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Plagiarism quotes and quotations

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.
Albert Einstein

The seed ye sow, another reaps; The wealth ye find, another keeps; The robes ye weave, another wears; The arms ye forge, another bears.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Steal!--to be sure they may; and egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Don't worry about people stealing an idea. If it's original, you will have to ram it down their throats.
Howard Aiken


I don't like composers who think. It gets in the way of their plagiarism.
Howard Dietz

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
Paul Gauguin

They had their lean books with the fat of others' works.
Robert Burton

Take the whole range of imaginative literature, and we are all wholesale borrowers. In every matter that relates to invention, to use, or beauty or form, we are borrowers.
Wendell Phillips

Their writings are thoughts stolen from us by anticipation.
Alexis Piron

Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole; How here he sipp'd, how there he plunder'd snug, And suck'd all o'er like an industrious bug.
Alexander Pope

We can say nothing but what hath been said . . . Our poets steal from Homer . . . . Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best.
Robert Burton

Who, to patch up his fame--or fill his purse-- Still pilfers wretched plans, and makes them worse; Like gypsies, lest the stolen brat be known, Defacing first, then claiming for his own.
Charles Churchill

Because they commonly make use of treasure found in books, as of other treasure belonging to the dead and hidden underground; for they dispose of both with great secrecy, defacing the shape and image of the one as much as of the other.
Sir William Davenant

Perish those who said our good things before we did.
Aelius Donatus

When Shakespeare is charges with debts to his authors, Landor replies, "Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life." - Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted plagiary.
John Milton

He liked those literary cooks Who skim the cream of others' books; And ruin half an author's graces By plucking bon-mots from their places.
Hannah More

With him most authors steal their works, or buy; Garth did not write his own Dispensary.
Alexander Pope

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
John Milton

I recover my property wherever I find it.
Jean Baptiste Poquelin Moliere

Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service.
Michael Eyquen de Montaigne

It has come to be practically a sort of rule in literature, that a man, having once shown himself capable of original writing, is entitled thenceforth to steal from the writings of others at discretion.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

He that readeth good writers and pickes out their flowres for his own nose, is lyke a foole.
Stephen Gosson

When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre, He'd 'eard men sing by land an' sea; An' what he thought 'e might require, 'E went an' took--the same as me.
Rudyard Kipling

My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, "You are a thief."
Marcus Valerius Martial