Originality Quotes - Page 2

“The small are always dependent on the great; they are “small” precisely because they think they are independent. The great thinker is one who can hear what is greatest in the work of other “greats” and who can transform it in an original manner.”

– Martin Heidegger

“In order to share one’s true brilliance one initially has to risk looking like a fool: genius is like a wheel that spins so fast, it at first glance appears to be sitting still.”

– Criss Jami

“An original writer is not one who imitates nobody, but one whom nobody can imitate.”

– François-René de Chateaubriand

“The unique must be fulfilled.”

– Martha Graham

“When you’re socially awkward, you’re isolated more than usual, and when you’re isolated more than usual, your creativity is less compromised by what has already been said and done. All your hope in life starts to depend on your craft, so you try to perfect it. One reason I stay isolated more than the average person is to keep my creativity as fierce as possible. Being the odd one out may have its temporary disadvantages, but more importantly, it has its permanent advantages.”

– Criss Jami

“When you have wit of your own, it’s a pleasure to credit other people for theirs.”

– Criss Jami

“An original idea. That can’t be too hard. The library must be full of them.”

– Stephen Fry

“Conform, go crazy, or become an artist.”

– Nancy Springer

“He: “Whale you be my valentine?” She: “Dolphinitely.”

– Adam Young

“Anymore, no one’s mind is their own.”

– Chuck Palahniuk

“Any fool can do something cool and look cool, but it takes skill to make something uncool cool again.”

– Criss Jami

“Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.”

– Abraham Lincoln

“Absurdity and anti—absurdity are the two poles of creative energy.”

– Karl Lagerfeld

“Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”

– Mary Shelley

“The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.”

– Blaise Pascal

“Only those with no memory insist on their originality.”

– Coco Chanel

“A poor original is better than a good imitation.”

– Ella Wheeler Wilcox

“Creative people are often found either disagreeable or intimidating by mediocrities.”

– Criss Jami

“I never set out to be weird. It was always other people who called me weird.”

– Frank Zappa

“When most of the greatest individuals in history were misunderstood and you’ve spent so much of your own adult life misunderstood, you can’t help but believe that the majority of people know very little worth knowing.”

– Criss Jami