100+ Best Originality Quotes: Exclusive Selection

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Famous Originality Quotes

Originality is a by-product of sincerity. — Marianne Moore

it is wiser to be conventionally immoral than unconventionally moral. It isn’t the immorality they object to, but the originality. — Ellen Glasgow

Originality is being different from oneself, not others. — Philip Larkin

The transposition that a painter makes with an original vision gives to the representation of nature a new interest. — Paul Cezanne

Great success in examinations does naturally not as a rule go with originality of thought. — Edward Carpenter

The original is unfaithful to the translation. — Jorge Luis Borges

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

Be yourself. The world worships the original. — Ingrid Bergman

If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’re not prepared to be original. — Ken Robinson

Originality is a thing we constantly clamour for, and constantly quarrel with. — Thomas Carlyle

U2 is an original species… there are colours and feelings and emotional terrain that we occupy that is ours and ours alone. — Bono

The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know. — Arthur Koestler

The multitude is always in the wrong. — Paulo Freire

Coming to the master is coming in search of your innocence, in search of your lost childhood, in search of your originality… in search of your individuality, in search of freedom. — Rajneesh

Young men and young women, full of courage, originality, and genius, are everywhere to be met with. — Frank Crowninshield

Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere. — Pablo Casals

Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory it too good. — Friedrich Nietzsche

Assimilate all you can from tradition and then say things in your own way. — John French Sloan

Begin with another’s to end with your own. — Baltasar Gracian

When I came up, it was all about originality and collective research. There is an awful lot of imitation going on now. — Steve Lacy

Utter originality is, of course, out of the question. — Ezra Pound

When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other. Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest. A society which gives unlimited freedom to the individual, more often than not attains a disconcerting sameness. — Eric Hoffer

When I was coming up, we weren’t trying to get a hit or get paid, we were just trying to do our thing. The only thing we were really trying to do was to be recognized for our originality. — Bootsy Collins

A great literary work can be completely, completely unpredictable. Which can sometimes make them very hard to read, but it gives them a great originality. — Yann Martel

Originality is a return to the origin. — Antoni Gaudi

We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. — Jean Guitton

Originality is independence, not rebellion; it is sincerity, not antagonism. — George Henry Lewes

I always try to improve, to find new ways of expressing myself, to keep looking for truth and originality. — Burt Lancaster

Only through immitation do we develop toward originality. — John Steinbeck

No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity. — Andre Maurois

Geniuses and prophets do not usually excel in professional learning, and their originality, if any, is often due precisely to the fact that they do not. — Joseph A. Schumpeter

Men often applaud an imitation and hiss the real thing. — Aesop

Creativity is the defeat of habit by originality. — Arthur Koestler

You’ve got to be original, because if you’re like someone else, what do they need you for? — Bernadette Peters

Mistakes are the only universal form of originality. — Mason Cooley

Anyone who attempts anything original in the world must expect a bit of ridicule. — Alberto Juantorena

Some people say I was very brave, but I really just didn’t know any better. All I had was my originality. — Buffy Sainte-Marie

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. — Voltaire

Originality thrives in seclusion free of outside influences — Nikola Tesla

There was a part of me that felt afraid of people in Hollywood going: ‘**** Hollywood with their total lack of originality!’. — Colin Farrell

A man is original when he speaks the truth that has always been known to all good men. — Patrick Kavanagh

Your turn has come to sift through the dreck of humanity for rare specks of originality — David Mitchell

The glass I drink from is not large, but at least it is my own. — Alfred de Musset

Turning popular opinion upside down does not make an original. — Franz Grillparzer

You were born God’s original. Try not to become someone’s copy. — Marian Wright Edelman

Originality is only variation. — Holbrook Jackson

Eccentricity is originality that leads nowhere. — Mason Cooley

Originality consists of returning to the origin. Thus, originality means returning, through one’s resources, to the simplicity of the early solutions. — Antoni Gaudi

A facility for quotation covers the absence of original thought. — Dorothy L. Sayers

Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility. — Charles Baudelaire

Originality is going back to origins. — Antoni Gaudi

Photography is a way of shouting, of freeing oneself, not of proving or asserting one’s own originality. It’s a way of life. — Henri Cartier-Bresson

There is no such thing as originality. It has all been said before, suffered before. If a person knows that, is it any wonder love becomes mechanical and death just a scene to be shunned? There is no absolute knowledge to be gained from either. Just another ride on the merry-go-round, another blurred scene of faces smiling and faces grieved. — Clive Barker

If they haven’t heard it before it’s original. — Gene Fowler

Originality is genius. If you respect and care for it, it will take you on the ride of your life. — Barbara Sher

Originality is really important. — Jim Carrey

In this world, one thing you should definitely strive for is originality. Just be who you are, and be your own person. That’s what will make you stand out. — Nolan Gould

Sometimes you have to be worn out and burnt out to become authentic and original. — Michael Eisner

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision. — Edith Wharton

That was the very centre of his genius – he invented things that anyone could have thought of, and men who can invent things that anyone could have thought of are very rare men. — Terry Pratchett

That one tickled. If electrocution is your way of flirting, I commend you on your originality. — Jeaniene Frost

Imposing an alleged uniform general method upon everybody breeds mediocrity in all but the very exceptional. And measuring originality by deviation from the mass breeds eccentricity in them. — John Dewey

Create your own method. Don’t depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you. — Constantin Stanislavski

Profundity and originality are attributes of single, if not singular, minds. — Edwin Land

Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe – you can’t take a taxi. — Alan Alda

We often mistake the original part of ourselves for a weakness. — Mason Cooley

A poor original is better than a good imitation. — Ella Wheeler Wilcox

It’s incumbent on good public servants to maintain their voices and originality of thinking. — Ronan Farrow

Enemies are often former or potential friends who have been denied – or think that they have been denied – something. — Idries Shah

Originality is no excuse for ignorance. — Fred Brooks

Whoever the master is whom you prefer, this must only be a directive for you. Otherwise you will never be anything but an imitator. — Paul Cezanne

Originality implies being bold enough to go beyond accepted norms. — Anthony Storr

To overestimate the originality of one’s thoughts is perhaps a less serious defect than being unaware of their newness. There is a more pronounced lack of sensitivity in underestimating (ourselves and others) than in overestimating. — Eric Hoffer

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

Originality finds the unexpected but inevitable next step. — Mason Cooley

The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality. — Conan O’Brien

Originality is in the eye of the beholder. — Mason Cooley

He has left off reading altogether, to the great improvement of his originality. — Charles Lamb

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes…. — Thomas Wentworth Higginson

The greater a man’s talents, the more marked his idiosyncracies. Yet in the provinces originality is considered perilously close to lunacy. — Honore de Balzac

Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves. — Jean Guitton

Every film has to be the next something else; originality isn’t celebrated because you can’t market it. — Nick Moran

Every true poet, I thought, must be original and originality a condition of poetic genius; so that each poet is like a species in nature (not an individuum genericum or specificum ) and can never recur. That nothing shd. be old or borrowed however cannot be. — Gerard Manley Hopkins

What is valuable is not new, and what is new is not valuable. — Daniel Webster

A mere copier of nature can never produce anything great. — Joshua Reynolds

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality. — John Stuart Mill

Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest. — Eric Hoffer

Because of this, originality consists in returning to the origin. — Antoni Gaudi

We are the ORIGIN of our art, its homeland. Viewed this way, ORIGINALITY is the process of remaining true to ourselves. — Julia Cameron

Originality is the only thing that counts. But the originator uses material and ideas that occur round him and pass through him. And out of his experience comes the original creation. — George Gershwin

Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of. — John Stuart Mill

Our originality shows itself most strikingly not in what we wholly originate but in what we do with that which we borrow from others. — Eric Hoffer

The incompatibility of aquacity with the erratic originality of genius. — James Joyce

Style; all who have it have have one thing: originality. — Diana Vreeland

As long as you can Houdini your way out of the Sisyphean constraints then originality happens. — David Mitchell

You come to Paris, you get true originality, and it’s wonderful. — Andre Leon Talley

Men are made by nature unequal. It is vain, therefore, to treat them as if they were equal. — James Anthony Froude

I, myself, was always recognized . . . as the “slow one” in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was . . . an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day. — Agatha Christie

My originality consists in putting the logic of the visible to the service of the invisible. — Odilon Redon

As a rule, I am very careful to be shallow and conventional where depth and originality are wasted. — Lucy Maud Montgomery

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