42+ Best Stealing Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Inspirational stealing quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Stealing Quotes

Good artists copy, great artists steal. – Pablo Picasso

If you steal something small you are a petty thief, but if you steal millions you are a gentleman of society. – Proverb

Lesser artists borrow, great artists steal. – Igor Stravinsky

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. – Lionel Trilling

Steal a little and they’ll put you in jail, steal a lot and they’ll make you king. – Bob Dylan

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. – T. S. Eliot

Good writers borrow from other writers. Great writers steal from them outright. – Aaron Sorkin

If you’re going to steal, steal from the best. – Woody Allen

You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. – Moses

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research. – Unknown

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. – Charles Caleb Colton

Somebody told me long ago that in acting, it’s okay to steal, just steal from the best. – Nathan Fillion

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

It’s not stealing, it’s retrieving. – Mora Early

Gary Oldman is impossible to steal a movie from. He’s such a great actor. – Kevin Bacon

I think all comics borrow from each other. Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn’t one of them. In the end, I couldn’t figure out who to steal from, so I stopped doing it. – Steve Buscemi

Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world. – Malcolm Mclaren

If you don’t get caught, you deserve everything you steal. – Daniel Nayeri

The only way you can get good unless you’re a genius is to copy. That’s the best thing. Just steal. – Ritchie Blackmore

The number one rule of thieves is that nothing is too small to steal. – Jimmy Breslin

It’s nice to sometimes get things out of life, rather than stealing from other artists. I’m trying to steal from the real people. – John Hawkes

Stealing is always wrong, but stealing paintings in an elaborate way is a little like stealing bread to feed your family. It’s stealing bread to feed the world’s daydreams about becoming an art thief. – Ben Mathis-Lilley

There’s no shame in stealing – any actor who says he doesn’t is lying. You steal from everything. – Benedict Cumberbatch

I steal from every movie ever made. – Quentin Tarantino

There’s a lot for screenwriters to steal from songwriters, in terms of getting to the point. – Paul Thomas Anderson

Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is nonexistent. – Jim Jarmusch

Stealing isn’t so easy, often it’s hard work, otherwise we’d all be doing it. – Elfriede Jelinek

A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard-by stealing what he has a taste for and can carry off. – Archibald MacLeish

I don’t want to steal anybody’s story. I very much want to use the stories that I hear to get lost in my mind, to tell a larger story. – David Levithan

People see the ‘steal’ and they forget the ‘like an artist’ part. – Austin Kleon

Stealing has always been a way of redistributing wealth. – John Conyers

You don’t want to steal the style, you want to steal the thinking behind the style. You don’t want to look like your heroes. You want to see like your heroes. – Austin Kleon

Don’t sell yourself short. No one will value you. Set a fair price for you, your book, your services, whatever it is that you have to offer. Most of us set way too low a price. Put it a little higher than you would normally be inclined to do. Stealing things is a glorious occupations, particularly in the art world. – Malcolm McLaren

The worst that can happen is someone will come along and steal it. – John Kremer

They copied all they could follow but they couldn’t copy my mind so I left them sweating and stealing a year and a half behind – Rudyard Kipling

If you have to lie, cheat, steal, obstruct and bully to get your point across, it must not be a point capable of surviving on its own merits. – Steven Weber

He who steals a little steals with the same wish as he who steals much, but with less power. – Plato

If you ever have the good fortune to create a great advertising campaign, you will soon see another agency steal it. This is irritating, but don’t let it worry you; nobody has ever built a brand by imitating somebody else’s advertising. – David Ogilvy

Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats. – Howard Aiken

One can steal ideas, but no one can steal execution or passion. – Tim Ferriss

I would like to make a toast to lying, stealing, cheating and drinking. If you’re going to lie, lie for a friend. If you’re going to steal, steal a heart. If your going to cheat, cheat death. And if you’re going to drink, drink with me. – Unknown

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