy | Imitation | Power | Time | Universe |

Saint Maximus the Confessor NULL

A crown of goodness (cf. Ps. 65:11) is a pure faith, adorned with eloquent doctrine, and with spiritual principles and intellections, as if with precious stones, and set as it were on the head of the devout intellect. Or rather, a crown of goodness is the Logos of God Himself, who encircles the intellect as if it were a head, protecting it with manifold forms of providence and judgment - that is, with mastery of the passions that lie within our control and with patient endurance of those we suffer against our will; and who makes this same intellect more beautiful by enabling it to participate in the grace of deification.

Anger | Good | Hate | Imitation | Lord |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

Almost every man wastes part of his life in attempts to display qualities which he does not possess, and gain applause which he cannot keep.

Conduct | Imitation | Absurdity |

Simone Weil

Consented obedience is what one concedes to an authority because one judges it to be legitimate. It is not possible in relation to a political power established by conquest or coup d'etat nor to an economic power based upon money. Liberty is the power of choice within the latitude left between the direct constraint of natural forces and the authority accepted as legitimate. The latitude should be sufficiently wide for liberty to be more than a fiction, but it should include only what is innocent and should never be wide enough to permit certain kinds of crime. The human soul has need of truth and of freedom of expression. The need for truth requires that intellectual culture should be universally accessible, and that it should be able to be acquired in an environment neither physically remote nor psychologically alien.

Imitation |

Stephen Charnock

All the prayers in the Scripture you will find to be reasoning with God, not a multitude of words heaped together.

Atheism | Folly | Imitation | Respect | Wisdom | World | Respect |

Stephen Sondheim, fully Stephen Joshua Sondheim

The worst thing you can do is censor yourself as the pencil hits the paper. You must not edit until you get it all on paper. If you can put everything down, stream-of-consciousness, you'll do yourself a service.

Imitation | Man | Style |

Theodore Dreiser, fully Theodore Herman Albert Dreiser

Words are but the vague shadows of the volumes we mean. Little audible links, they are, chaining together great inaudible feelings and purposes.

Imitation |

Thomas Paine

Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing.

Imitation | Thought | Will | Thought |

Wendell Phillips

To be fossilized is to be stagnant, unprogressive, dead, frozen into a solid. It is only liquid currents of thought that move men and the world.

Good | Imitation |

Walter Lippmann

An alliance is like a chain. It is not made stronger by adding weak links to it. A great power like the United States gains no advantage and it loses prestige by offering, indeed peddling, its alliances to all and sundry. An alliance should be hard diplomatic currency, valuable and hard to get, and not inflationary paper from the mimeograph machine in the State Department.

Genius | Glory | Imitation | Nothing | Time | Tradition |

W. H. Auden, fully Wystan Hugh Auden

If the most significant characteristic of man is the complex of biological needs he shares with all members of his species, then the best lives for the writer to observe are those in which the role of natural necessity is clearest, namely, the lives of the very poor.

Cost | Feelings | Imitation | Life | Life | Music |

Vitruvius, fully Marcus Vitruvius Pollio NULL

The word universe means the general assemblage of all nature, and it also means the heaven that is made up of the constellations and the courses of the stars.

Imitation |

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Neither in environment nor in heredity can I find the exact instrument that fashioned me, the anonymous roller that pressed upon my life a certain intricate watermark whose unique design becomes visible when the lamp of art is made to shine through life's foolscap.

Imitation | Individual | Inspiration | Land | Language | Light | Man | Means | Necessity | Reason | Submission | Time | Unique | Waste |

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Down you go, but all the while you feel suspended and buoyed as you somersault in slow motion like a somnolent tumbler pigeon, and sprawl supine on the eiderdown of the air, or lazily turn to embrace your pillow, enjoying every last instant of soft, deep, death-padded life, with the earth’s green see-saw now above, now below, and the voluptuous crucifixion, as you stretch yourself in the growing rush, in the nearing swish, and then your loved body’s obliteration in the Lap of the Lord.

Imitation | Work |

Vladimir Nabokov, fully Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov

Speak, Memory is strictly autobiographic. There is nothing autobiographic in Lolita.

Heart | Imitation | Nothing | Pride | Question | Will |