35 Quotes About Copying People


The natural means of imitating everything you see starts in our childhood. It is one of the best ways to learn from others. These quotes about copying people serve as just another method and testament of what it is like to do the same thing as the other person.

“An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.”

“Be yourself because an original is worth more than just a copy.”

“Copy, art, and typography should be seen as a living entity; each element integrally related, in harmony with the whole, and essential to the execution of an idea.”

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

“I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame.”

“I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself.”

“I didn’t try to copy my dad or fit into the pressure or the mold that everybody tried to make me fit into.”

“I enjoy punk, the attitude as well as the music, but I don’t feel like I have to be a carbon copy of it and invite all this controversy just to be punk rock.”

“I enjoy self-publishing & sending publishers rejection letters. They’re like, ‘Who is this guy?’ And I’m like, ‘the end of your industry.”

“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at – not copy it.”

“I want to evolve each season. I never want to be one of those brands where people know what they’re going to see. I always want an element of surprise. One thing I never want to do is copy what anybody else is doing. I have a signature, and it’s very important to me to stay true to that.”

“I wear the same outfit or, at least, a different copy of it almost every day.”

“If you copy then it is not self-expression.”

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

“It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.”

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”

“I’ve never really tried to copy anyone; I like to have my own style.”

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

“One reason you should not use web applications to do your computing is that you lose control. It’s just as bad as using a proprietary program. Do your own computing on your own computer with your copy of a freedom-respecting program. If you use a proprietary program or somebody else’s web server, you’re defenceless.”

“People are going to copy your product if you build great stuff. Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t make it Google.”

“People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn’t copy my style from anybody.”

“People seldom improve when they have no model but themselves to copy after.”

“Stay true to yourself. An original is worth more than a copy.”

“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.”

“The friends I knew who tutored were well paid for work that seemed far less grueling than waitressing or late-night newspaper copy editing or all the other side gigs I attempted in my early twenties.”

“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

“Traditional copyright has been that you can’t make a full copy of somebody’s work without their permission.”

“Unless someone wants to look funny, I’ll not recommend anyone to copy my bowling action. But on a serious note, with the confidence that I have got from the amount of runs I have been scoring, when I’m thrown the ball to bowl, I am pretty sure of what I have to do. I may not be the most attractive to watch while bowling, but I can be effective.”

“When a company identifies how to integrate the processes needed to give the consumer a sense of job completion, it can blow away the competition. A product is easy to copy, but experiences are very hard to replicate.”

“When a thing has been said and said well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.”

“When you draw or paint a tree, you do not imitate the tree; you do not copy it exactly as it is, which would be mere photography. To be free to paint a tree or a flower or a sunset, you have to feel what it conveys to you: the significance, the meaning of it.”

“You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.”

“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.”

“You were born an original work of art. Stay original always. Originals cost more than imitations.”

The art of imitating is something that has spurred on industries of innovation and more.

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