Copying Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old copying quotes, copying sayings, and copying proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Copying one person is stealing. Copying ten is research.

Chet Atkins

Implementing best practice is copying yesterday; innovation is inventing tomorrow.

Paul Sloane

There are three types of biomimicry one is copying form and shape, another is copying a process, like photosynthesis in a leaf, and the third is mimicking at an ecosystem's level, like building a nature-inspired city.     

Janine Benyus

Copying is a part of flatter-ism. But being original is better than being a sequel.     

Anonymous

To copy a virtue in another is more copying than it is virtue. Try to learn what that virtue is based upon.

Idries Shah

Perhaps one of the most essential exercises in learning to paint is the copying of master works in the museums.

Igor Babailov

Copying opens your eyes to new possibilities, and new techniques but trying to fob it off as your own is quite another matter.     

Louise Bunn

Copies are just that, copies not the real thing. If one sets standards low enough, they are easily reached.

Shari Jones

Copying has been a time-honored means of learning how to do anything.

Gabriella Morrison

Copying is an art in itself, demanding the greatest technical ability, especially in watercolour. However well done, the copy invariably lacks that nascent, ineffable, but definite quality, provided by the furious enthusiasm with which an original is created, an essential spontaneity that defies reproduction.     

Walter J. Phillips

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.     

Edgar Degas

A meticulous virtual copy of the human brain would enable basic research on brain cells and circuits or computer-based drug trials.     

Henry Markram

Copying or cloning is not valid because it misses the whole point of art making.

Odette Nicholson

There must be a certain amount of imitation, copying, in outward technique, but when there is inward, psychological imitation surely we cease to be creative.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

Children imitate their parents, employees their managers.

Amit Kalantri

The great idea is the one that is either saleable or is worthy of imitation.     

Amit Kalantri

Copying isn’t particularly creative work. Being inspired by someone else’s idea to produce something new and different is creative work.     

Shia LaBeouf

Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer.

Shirley Polykoff

Copying is about reverse-engineering.     

Austin Kleon

To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame; to copy faults is want of sense

Charles Churchill

Copying is the highest form of flattery.     

Tito Sotto