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There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.

Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) American statesman, scientist and philosopher.

What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment.

Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and lecturer.

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) British poet, critic, and philosopher.

Plagiarists at least have the quality of preservation.

Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) British politician and author.

He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

Genius Borrows nobly.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.

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

Anatole France (1844-1924) French writer.

Nothing is said which has not been said before.

Terence (195/185 BC-159 BC) Playwright of the Roman Republic.