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IMITATION
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[ Also see Affectation Emulation Example Fashion Flattery Hypocrisy Individuality Originality Plagiarism ]

If you live with a cripple, you will learn to limp.
      - Plutarch

An imitative creature is man; whoever is foremost, leads the herd.
  [Ger., Der Mensch ist ein nachahmendes Geschopf.
    Und wer Vorderste ist, fuhrt die Heerde.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Wallenstein's Tod (III, 4, 9)

Imitation causes us to leave natural ways to enter into artificial ones; it therefore makes slaves.
      - Alexandre Rodolphe Vinet

A good imitation is the most perfect originality.
      - Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire)

Imitation forms our manners, our opinions, our very lives.
      - John Weiss

Paradoxically though it may seem, it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life.
      - Oscar Wilde (Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde)

Some imitation is involuntary and unconscious.
      - Robert Aris Willmott


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