Top 232 Copy Quotes of 2020

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“The more dollars the studio producers put in, the less freedom we have. If the budget hits $100m, they get scared – they’ll take the existing score of a successful movie and expect composers to copy it, like wallpaper. The biggest challenge for any composer in Hollywood is to be as creative as possible within those boundaries.”

― A. R. Rahman

“I’ve planned book tours for myself, whether or not anybody wants to hear what I have to say. I’ve weighed in on things like what the cover looks like, what the copy looks like, how it’s going to be promoted – just every aspect of it.”

― Adam Mansbach

“When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.”

― Anatole France

“I’m not going to go to the local theater to spend $12… when I can get a screening copy of a film. I don’t get screeners myself, but I can borrow from my friends or go to their house to watch.”

― Andre Leon Talley

“Scoring from a dead-ball brings me massive satisfaction. It sets me up as an example for other players to follow, copy, and perhaps even emulate over the course of time. For them, I’m a Juninho Pernambucano 2.0, a Brazilian with a Brescia accent.”

― Andrea Pirlo

“Even Obama’s staunchest supporters are starting to leave him. Last week Michelle Obama demanded to see a copy of his birth certificate.”

― Ann Coulter

“I read round the subject, I make a skeleton outline, and then I start work in the relevant archives. During the marshaling of the material, I copy the material from each archive file across to the relevant chapter in the skeleton outline.”

― Antony Beevor

“I’d rather do my own performance than copy someone else’s.”

― Arthur Darvill

“I rely on swing to get wickets, and I continue to do it that way. I have never tried to copy others.”

― Bhuvneshwar Kumar

“Machines aren’t replacing proofreaders at all. Copy editors, who proofread and much, much more, use spellcheck as a tool but read every word that appears in the paper.”

― Bill F. Walsh

“If any sort of error is inexcusable, it’s an incorrect phone number. One of the cardinal rules of copy editing is that every phone number published must be checked.”

― Bill F. Walsh

“Writers’ bedtimes vary, but few have been spared the shock of a copy editor’s early wake-up call.”

― Bill F. Walsh

“The thing about HD-DVD that is attractive to Microsoft is that it’s very pro-consumer in letting you copy all movies up onto the hard disk.”

― Bill Gates

“I was determined to carve out a music of my own. I didn’t want to copy anybody.”

― Bill Monroe

“Sometimes it’s flattering when people copy you, but sometimes it gets to a breaking point.”

― Billie Eilish

“You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.”

― Billie Holiday

“I got a job working at a publishing company, Balmur Music, which was a company that Anne Murray was a co-owner in, as a tape copy guy. Eventually, I got fired from that job.”

― Blake Shelton

“Elvis is not so difficult as Johnny Cash because his voice is so distinctive. If you try to copy Johnny Cash, it’s just going to sound dumb.”

― Brian Setzer

“My sisters were teenagers when I was born, so the last thing they wanted was a little nappy-headed boy running around. I would imitate them or copy things off TV.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“I grew up doing all that stuff because I was obsessed with the ’50s. I had sock hops for birthday parties. So I’ve always done The Twist and stuff. It was pretty natural and, with my parents doing it all the time, I’d just copy them. Not very pretty.”

― Brittany Snow

“There’s an entire flight simulator hidden in every copy of Microsoft Excel 97.”

― Bruce Schneier

“There was no one in particular I really tried to copy.”

― Caroline Corr

“I had a writing professor at Brandeis who told me I’d never make it – and when I sold my first novel a few years later, I sent him a copy!”

― Caroline Leavitt

“The greatest compliment that anyone can pay me is that after I say something, they remember it. I’ll go over a piece of copy until I’ve gotten the essence of what the writer had in mind – every nuance.”

― Casey Kasem

“You can’t just copy someone. There are so many different styles that you can just kind of pick and choose whatever it is you’d like to do.”

― Cesaro

“I’ve earned my living in all sorts of terrible ways – as a janitor, a copy editor, a psychotherapist.”

― Chad Harbach

“My colleagues and I would spend a lot of our own money on copy paper and pencils, and often we couldn’t get the resources that would excite our students about learning.”

― Charles Best

“To copy beauty forfeits all pretense to fame; to copy faults is want of sense.”

― Charles Churchill

“I most definitely would not buy the ‘Daily Mail,’ which pours a kind of livid torpor into the eyelids of the average Brit – I skimmed through a copy recently and couldn’t believe the rubbish in it.”

― Charles Hazlewood

“For a while there, I was a stringer. The expression comes from the old habit of stringing together the column inches that you had written. They’d measure it and pay you 10 cents an inch for your printed copy.”

― Charles Kuralt

“I can’t write. I can handle bits of simple-minded advert copy or a poster slogan, so answering questions is about all I’m good for.”

― Charles Saatchi

“Every year, I give my dad an advance copy of my latest book. He reads it over the next several nights and says something incredibly supportive. Then he clears his throat nervously and changes the subject.”

― Chelsea Cain

“You must be one of the few people with a copy of that. I don’t think they printed too many.”

― Chow Yun-Fat

“I’m a fan of Otis Redding. I’ve sat around trying to copy some of his phrasing and learn from him, but it kinda falls short.”

― Chris Carmack

“Go out and find a copy of ‘The Shrinking Of Treehorn’ and its sequel, ‘Treehorn’s Treasure.’ Written by Florence Parry Heide and illustrated by the great Edward Gorey, master of the gothic and the macabre, these books are small masterpieces.”

― Chris Riddell

“Knowledge is what we get when an observer, preferably a scientifically trained observer, provides us with a copy of reality that we can all recognize.”

― Christopher Lasch

“People have an idol they want to be like and try to follow what the idols did. But when you do, you find out you’re not very successful and you’re not very happy. You try to copy these models, and it doesn’t yield successful results.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“When a company identifies how to integrate the processes needed to give the consumer a sense of job completion, it can blow away the competition. A product is easy to copy, but experiences are very hard to replicate.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“I’m not sure why anybody makes a physical CD anymore when the costs are so much lower to just throw it up on iTunes. And it doesn’t seem that making a hard copy of something prevents pirating any less. I mean I’m amazed that they still do that.”

― Cliff Martinez

“You have to try and make the role your own and not copy anyone else.”

― Colm Wilkinson

“In terms of my actual acting, I don’t really like to to copy anyone or replicate anything that I’ve seen.”

― Dacre Montgomery

“I was a crazy Pee-wee Herman fan when I was in my early teens. Before he had the kids’ TV show, he had a nightclub show in L.A., and I had gotten a VHS copy of it. It was a kids’ show, but onstage in a bar, so it’s sort of poking fun at the kids’ show. And I was obsessed with that, and then ‘Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.’”

― Dallas Roberts

“The most important function of a bibliographic entry is to help the reader obtain a copy of the cited work.”

― Daniel J. Bernstein

“I was a slow and lazy reader as a kid. ‘The Prince and the Pauper’ was the only non-school book I would read, over and over, between television, records and radio, until I picked up my aunt’s copy of ‘In Cold Blood’ and she didn’t ask for it back.”

― Darryl Pinckney

“There are people who specialise in lettering, and I’ve had my hand lettering made into a digital font. I picked up a copy of the ‘Dandy’ the other week, and I was amazed to see that it was completely lettered in my hand-lettering font. It was quite a thrill, really, having been a ‘Dandy’ reader years and years ago.”

― Dave Gibbons

“You can’t really copy what I do because I don’t do anything.”

― David Bailey

“As a writer, you write the book, you give it to your editor, it’s copy edited, it’s published, it’s thrown out there, and then there’s a response.”

― David Bergen

“When I first redesigned the ‘Surfer’ magazine, a magazine about magazines took a copy to the famous American designer Milton Glaser, and – surprise surprise – he hated it.”

― David Carson

“Each person is responsible only for his or her own sins. Even the Christian doctrine of ‘original sin’ does not mean that humans are punished for the sin of the first human pair but, rather, that humans seem inevitably to copy the sin of the first human pair.”

― David Novak

“On the average, five times as many people read the headline as read the body copy. When you have written your headline, you have spent eighty cents out of your dollar.”

― David Ogilvy

“Good copy can’t be written with tongue in cheek, written just for a living. You’ve got to believe in the product.”

― David Ogilvy

“I’m starting to see players copy what I do. I’m flattered.”

― Dennis Rodman

“When I really young yet feeling very old, I offered up a lot of myself to the press; I knew it was good copy.”

― Diane Lane

“When I started performing, there was no Internet; I didn’t really have anything to copy. I kind of had to just make up what I thought burlesque was, based on photographs of Sally Rand or whatever.”

― Dita Von Teese

“Don’t copy another writer’s style, because that is not authentic, and that’s how it will sound. You develop your style over your whole life and through countless influences. Don’t impose something artificial.”

― Douglas Brunt

“I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“Usually when painters use photographs, they enlarge and copy them and simply make a large, boring painting of a large, boring photograph.”

― Duane Michals

“The only thing I’d ever done with news was to read copy sitting at the microphone in the studio.”

― Ed Bradley

“It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.”

― Edgar Degas

“Mass prosperity came with the mass innovation that sprung up in 1815 in Britain, soon after in America, and later in Germany and France: It brought sustained growth to these nations – also to nations with entrepreneurs willing and able to copy the innovations.”

― Edmund Phelps

“I think there are problems with compact disc copy protection that can’t be resolved.”

― Edward Felten

“We don’t actually know if the person who wrote the Gospel of John had a written copy of Thomas because we don’t know exactly when it was written.”

― Elaine Pagels

“Never try to copy other writers, and never try to have a formula. It has to come from your heart and soul.”

― Elizabeth Berg

“I don’t copy recipes without trying them out. I don’t reprint without trying them again.”

― Elizabeth David

“In the spring of 2007, Israeli intelligence brought to Washington proof that the Assad regime in Syria was building a nuclear reactor along the Euphrates – with North Korean help. This reactor was a copy of the Yongbyon reactor the North Koreans had built, and was part of a Syrian nuclear weapons program.”

― Elliott Abrams

“Shading is more like copying. And certainly I do copy, but I’m making drawings, and I’m not trying to make them with the shading.”

― Ellsworth Kelly

“I can’t copy nature.”

― Elsa Peretti

“I grew up conservative because my mum was a conservative, and when I finally realized what conservatives were, I changed my mind immediately. As children, we tend to copy our parents.”

― Elton John

“My jokes are in my head and I have a duplicate copy of my jokes in a lot of British comics’ heads, where they are safe.”

― Emo Philips

“We criticize, copy, patronize, idolize and insult but we never doubt that the U.S. has a unique position in the history of human hopes.”

― Ferdinand Mount

“There is a tendency around the world today to copy TV culture. And that is not always a virtue.”

― Francis Arinze

“If you look at a copy of EO 11110, you will find that it does not order the issuance of Silver Certificates. It orders an amendment to EO 10289… Those functions did not include the power to issue Silver Certificates.”

― G. Edward Griffin

“I picked up my college copy of ‘The Great Gatsby’ in an attempt to recover from the movie and was interested to find out what I’d underlined. The answer was basically: everything.”

― Gail Collins

“My father gave me a copy of ‘Seven Years in Tibet,’ and that’s what turned me on to Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“Without editors planning assignments and copy editors fixing mistakes, reporters quickly deteriorate into underwear guys writing blogs from their den.”

― George Vecsey

“I had to create an equivalent for what I felt about what I was looking at – not copy it.”

― Georgia O’Keeffe

“I am not the German Tony Blair. Nor am I the German Bill Clinton. I am Gerhard Schroeder, chancellor of Germany, responsible for Germany. I don’t want to be a copy of anyone.”

― Gerhard Schroder

“Even if you try to copy a film shot by shot, you still can’t. It’s still your own film.”

― Gus Van Sant

“Some books I’ve kept because the binding is beautiful – I’m unlikely ever to read my grandmother’s copy of ‘The Life of Lord Nelson.’ I’m addicted to secondhand bookshops.”

― Hari Kunzru

“A meticulous virtual copy of the human brain would enable basic research on brain cells and circuits or computer-based drug trials.”

― Henry Markram

“So with the young African artists. What they have to learn from tribal art is not how to copy the traditional forms, but the confidence that comes from knowing that somewhere inside them there should be the vitality which enabled their fathers to produce these extraordinary and exciting forms.”

― Henry Moore

“It’s one thing to buy a copy of ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ You actually have to read it to get anything out of it.”

― Henry Rollins

“I loved Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with a Vampire’ and ‘The Vampire Lestat’. I found a copy of ‘Interview’ when I was in seventh grade at a garage sale for 25 cents. It had a crazy cover.”

― Holly Black

“Right from the 17th century, composers who have taken up music as their means of livelihood went through a hard time financially. They were paid only for commissioned works and public performances. And, when their music became famous, orchestras in other cities and countries would pay a small amount to copy the music.”

― Ilaiyaraaja

“At the school I attended, the clergyman who ran the cathedral school in Shanghai would give lines to the boys as a punishment. They expected you to copy out, say, 20 or 30 pages from one of the school texts. But I found that rather than laboriously copying out something from a novel by Charles Dickens, it was easier if I made it up myself.”

― J. G. Ballard

“You should learn from your competitor, but never copy. Copy and you die.”

― Jack Ma

“When I was sixteen, I borrowed a copy of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ from the mobile library. Democrats and Republicans were standing for very different principles, and I could see which side was going to represent me.”

― James Carville

“I was at CBS News on a fluke. I replaced somebody who was on vacation. I worked as a copy boy, then became a news writer.”

― James L. Brooks

“Pavel Durov only knows how to copy great products like Facebook and ‘WhatsApp’; he never had and will never have original ideas.”

― Jan Koum

“In modern novels, there is no one I want to copy. My style ‘is a poor thing, but it is my own.’”

― Jane Gardam

“Copy editors are very important and too rarely praised.”

― Jane Lindskold

“Now it’s hard to pick up any copy of ‘Wired’ that doesn’t mention YouTube.”

― Jawed Karim

“An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.”

― Jean Cocteau

“People often think that reporters write their own headlines. In fact, they almost never do. The people who do write headlines are the copy editors who are the front and last lines of quality-checking in a newspaper before it goes to print.”

― Jennifer Lee

“I like to read non-fiction on my e-reader, but as for fiction, I usually like to have a copy to keep at home.”

― Jenny Han

“My wife has them all in a vault… a copy of every album.”

― Jerry Goldsmith

“I’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.”

― Jimi Hendrix

“I became a copy boy. Not for long. I started writing stories.”

― Jimmy Breslin

“My guide had a copy of Palestine on my last trip to Gaza. He’d bring it out and show people what I was trying to do. That usually went over pretty well.”

― Joe Sacco

“I didn’t try to copy my dad or fit into the pressure or the mold that everybody tried to make me fit into.”

― Joel Osteen

“I don’t read anything anymore. I don’t have the eyesight. I read my own copy, that’s all. I think I’ve read everything that’s worth reading.”

― John Gould

“The last copy of the Chicago Daily News I picked up had three crime stories on its front page. But by comparison to the gaudy days, this is small-time stuff. Chicago is as full of crooks as a saw with teeth, but the era when they ruled the city is gone forever.”

― John Gunther

“I actually own a copy of my own book; that’s how dedicated I am as an author.”

― John Hodgman

“I write in all sorts of places; it’s a legacy of my time as a journalist, where I could turn out copy in a hotel corridor. But I have a little office that I rent in my local town, and that’s my ideal place.”

― Jojo Moyes

“It is quite annoying that we have to change the sound we invented just to avoid sounding like people who simply copy us, but… it is flattering and of course challenging.”

― Jonathan Davis

“If you have a personality predisposed to liberalism, you might gravitate more to the artsy crowd or the anti-establishment crowd. And then those peers will affect you, and they will give you values, and you will copy them.”

― Jonathan Haidt

“First. I began my career as a copy girl. and the White House coverage, for example, was in the then-Women’s section. So it was social coverage. It wasn’t news, although we often got rather startling news out of it.”

― Judith Martin

“When I see kids standing next to their mothers at book signings, clutching a copy of ‘Forever,’ I know what’s coming. They’ll say to me, ‘How old do I have to be to read this?’ hoping I’ll give them permission. But I can’t do that.”

― Judy Blume

“I’m at the point, frankly, where I’d rather deal with a misogynist with a copy of Tucker Max’s book in his backpack over someone in sensitive emo-boy clothing, because both are misogynists, only the one with the backpack is more honest about just how scared of women he is.”

― Julie Klausner

“If your entire conception of what’s possible in fantasy only comes from other fantasy books, you’re going to go on to create a copy of a copy of a copy. There’s nothing original there, nothing dynamic. Which is fine if that’s your goal, but I’ve always wanted to do something no one else was doing before.”

― Kameron Hurley

“From 1961 to 1964, I was fortunate enough to work at a think tank in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago. As a writer and editor, I reported in a publication about the thinkers. Our offices were in a former mansion; I worked in what had been the ballroom. As I sat typing my copy, I imagined the dancers waltzing.”

― Karen DeCrow

“I probably wore out my VHS copy of ‘Office Space.’”

― Kim Shaw

“Tesla Motor’s original business plan had a copy of a letter from Nikola Tesla from the late 19th century talking about the challenges inherent in gasoline engines and the promise of the electric engine.”

― Kimbal Musk

“I do want to have children, but my parents had me when they were in their forties. I’d like to copy that.”

― Kit Harington

“The friends I knew who tutored were well paid for work that seemed far less grueling than waitressing or late-night newspaper copy editing or all the other side gigs I attempted in my early twenties.”

― Laura Moser

“I often think that could we creep behind the actor’s eyes, we would find an attic of forgotten toys and a copy of the Domesday Book.”

― Laurence Olivier

“We call ourselves creators and we just copy.”

― Lauryn Hill

“I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron, who believed everything is copy, and I agree.”

― Lena Waithe

“There’s been a lot of successful shows like ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Atlanta,’ and ‘Insecure,’ so, I feel like whenever something works, Hollywood wants to copy it.”

― Lena Waithe

“The gleam in their eyes telegraphs only too clearly that they are hoping for a headline, which of course means something disparaging, because nothing makes such good copy as a feud.”

― Leslie Charteris

“I’ve never really tried to copy anyone; I like to have my own style.”

― Liam Aiken

“I don’t smoke, so they never sent me a copy.”

― Lita Ford

“At home I have a copy of the April 21, 1986, issue of ‘Sports Illustrated.’ I’m on the cover with the blurb, ‘Can Lou Do It?’ I’d just arrived at Notre Dame, and with spring football underway, I was the focal point of that week’s coverage.”

― Lou Holtz

“When ’12 Years a Slave’ got that much attention, everyone started to copy that. That story has to be told, but there are a lot more stories to be told than slavery.”

― Louis Gossett, Jr.

“I don’t like post-modernism. It’s cynical, and takes no discipline – you just copy. It doesn’t allow a film to be open to reality.”

― Luca Guadagnino

“And, since the model he faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture, since the picture is going to be there on its own, it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.”

― Lucian Freud

“Since the model he so faithfully copies is not going to be hung up next to the picture… it is of no interest whether it is an accurate copy of the model.”

― Lucian Freud

“I don’t keep any copy of my books around… they would embarass me. When I finish writing my books, I kick them in the belly, and have done with them.”

― Ludwig Bemelmans

“Keep a copy of ‘Islands in the Stream’ by Ernest Hemingway on the left hand side of your desk. Keep Fitzgerald’s ‘The Crack Up’ on the right. When you get stuck, pick them up and pretend that they are having a fight, like you used to do with your GI Joes.”

― Lynn Coady

“The theme of counterfeits, of those that produce and sell them, has always been part of the culture of M.I.A. When I was contacted by Versace, it seemed a great idea to invert the circle. Versace’s designs have always been copied; now it’s Versace that copies the copies, so those that copy must copy the copies. So this will continue.”

― M.I.A.

“When you look at classical structures, they’re often linked to literature, music, or a poem. They were constructed by master builders, which means it’s not something standard that you can copy.”

― Ma Yansong

“I had been an abject fan of Robert Stone since the early eighties, when I borrowed a copy of ‘A Flag for Sunrise’ to read on a plane to Rome. I was twenty-something, with a first novel under my belt.”

― Madison Smartt Bell

“It would have been the equivalent of Jackson Pollock’s attempts to copy the Sistine Chapel.”

― Malcolm Cowley

“My pleasure was to copy, not to create.”

― Manuel Puig

“In everything truth surpasses the imitation and copy.”

― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“When I graduated high school, I was one of many English-majors-to-be traveling through Europe with a copy of ‘Let’s Go Europe’ in one hand, ‘Anna Karenina’ in the other, a Eurail pass for a bookmark.”

― Maria Semple

“I like to hold a book. When someone sends me a script, I ask for a hard copy or print one out.”

― Mario Cantone

“Everyone always gets a little irritated by imitators, but mostly I’m flattered. What if you never did anything anyone wanted to copy?”

― Mark Kurlansky

“I don’t have a copy of my books, and the degree to which I never read them is profound. I never look.”

― Mary Karr

“I’d go to a bookstore, and I’d flip through flap copy, and I’d think, ‘If this gal can get published, I can get published.’”

― MaryJanice Davidson

“If we got more efficient with electric grid capacity, we would substantially reduce our carbon footprint, and people would be likely to copy us.”

― Matt Gaetz

“In my home office, I have two large, 30-inch computer monitors – a Mac and a PC. They share the same mouse and keyboard, so I can type or copy and paste between them. I’ll typically do Web stuff on the Mac and e-mail and chat stuff on the PC.”

― Matt Mullenweg

“I still have my high school copy of the collected Poe – missing its covers and pretty worse for the wear.”

― Matthew Pearl

“I just saw a copy of a cover of a magazine that I’m on, and it’s very weird and unusual.”

― Mia Kirshner

“My father works for Xerox and fixes those gigantic copy machines that are about 10 feet wide.”

― Michael Cera

“If Snowden really claims that his actions amounted to genuine civil disobedience, he should go to some English language bookstore in Moscow and get a copy of Henry David Thoreau’s ‘Civil Disobedience’.”

― Michael Hayden

“If you copy then it is not self-expression.”

― Michael Schenker

“Somebody had given me a copy of ‘Hunky Dory,’ which had yet to be a hit, although it was starting to percolate. I’d seen a couple of pictures of David, with his interesting hairdo and outfits, and I decided to seek him out, which wasn’t difficult back then, as he was eager to do any kind of publicity.”

― Mick Rock

“I used to sit for hours and copy every lick on those early AC/DC and Kiss records. From there, I went on to Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan. After a while, you kind of develop your own style.”

― Mike McCready

“’Girls’ is a huge show, as far as buzz, and magazine covers, and getting a ton of copy, and awards. And yet I don’t think the viewership is huge.”

― Mike White

“No, because I don’t want to hear what’s hot and feel I have to copy it. I’ll just make up my own thing.”

― Missy Elliott

“I feel responsible to make something original as a Japanese artist. There are lots of singers and guitarists, but I feel that on stage it’s meaningless to copy something someone has done before.”

― Miyavi

“There was a time when not many people had access to Malayalam films. So those who did have access went on to copy the films, add a few bits, and present it like it was their own.”

― Mohanlal

“Any writer kind of who knows what they’re doing goes forth and grabs a copy of an issue of something that they want to be published in, or they skim it online. They read what that market has been doing. They see a particular flavor of fiction.”

― N. K. Jemisin

“We all wanted to copy Vivien Leigh.”

― Natalie Wood

“In market research I did at Microsoft Corp. in the early 1990s, I estimated that the ‘Wall Street Journal’ took in about 75 cents per copy from subscribers, $1.25 at the newsstand and a whopping $5 per copy from ads. The ad revenue let them run a far bigger newsroom than subscribers were paying for.”

― Nathan Myhrvold

“We’ve got a yawl named the Phebe, which is named for a boat in a whaling journal my father and I edited. We keep a copy of the journal on board.”

― Nathaniel Philbrick

“We should find inspiration in the senses that already exist and try to copy them and apply them to us. If we compare our senses to the senses of other animals and species that we don’t have, we can get ideas for new abilities that we can adapt to humans by applying cybernetics to the body.”

― Neil Harbisson

“When we look at investing, we always think about ‘how defensible is this, how likely is it that somebody is going to copy this.’ E-commerce tends to be something easy to copy because it’s execution.”

― Niklas Zennstrom

“A Boosh fan bought me an original copy of ‘The Jungle Book’ – like, the first print from 1894 – so I’ve just started re-reading that and am really enjoying it. But the last book I read in its entirety was ‘Willard and his Bowling Trophies,’ by Richard Brautigan, which is amazing.”

― Noel Fielding

“People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.”

― Oliver Goldsmith

“Every stylish man should have a copy of ‘The Fountainhead’ by Ayn Rand on his bookshelf.”

― Orlando Bloom

“Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.”

― Pablo Picasso

“To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic.”

― Pablo Picasso

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.”

― Pablo Picasso

“Traditional copyright has been that you can’t make a full copy of somebody’s work without their permission.”

― Patricia Schroeder

“I started at an agency called Intertalent. You copy scripts, you pick up people’s dry cleaning, you take their dogs to the vet, you deliver packages, you do whatever they want you to do.”

― Patrick Whitesell

“With a computer, you make your changes on the screen and then you print out a clean copy. With a typewriter, you can’t get a clean manuscript unless you start again from scratch. It’s an incredibly tedious process.”

― Paul Auster

“I’m not anti-Hollywood; not at all. In fact, I’m rather fascinated by everything that goes on here. When I get hold of a copy of ‘Variety,’ I read it cover to cover; I love to know what people are doing.”

― Paul Morrissey

“None of my films are comparable to anybody else’s. So many years after I made them, nobody’s been able to copy them.”

― Paul Morrissey

“Copy, art, and typography should be seen as a living entity; each element integrally related, in harmony with the whole, and essential to the execution of an idea.”

― Paul Rand

“’You Talk’ was originally a copy of a certain Velvet Underground song.”

― Pete Doherty

“Thomas More’s birth was noted by his father upon a blank page at the back of a copy of Geoffrey of Monmouth’s ‘Historia Regum Britanniae’; for a lawyer John More was remarkably inexact in his references to that natal year, and the date has been moved from 1477 to 1478 and back again.”

― Peter Ackroyd

“There have been times when I reread – or at least leafed through – something because I’d sent a copy to a friend, and what usually happened was that I noticed dozens and dozens of clumsy phrases I wished I could rewrite.”

― Peter Straub

“I was pretty shocked at the appearance of the Galaxy S phone and the extent to which it appeared to copy Apple products and the problems that would create for us.”

― Phil Schiller

“I really like Ronaldinho. He is the player I have watched the most and tried to copy the most, but I am still learning.”

― Philippe Coutinho

“In my films, they say the action sequences are very local and not international. But why should I copy from English films?”

― Prabhu Deva

“What teens share online is dwarfed by what they consume. Pre-Internet, you had to hoof it to the grocery store to find a magazine with celebrity bodies – or at least filch your mother’s copy from the bathroom. Now the pictures are as endless as they are available.”

― Rachel Simmons

“All my movies are copies of Hollywood, some of them pretty trashy copies. All filmmakers copy from Hollywood.”

― Ram Gopal Varma

“I remember being a kid and seeing the ‘National Inquirer’ at the grocery store checkout line. When somebody actually picked up a copy, it was mortifying. You felt dirty for them. But now it’s perfectly acceptable to read something like that. There’s absolutely no taboo surrounding that kind of exploitation.”

― Rashida Jones

“A copy of the universe is not what is required of art; one of the damned things is ample.”

― Rebecca West

“I had no confusion about making a superhero film. From the very day one, I knew I will make a movie of this genre which will have an Indian superhero. I never wanted to copy my superhero from any of the Hollywood ones.”

― Remo D’Souza

“I believe it has been said that one copy of The Times contains more useful information than the whole of the historical works of Thucydides.”

― Richard Cobden

“’The Sound of Music’ did more damage to the industry than any other picture. Everyone tried to copy it. We were the biggest offenders.”

― Richard D. Zanuck

“Whenever I’m asked to autograph a copy of ‘Nudge,’ the book I wrote with Cass Sunstein, the Harvard law professor, I sign it, ‘Nudge for good.’ Unfortunately, that is meant as a plea, not an expectation.”

― Richard Thaler

“I used to cut guitars out of a piece of cardboard to copy the Strat look. I used a backwards tennis racket for a while and graduated to the cardboard cutout.”

― Rick Springfield

“Before ‘Veronica Mars,’ I was not, and probably am still not, much of a crime reader. My mom left out a copy of ‘Helter Skelter’ when I was 10, and I secretly read it, and then I spent all my teenage years afraid of hippies. I kept away from crime books for, like, ten years.”

― Rob Thomas

“All the blues greats took chances and developed their own style. They didn’t copy.”

― Robert Cray

“But with carefully chosen keyboard macros to activate it, Mass Copy is quick, convenient, and powerful. Most users who have mastered it depend heavily on it. That certainly includes me.”

― Robert Patterson

“Perhaps the most versatile and useful plug-in in the collection is Mass Copy. It is certainly the one I use the most. Due to limitations in how plugins can interact with Finale, Mass Copy has a somewhat unusual user interface.”

― Robert Patterson

“My vocal style I haven’t tried to copy from anyone. It just developed until it became the girlish whine it is today.”

― Robert Plant

“As for Kate Bosworth, I’ve always admired her. I watched her in a movie called ‘Girl in the Park,’ which has never been released – not even on DVD. I had a copy, and it was bravura acting I had not seen from her.”

― Rod Lurie

“In the Sixties, there were no guidebooks to Asia, at least none that suited young shoestring travelers. No one on the hippie highway carried a copy of Fodor’s ‘Islamic Asia.’ The route to spiritual enlightenment wasn’t revealed in the pages of the latest Baedeker. Intrepids were on a journey of spontaneity and reinvention.”

― Rory MacLean

“No, sir, I’m not saying that charming, witty and warm copy won’t sell. I’m just saying I’ve seen thousands of charming, witty campaigns that didn’t sell.”

― Rosser Reeves

“I don’t read a lot of magazines, but when I’m traveling, I’ll pick up a copy of ‘Vanity Fair’ to read on the plane – it’s like a full meal! The articles are so good, especially the crime stories. Browsing the Web is more like snacking – but I live on snacks.”

― Sam Trammell

“Most fledgling and mid-list writers are lucky to be offered a 4-figure sum and are not only expected to deliver copy that needs minimal editing but also take an active part in marketing and publicizing their work.”

― Sara Sheridan

“By the time I was 10 or 12, I had discovered the lure of the romance genre – and the dusty copy of ‘The Thorn Birds’ on my parents’ bookshelf.”

― Sarah MacLean

“My name was Lightning Kid; it was pretty much a copy off of Dynamite Kid.”

― Sean Waltman

“After I made ‘Oh Carolina’ in the 1990s, the record company wanted me to copy that sound, and I refused.”

― Shaggy

“When a writer tries to copy another writer, it’s doomed to fail.”

― Sophie Hannah

“Microsoft has had two goals in the last 10 years. One was to copy the Mac, and the other was to copy Lotus’ success in the spreadsheet – basically, the applications business. And over the course of the last 10 years, Microsoft accomplished both of those goals. And now they are completely lost.”

― Steve Jobs

“I think the rock audience still likes to have a physical product. The demand for owning a physical copy is still there.”

― Steven Wilson

“Rahul Gandhi gets a copy of every programme that has been started by the Centre during Parliamentary procedure, but he has got no time to read. He has got time to go to night clubs.”

― Subramanian Swamy

“I first became an Alan Moore fan in Covent Garden on a Saturday afternoon in 1987, when I bought a copy of ‘Watchmen,’ his graphic novel about ageing superheroes and nuclear apocalypse.”

― Susanna Clarke

“You should keep a copy of your tax return indefinitely, but you need to save supporting documents for only three years.”

― Suze Orman

“I never liked to copy things that are out there. I always like to come up with something new, something different.”

― Sylvia Robinson

“There’s no particular formula for ‘Lost.’ I mean, I think there were a few attempts to follow it and copy it, but it’s a one-off, you know?”

― Terry O’Quinn

“There are two kinds of editors, those who correct your copy and those who say it’s wonderful.”

― Theodore White

“We learned in the university to consider Wordsworth and Keats as Romantics. They were only a generation apart, but Wordsworth didn’t even read Keats’s book when he gave him a copy.”

― Thom Gunn

“My whole relationship with Bowie started when I was 13, and I bought a copy of ‘Aladdin Sane’ when I didn’t have a record player. I had this record for a year before I could play it, and it was the image – not the sound – that I was attracted to. I just saw this image and thought he was my cousin.”

― Tilda Swinton

“Banking types should take their cue from Gordon Gekko. Or pick the best-looking banker in their firm and copy him.”

― Tom Ford

“Certainly, every movie has to be looked at differently. But I think what happens is, every couple of years, a movie comes along that everybody then tries to copy.”

― Tom Green

“Life is pretty simple: You do some stuff. Most fails. Some works. You do more of what works. If it works big, others quickly copy it. Then you do something else. The trick is the doing something else.”

― Tom Peters

“If you want to be successful, find someone who has achieved the results you want and copy what they do and you’ll achieve the same results.”

― Tony Robbins

“I think Uber is just very different; there’s no model to copy. It may be the reason why we’ve been a lightning rod in so many ways, because we don’t do anything conventional… And then I think also, as an entrepreneur, I’m a bit of a lone wolf.”

― Travis Kalanick

“Certain jazz musicians just copy what was done 100 years ago. The music won’t grow if nobody takes a risk.”

― Trombone Shorty

“My elder sister used to get the fashion magazines, and I would go through them and find things I liked and buy fabric and copy them. But I hated what I looked like. I mean, I was sooo skinny.”

― Twiggy

“They go on about banning size zero, but I think Hollywood stars are the worst perpetrators. Most models are naturally long and gangly, while a lot of these young girls in Hollywood have gone on extreme diets. Their concave chests and bony arms are terrifying. It’s scary to think that normal teenagers are tempted to copy them.”

― Twiggy

“I am my own secretary; I dictate, I compose, I copy all myself.”

― Venerable Bede

“I don’t like traditions, I am very personal, very independent, I don’t like intimate ladies, I mean in German lieder there’s a lot of copy, a lot of imitation, a lot of tradition, and this I have put it aside.”

― Victoria de los Angeles

“I enjoy painting and can copy almost anything.”

― Vinny Guadagnino

“Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England – where liberal value have deep historic roots.”

― Vladimir Putin

“American management thinks that they can just copy from Japan. But they don’t know what to copy.”

― W. Edwards Deming

“After being in one movie, it didn’t seem like that would be my life. I had done several jobs, briefly. I’d been a shipping clerk, I worked in a copy shop, I didn’t think the acting was going to go on and on.”

― Wallace Shawn

“I take a certain pride in having maintained a reputation for fast copy throughout my newspaper career. Fast-breaking stories left my typewriter in a hurry. Not great literature, perhaps, but fast, and usually accurate.”

― Walter Cronkite

“I wrote for magazines. I wrote adventure stuff, I wrote for the ‘National Enquirer,’ I wrote advertising copy for cemeteries.”

― Walter Dean Myers

“I’ve always said – I’ve been making games for twenty years, and from the first day I got in this business, I’ve been saying, ‘All I have to do is sell one more copy than I have to, to get somebody to fund my next one.’”

― Warren Spector

“It is the artist’s function not to copy but to synthesise: to eliminate from that gross confusion of actuality which is his raw material whatever is accidental, idle, irrelevant, and select for perpetuation that only which is appropriate and immortal.”

― William Ernest Henley

“When I was nine years old I use to copy – not trace – the covers of the Donald Duck comics. Many years later I became a close friend of Jack Hannah, the director of the Donald Duck film shorts.”

― William Jackson

“Those thoughts are truth which guide us to beneficial interaction with sensible particulars as they occur, whether they copy these in advance or not.”

― William James

“Changes… can only be effected by alterations in the original. The only thing not prerecorded in a prerecorded universe are the prerecordings themselves. The copies can only repeat themselves word for word. A virus is a copy. You can pretty it up, cut it up, scramble it – it will reassemble in the same form.”

― William S. Burroughs

“It is difficult to copy Real Madrid, as not every team has those players who can run with such explosion, like Ronaldo.”

― Xabi Alonso
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