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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Weekend Words: Plagiarism

Federico Zuccaro, “Taddeo Zuccaro Copying the Antique Statues in Rome” (n.d.), pen and ink and wash, 183 x 425 mm, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (image via Web Gallery of Art)
Plagiarism is a word that has cropped up in the minds of many since the wife of the Republican nominee "borrowed" passages from the wife of the current Democratic president. Here are a few quotes on the subject:

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.
—Paul Gauguin 
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism
The only “ism” Hollywood believes in is plagiarism.
—Dorothy Parker 
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.
—Augusto Roa Bastos

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