Originality Sayings and Quotes

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


It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.      

Herman Melville

The beauty is that through disappointment you can gain clarity, and with clarity comes conviction and true originality.      

Conan O'Brien

Be original. That's my best advice. You're going to find that there's something that you do well, and try to do it with as much originality as you can, and don't skimp on the words. Work on the words.      

Bob Seger

Originality is really important.     

Jim Carrey

Originality is simply a pair of fresh eyes.      

Thomas W. Higginson

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

Abraham Lincoln

Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.     

T.S. Eliot

Anymore, no one's mind is their own.     

Chuck Palahniuk

The unique must be fulfilled.     

Martha Graham

An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.     

Jean Cocteau

Always be a first rate version of yourself, instead of a second rate version of somebody else.     

Judy Garland

You were born an original. Don't die a copy.     

John Mason

Be what you are. This is the first step toward becoming better than you are.     

Julius Charles

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for something you are not.     

Andre Gide

Insist upon yourself. Be original.     

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Originality is the art of concealing your sources     

Benjamin Franklin

Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.     

Jean Guitton

Create your own method. Don't depend slavishly on mine. Make up something that will work for you! But keep breaking traditions, I beg you.     

Konstantin Stanislavisky

The man with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.     

Mark Twain

Originality is way overrated. To make, you need to take. All great artists do.     

Darby Bannard

I think one of the reasons I'm popular again is because I'm wearing a tie. You have to be different.     

Tony Bennett

Every individual has the potential to be original.     

Yogi Bhajan

Originality comes from just being true to ourselves and what we value about what we see.     

Melinda Collins

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision     

Edith Wharton

If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original.     

Sir Ken Robinson

Most people imitate others. You should be original, and whatever you do, do well.     

Paramahansa Yogananda

Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.     

James Stephens

Be original, be yourself. In trying to become like someone else, we are compromising our own self being. If we are not satisfied with our own self, can not find satisfaction anywhere. We should learn to keep our own self happy and remain happy under all circumstances in life. The key to being happy is a non-insisting mind, non-complaining mind, and a pure mind.     

Anil Sinha

Be the one who speaks out above the crowd when everyone else follows the norms.     

Ritu Ghatourey

A man's originality is not only the most beautiful, but the best personality of his life.     

Anuj Somany