Subjects — P
Nothing is said which has not been said before.
They lard their lean books with the fat of others’ work.
And for the citation of so many authors, ’tis the easiest thing in nature. Find out one of these books with an alphabetical index, and without any farther ceremony, remove it verbatim into your own … there are fools enough to be thus drawn into an opinion of the work; at least, such a flourishing train of attendants will give your book a fashionable air, and recommend it for sale.
What a good thing Adam had. When he said a good thing, he knew nobody had said it before.
Plagiarists are always suspicious of being stolen from.
Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.
He invades authors like a monarch; and what would be theft in other poets is only victory in him.
Nothing is new except arrangement.
Plagiarists at least have the merit of preservation.
— Curiosities of Literature
Genius borrows nobly.