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The original is unfaithful to the translation.

Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) Argentine writer, essayist, and poet.

The true is inimitable, the false untransformable.

Robert Bresson (1901-1999) French film director.

Everything has been said, and we have come too late, now that men have been living and thinking for seven thousand years and more.

Jean de la Bruyère (1645-1696) French satiric moralist.

When a work appears to be ahead of its time, it is only the time that is behind the work.

Jean Cocteau (1889-1963) French author and filmmaker.

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing.

Aesop (620 BC-560 BC) Greek fabulist.


I invent nothing, I rediscover.

Auguste Rodin (1840-1917) French sculptor.

All cases are unique and very similar to others.

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.

The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.

Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.

Begin with another's to end with your own.

Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) Spanish Philosopher, and Writer.

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 (1902-1983) American philosopher and author.