"Keep on the lookout for novel ideas that others have used successfully. Your idea has to be original only in its adaption to the problem you're working on."
Thomas Edison (1847–1931), US inventor
Source: Quoted in A Kick in the Seat of the Pants (Roger von Oech, 1986)
"Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met."
Fran Lebowitz (1950–), US writer and columnist
Source: Social Studies (1981)
"Anyone who attempts anything original in the world must expect a bit of ridicule."
Alberto Juantorena (1950–), Cuban athlete and businessman
Source: Quoted in Quick Frozen Foods (March 1960)
"When people are free to do as they please, they usually imitate each other."
Eric Hoffer (1902–1983), US philosopher
Source: The Passionate State of Mind (1955)
"I have never avoided the influence of others. I would have considered this a cowardice and lack of sincerity toward myself."
Henri Matisse (1869–1954), French painter and sculptor
Source: Interview (1907)
"New opinions are always suspected, and usually opposed, without any other reason but because they are not already common."
John Locke (1632–1704), English philosopher and political thinker
Source: An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Dedicatory epistle
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants."
Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727), English mathematician and physicist
Source: Letter to Robert Hooke (February 5, 1675)
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