quote by Steven Wright

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

— Steven Wright

Valuable Plagiarism quotations

Man is an idiot. He doesn't know how to do anything without copying, without imitating, without plagiarizing, without aping. It might even have been that man invented generation by coitus after seeing the grasshopper copulate.

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

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

Cheating on a quiz show? That's sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip.

Composers shouldn't think too much - it interferes with their plagiarism.

Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.

What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.

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

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

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

Graphic designers should be literate in graphic design history.

Being able to design well is not always enough. Knowing the roots of design is necessary to avoid reinvention, no less inadvertent plagiarism.

Anything that is not autobiography is plagiarism.

It seems to me that on one page I recognized a portion of an old diary of mine which mysteriously disappeared shortly after my marriage, and, also, scraps of letters which, though considerably edited, sound to me vaguely familiar. In fact, Mr. Fitzgerald (I believe that is how he spells his name) seems to believe that plagiarism begins at home.

If I did what has already been done, I would be a plagiarist and would consider myself unworthy; so I do something different and people call me a scoundrel. I'd rather be a scoundrel than a plagiarist!

All originality and no plagiarism makes for dull preaching.

In presidential campaign I released a 65-page file from the Syracuse University College of Law that showed poor grades, back in college, also. If I were plagiarizing consistently, my grades would have been better.

Taking things from one source is plagiarism; taking things from several sources is research.

Originality is undetected plagiarism.

I am now to offer some thoughts upon that sameness or familiarity which we frequently find between passages in different authors without quotation. This may be one of three things either what is called Plagiarism, or Imitation, or Coincidence.

After some time passed in studying - and even imitating - the works of others, I would recommend the student to endeavour to be original, and to remember that originality should not be undiscovered plagiarism.

In a way, fraud in business is no different from infidelity in marriage or plagiarism in scholarly work. Even people committed to high moral standards succumb.

Originality, I fear, is too often only undetected and frequently unconscious plagiarism.

The bees pillage the flowers here and there but they make honey of them which is all their own; it is no longer thyme or marjolaine: so the pieces borrowed from others he will transform and mix up into a work all his own.

As for piracy, I love to be pirated. It is the greatest compliment an author can have. The wholesale piracy of Democracy was the single real triumph of my life. Anyone may steal what he likes from me.

Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.

Once you get into the world of dystopia, it's hard to avoid plagiarism, because other people have had such powerful visions.

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.

plagiarism, n. A literary coincidence compounded of a discreditable priority and an honorable subsequence.

Plagiarism is always the biggest thing in Hollywood.

I think the line between "inspiration" and "plagiarism" is often so thin, that you risk falling into the latter one.

The relation between life and literature - a final antimony - is one of mutual plagiarism.

Plagiarize! Plagiarize, Let no one else's work evade your eyes, Remember why the good Lord made your eyes, So don't shade your eyes, But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize... Only be sure always to call it please "research".

Clever people can copy the handwriting of an artist - it's like forging a person's signature.

Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service.