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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 2080
AUTHOR: François Marie Arouet de Voltaire (1694–1778)
QUOTATION: Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbor’s, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all.
ATTRIBUTION: Attributed to VOLTAIRE (François Marie Arouet).—Tryon Edwards, Dictionary of Thoughts, p. 392 (1891). Unverified.
SUBJECTS: Writers and writing