- They lard their lean books with the fat of others' works.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621–51) ‘Democritus to the Reader’ 1577–1640 English clergyman and scholar:
- Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
The Sacred Wood (1920) ‘Philip Massinger’ 1888–1965 American-born British poet, critic, and dramatist:
- When a thing has been said and well said, have no scruple: take it and copy it.
Anatole France Himself: A Boswellian Record (1925) 1844–1924 French novelist and man of letters: ‘The Creed’, in Jean Jacques Brousson and John Pollock
- No plagiarist can excuse the wrong by showing how much of his work he did not pirate.
Sheldon v. Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp. 1936 1872–1961 American judge:
- When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre,
He'd 'eard men sing by land an' sea;
An' what he thought 'e might require,
'E went an' took—the same as me!
1865–1936 English writer and poet: ‘When 'Omer smote 'is bloomin' lyre’ (1896)
- Plagiarize! Let no one else's work evade your eyes,
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes.
1928– American humorist: ‘Lobachevski’ (1953 song)
- When you take stuff from one writer it’s plagiarism, but when you take from many writers it’s called research..
Tales of a Wayward Inn (1938) 1876–1933 American dramatist: Frank Case
- It could be said of me that in this book I have only made up a bunch of other men's flowers, providing of my own only the string that ties them together.
Essays (1580, ed. M. Rat, 1958) bk. 3, ch. 12 1533–92 French moralist and essayist:
- So, naturalists observe, a flea
Hath smaller fleas that on him prey;
And these have smaller fleas to bite 'em,
And so proceed ad infinitum.
1667–1745 Irish poet and satirist: ‘On Poetry’ (1733) l. 337