It is by imitation, far more than by precept, that we learn everything; and what we learn thus, we acquire not only more effectually, but more pleasantly.—This forms our manners, our opinions, our lives.
Insist on yourself; never imitate. Your own gift you can present every moment with the cumulative force of a whole life's cultivation; but of the adopted talent of another, you have only an extemporaneous half-possession. That which each can do best none but his Maker can teach him.
Imitators are a servile race.
Men are so constituted that every one undertakes what he sees another successful in, whether he has aptitude for it or not.
I hardly know so true a mark of a little mind as the servile imitation of others.
He who imitates evil always goes beyond the example that is set; he who imitates what is good always falls short.
Precepts are useful, but practice and imitation go far beyond them.—Hence the importance of watching early habits that they may be free from what is objectionable.
It is a poor wit who lives by borrowing the words, decisions, mien, inventions, and actions of others.
Man is an imitative creature, and whoever is foremost leads the herd.
Every kind of imitation speaks the person that imitates inferior to him whom he imitates, as the copy is to the original.
Imitation causes us to leave natural ways to enter into artificial ones; it therefore makes slaves.
We imitate only what we believe and admire.