Originality Quotes

Most popular originality quotes

There is no new thing under the sun.
— Ecclesiastes 1:9


What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
Don't expect anything original from an echo.
— Quoted in “The 365 Great Quotes-a-Year Calendar”
The future of dance? If I knew I'd want to do it.
Born Originals, how comes it to pass that we die Copies?

conformity individuality

All good things which exist are the fruits of originality.


True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
The more original a discovery, the more obvious it seems afterward.


When there is an original sound in the world, it wakens a hundred echoes.
Originality is deliberate and forced, and partakes of the nature of a protest.


Everything has been thought of before, but the difficulty is to think of it again.
People who take time to be alone usually have depth, originality, and quiet reserve.
Nearly all our originality comes from the stamp that time impresses upon our sensibility.
Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
The prerequisite of originality is the art of forgetting, at the proper moment, what we know.


The principal mark of genius is not perfection but originality, the opening of new frontiers.

genius perfection

Originality is unexplored territory. You get there by carrying a canoe—you can't take a taxi.
My guess is that well over 80 percent of the human race goes through life without having a single original thought.
Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.
Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself.
If you do not express your own original ideas, if you do not listen to your own being, you will have betrayed yourself.

authenticity individuality

Originality is not seen in single words or even sentences. Originality is the sum total of a man's thinking or his writing.
The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman to a rose was obviously a poet; the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.


Most men grow old in a little groove of notions which they have not originated: perhaps there are fewer crooked minds than barren ones.
Originality exists in every individual because each of us differs from the others. We are all primary numbers divisible only by ourselves.
To go against the dominant thinking of your friends, of most of the people you see every day, is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.

critical thinking

If you have anything really valuable to contribute to the world, it will come through the expression of your own personality—that single spark of divinity that sets you off and makes you different from every other living creature.