| No man knows himself as an original.|
| They who have light in themselves will not revolve as satellites.|
| Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.|
| The originality of a subject is in its treatment.|
| What stories are new? All types of all characters march through all fables.|
| Great men are more distinguished by range and extent than by originality.|
| All thoughtful men are solitary and original in themselves.|
| The merit of originality is not novelty; it is sincerity. The believing man is the original man; whatsoever he believes, he believes it for himself, not for another.|
| Great things cannot have escaped former observation.|
| Be the first to say what is self-evident, and you are immortal.|
| If you would create something, you must be something.|
| Originality is the one thing which unoriginal minds cannot feel the use of.|
John Stuart Mill.
| Every man is an original and solitary character. None can either understand or feel the book of his own life like himself.|
| When Shakespeare is charged with debts to his authors, Landor replies: Yes, he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them to life.|
| Those writers who lie on the watch for novelty can have little hope of greatness; for great things cannot have escaped former observation.|
| One couldnt carry on life comfortably without a little blindness to the fact that everything has been said better than we can put it ourselves.|
| People are always talking about originality; but what do they mean? As soon as we are born, the world begins to work upon us; and this goes on to the end. And after all, what can we call our own, except energy, strength, and will? If I could give an account of all that I owe to great predecessors and contemporaries, there would be but a small balance in my favor.|
| Millions of people are provided with their thoughts as with their clothes; authors, printers, booksellers, and newsmen stand, in relation to their minds, simply as shoemakers and tailors stand to their bodies.|
G. A. Sala.
| The little mind who loves itself will write and think with the vulgar; but the great mind will be bravely eccentric, and scorn the beaten road, from universal benevolence.|
| I would rather be the author of one original thought than conqueror of a hundred battles. Yet moral excellence is so much superior to intellectual, that I ought to esteem one virtue more valuable than a hundred original thoughts.|
W. B. Clulow.
| Men have their intellectual ancestry, and the likeness of some one of them is forever unexpectedly flashing out in the features of a descendant, it may be after a gap of several centuries. In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past.|