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Most people go on living their everyday life: frightened, half indifferent, they behold the ghostly tragi-comedy that has been performed on the international stage before the eyes and ears of the world.
We are, in truth, more than a half of what we are by imitation.
When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other.
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.
There is a difference between imitating a good man and counterfeiting him.
Every man is a borrower and a mimic; life is theatrical and literature a quotation.
We do not imitate, but are a model to others.
The crow that mimics a cormorant gets drowned.
We love in others what we lack ourselves, and would be everything but what we are.
Immature poets imitate: mature poets steal.
Agesilaus, the Spartan king, was once invited to hear a mimic imitate the nightingale, but declined with the comment that he had heard the nightingale itself.
Fewer things are harder to put up with than the annoyance of a good example.
Imitation is the sincerest (form) of flattery.
It is impossible to imitate Voltaire without being Voltaire.
He who imitates what is evil always goes beyond the example that is set; on the contrary, he who imitates what is good always falls short.
A good imitation is the most perfect originality.


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