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Originality is the only thing that counts. But the originator uses material and ideas that occur round him and pass through him. And out of his experience comes the original creation.
— George Gershwin —

We can never be entirely original, as artists or as people. The genius and vision of those who came before us is too great for us to digress from entirely. Though, as creatures that are compelled to test and surpass our own creative abilities, we must always strive for that originality in everything we do in order to move the world forward.

— Jessica Lave

Conformism and non-conformism are symmetrical expressions of a lack of originality.

— Nicolas (Gomez) Davila

If we were all to sit in a circle and confess our sins, we would laugh at each other for lack of originality. -Kahlil Gibran

— Kahlil Gibran

Let us be quite clear that the ideal is a paradox. Most of us, having grown up among the ruins of the chivalrous tradition, were taught in our youth that a bully is always a coward. Our first week at school refuted this lie, along with its corollary that a truly brave man is always gentle. It is a pernicious lie because it misses the real novelty and originality of the medieval demand upon human nature. Worse still, it represents as a natural fact something which is really a human ideal, nowhere fully attained, and nowhere attained at all without arduous discipline. It is refuted by history and Experience. Homer's Achilles knows nothing of the demand that the brave should also be the modest and the merciful. He kills men as they cry for quarter or takes them prisoner to kill them at leisure.

— C.S. Lewis

Originality implies being bold enough to go beyond accepted norms.

— Anthony Storr

Ice dance should not be seen as a rigid conformist form of figure skating. There is a great deal of freedom and originality to be had.

— Robin Cousins

Writing that flirts with incoherence can just as readily flounder as writing characterized by simplicity and composure. There is no reliable formula for originality, and strategies that are distinguished as innovative in their first incarnation can quickly become stale in the hands of lesser artists.

— Joanna Scott

I love romantic comedies. I like to watch them and I like to be in them. It's something that's increasingly difficult to find that spark of originality that makes if different than the ones that come before.

— Julia Roberts

An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today's society.

— Leatrice Eiseman

Pearl Harbor is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on December 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle. Its centerpiece is 40 minutes of redundant special effects, surrounded by a love story of stunning banality. The film has been directed without grace, vision, or originality, and although you may walk out quoting lines of dialog, it will not be because you admire them.

— Roger Ebert

For my part, it is difficult for me to say what I owe to Ramanujan - his originality has been a constant source of suggestion to me ever since I knew him, and his death is one of the worst blows I have ever had.

— G.H. Hardy

There was a part of me that felt afraid of people in Hollywood going: '**** Hollywood with their total lack of originality!'.

— Colin Farrell

I really do not aim at any originality.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Following Korzybski , I put things in probabilities, not absolutes ... My only originality lies in applying this zetetic attitude outside the hardest of the hard sciences, physics , to softer sciences and then to non-sciences like politics , ideology , jury verdicts and, of course, conspiracy theory .

— Robert Anton Wilson

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