quotations about originality
I'll develop my own image. I'm an original man. A one and only. I just need some help.
SAM SHEPARD, The Tooth of Crime
Originality is the best form of rebellion.
MIKE SASSO, Being Human
Since Eden's freshness and man's fall, no rose has been original.
THOMAS BAILEY ALDRICH, "Originality"
An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them.
STEPHEN FRY, The Liar
Originality is simply a fresh pair of eyes; if you want to astonish the world, tell the simple truth.
T. W. HIGGINSON, attributed, Day's Collacon
The painter with an original vision is always opposed by the schools. That is, at first. But when he wins out, then the schools merely take over his technique and use it as a club to put down the next creator. And so it goes.
HORACE HOLLEY, Pictures
The truly original mind is forever finding new things in the old. The greatest quality of originality is that it perceives something that has been staring all the time into the unseeing eyes of mankind.
ANONYMOUS, "Chasing the Goose Originality", The Linotype Bulletin, November/December 1921
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that the time impresses upon our sensibility.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, "The Painter of Modern Life"
A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought.
DOROTHY L. SAYERS, Gaudy Night
The very best kind of originality is that which comes after a sound apprenticeship: it is that which shall prove to be the blending of a firm conception of all useful precedent and the progressive tendencies of an able mind.
ANONYMOUS, Monotype, May/June 1917
A poor original is better than a good imitation.
ELLA WHEELER WILCOX, Men, Women and Emotions
It takes a courageous fool to say things that have not been said and to do things that have not been done.
CRISS JAMI, Venus in Arms
Originality is another criterion of aesthetic value. We may formulate an originality principle, according to which highly valuable works of art provide hitherto unavailable insights.... Notice that, although originality is a necessary condition of high aesthetic value, it is far from a sufficient condition. Many original works have little or no aesthetic value. An artwork may present a novel but uninteresting perspective, or one that is original but wrong.
JAMES O. YOUNG, Art & Knowledge
That which is original creates a new origin. That which is original, by definition, must stray off the previously worn paths. It must wander; it must err.
BLAKE CHARLTON, Spellwright
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
JEAN COCTEAU, Le Rappel a l'Ordre
Originality is what distinguishes art from craft. It is the yardstick of artistic greatness.
HORST W. JANSON, History of Art: The Western Tradition
Perhaps our originality manifests itself most strikingly in what we do with that which we did not originate. To discover something wholly new can be a matter of chance, of idle tinkering, or even of the chronic dissatisfaction of the untalented.
ERIC HOFFER, Reflections on the Human Condition
All effort at originality must end either in the quaint or the monstrous. For no man knows himself as an original; he can only believe it on the report of others.
WASHINGTON ALLSTON, Lectures on Art and Poems
More than a rejection or dissolution of the past, avant-garde originality is conceived as a literal origin, a beginning from ground zero, a birth.
ROSALIND E. KRAUSS, The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths
Give up on trying to be original. Every song has been sung, every picture has been painted, and every story has been told. The best one can do is sing, draw, or tell it again well.
EVAN MANDERY, Q: A Novel