A Quote by William Butler Yeats on ambition, balance, beginning, imitation, life, poetry, and water

I had still the ambition, formed in Sligo in my teens, of living in imitation of Thoreau on Innisfree, a little island in Lough Gill, and when walking through Fleet Street very homesick I heard a little tinkle of water and saw a fountain in a shop window which balanced a little ball upon its jet, and began to remember lake water. From the sudden remembrance came my poem Innisfree.

William Butler Yeats (1865 - 1939)

Source: The Trembling of the Veil

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A Quote by François Marie Arouet Voltaire on books, borrowing, communication, home, imitation, neighbors, originality, and writers

Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor's, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.

Voltaire (1694 - 1778)

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A Quote by Vigen Guroian on art, christianity, creation, day, death, earth, expectation, hope, imitation, paradise, and spirit

Let every Christian be a gardener so that he and she and the whole of creation, which groans in expectation of the Spirit's final harvest, may inherit Paradise. If we Christian's truly treasure the hope that one day we, like Adam and the penitent thief, will walk alongside the One who caused even the dead wood of the Cross to blossom with flowers, then we must also imitate the Master's art and make the desolate earth grow green.

Vigen Guroian

Source: Inheriting Paradise

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A Quote by unknown on behavior and imitation

Always imitate the behavior of the winners when you lose.


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A Quote by unknown on children, imitation, and parenthood

It distresses parents when children who should obey them, instead imitate them.


Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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A Quote by unknown on faults, imitation, men, and virtue

When we live habitually with the wicked, we become either their victim or their disciple; when we associate, with the virtuous men, we form ourselves in imitation of virtues, or at least some of their faults.


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A Quote by Steven Wright on imitation

What are imitation rhinestones?

Steven Wright (1955 -)

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A Quote by Sir Joshua Reynolds on imitation and mind

He who resolves never to ransack any mind but his own, will be soon reduced, from mere barrenness, to the poorest of all imitations; he will be obliged to imitate himself, and to repeat what he has before often repeated.

Sir Joshua Reynolds (1723 - 1792)

Source: To Royal Academy Students, 10 Dec. 1774

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A Quote by Dr. Samuel Johnson on imitation

Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.

Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784)

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A Quote by Salvador Dali on imitation

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989)

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