Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Copying

"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." - Anne Baxter

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another." -

"I love making, I love doing. I love being to the full, I love everything which is not sitting and watching and copying and dead at heart." - John Fowles, fully John Robert Fowles

"Painting from nature is not copying the object, it is realizing one's sensations." - Paul Cézanne

"Out in the sun, some painters are lined up. The first is copying nature, the second is copying the first, the third is copying the second... You see the sequence. " - Paul Gaugin, fully Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another." - Quentin Crisp, born Denis Charles Pratt

"The genes are the master programmers, and they are programming for their lives. They are judged according to the success of their programs in copying with all the hazards that life throws at their survival machines, and the judge is the ruthless judge of the court of survival." - Richard Dawkins

"Someone who butts in when you're talking and smugly provides the ending herself. Indeed anyone who butts in, be they child or adult, is most infuriating." - Sei Shōnagon

"Painting is the most beautiful of all arts. In it, all sensations are condensed, at its aspect everyone may create romance at the will of his imagination, and at a glance have his soul invaded by the most profound memories, no efforts of memory, everything summed up in one moment. Complete art which sums up all the others and completes them." -