Plagiarism Sayings and Quotes

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

Self-plagiarism is style.     

Alfred Hitchcock

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.     

Paul Gauguin

All originality and no plagiarism makes for dull preaching.     

Charles Spurgeon

If you plagiarize others' techniques, you steel their emotions and tell your spectators a lie with your work. Works as such equal zero.     

Wu Guan-Zhong

There is much difference between imitating a man and counterfeiting him.     

Benjamin Franklin

To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.     

Pablo Picasso

Nothing is said which has not been said before.     


Writers who copy or plagiarise others are dreaming in another man's sleep.     

Fennel Hudson

He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.     

John Dryden

Originality is undetected plagiarism.     

William Ralph Inge

If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition.     

Charles Caleb Colton

The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources.     

Albert Einstein

If you steal from one author it's plagiarism; if you steal from many it's research.     

Wilson Mizner

Stealing things is a glorious occupation, particularly in the art world.     

Malcolm McLaren

Plagiarism is the fear of a blank page.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it.     

Isidore Ducasse

Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Most plagiarists, like the drone, have neither taste to select, industry to acquire, nor skill to improve, but impudently pilfer the honey ready prepared, from the hive.     

Walter Colton

Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.     

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism; to steal from many is research.     

Steven Wright

Plagiarism brings on bad karma and may lead to reincarnation as a bad piece of art or, worse, a bad politician.     

Jacques Vesery

Everything is not tradition, it's plagiarism.     

Eugenio d'Ors

All work and no plagiarism makes a dull speech.     

Jacob Braude

It's not plagiarism in the digital age – it's repurposing.     

Kenneth Goldsmith

The low-grade plagiarism of popularity will never lead you to true contentment.     

T. D. Jakes

Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal.     

Lionel Trilling

The ethics of plagiarism have turned into the narcissism of small differences: because journalism cannot own up to its heavily derivative nature, it must enforce originality on the level of the sentence.     

Malcolm Gladwell

Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.     


Plagiarism is basic to all culture.     

Pete Seeger

Anticipatory plagiarism occurs when someone steals your original idea and publishes it a hundred years before you were born.     

Robert K. Merton