Larceny vs Inspiration

A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.  — T.S.Eliot

Every idea is a juxtaposition. That’s it. A juxtaposition of existing concepts.  — Steven Grant

If you steal from one author, it’s plagiarism; if you steal from many, it’s research.  — Wilson Mizner

All writing is in fact cut-ups. A collage of words read heard overheard. What else?  — William S. Burroughs

It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.  — Jean-Luc Godard

Plagiarism is basic to all culture. — Pete Seeger

Bad artists copy, good artists steal. — Pablo Picasso

Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new at all. — Abraham Lincoln

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing. — Salvador Dali

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[Most advertisers] worship at the altar of creativity, which really means originality — the most dangerous word in the lexicon of advertising. — David Ogilvy

It’s only creative if it sells. — David Ogilvy

You will never win fame and fortune unless you invent big ideas. It takes a big idea to attract the attention of consumers and get them to buy your product. Unless your advertising contains a big idea, it will pass like a ship in the night. Big ideas come from the unconscious. This is true in art, in science, and in advertising. But your unconscious has to be well informed, or your idea will be irrelevant. Stuff your conscious mind with information, then unhook your rational thought process. — David Ogilvy

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