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Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower. – Lady Marguerite Blessington, Countess of Blessington
Have you ever discovered your post in another site without being duly recognized as the original source of its contents? Or someone else has plagiarized your work as their own and you get wrongly accused of plagiarism?
Sad to say, I discovered some of my posts in various blogsites, in its entirety without any due credits. I do not know if I will be flattered that they liked my posts so much they took it as their own or should I show pity for these bloggers for their intellectual poverty?
According to this site which specializes in plagiarism:
“Changing the words of an original source is not sufficient to prevent plagiarism. If you have retained the essential idea of an original source, and have not cited it, then no matter how drastically you may have altered its context or presentation, you have still plagiarized.”
Plagiarism is an ancient craft. Famous personalities from literature, entertainment, history, academia, politics, journalism, science, etc were/are involved. The blogoshpere is half-filled with bloggers who paraphrase or worse, lazy copycats who did not even mind of editing but just copied and pasted on their own site without giving proper linking to the author.
Should I call them textual vampire? Content or intellectual thief? Well, they are just devoid of any imaginations, experiences, style and grey matters.
They had their lean books with the fat of others’ works. – Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy–Democritus to the Reader
The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources. – Albert Einstein
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. – Josh Billings
Art is either plagiarism or revolution. – Paul Gauguin
Take the whole range of imaginative literature, and we are all wholesale borrowers. In every matter that relates to invention, to use, or beauty or form, we are borrowers. – Wendell Phillips
Their writings are thoughts stolen from us by anticipation. – Alexis Piron
Taking something from one man and making it worse is plagiarism. – George A. Moore
When Shakespeare is charges with debts to his authors, Landor replies, “Yet he was more original than his originals. He breathed upon dead bodies and brought them into life.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, Letters and Social Aims–Quotation and Originality
My books need no one to accuse or judge you: the page which is yours stands up against you and says, “You are a thief.” – Marcus Valerius Martial, Epigrams (bk. I, ep. 53)
Copy from one, it’s plagiarism; copy from two, it’s research. – John Milton, Iconoclastes (XXIII)
If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. – Charles Caleb Colton
Originality is undetected plagiarism. – William Ralph Inge
I could tell you which writer’s rhythms I am imitating. It’s not exactly plagiarism, it’s falling in love with good language and trying to imitate it. – Charles Kuralt
No, generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism. – Gilbert Gottfried
Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service. –Michael Eyquen de Montaigne
There is nothing original; all is reflected light. – Honore de Balzac
We can say nothing but what hath been said . . . Our poets steal from Homer . . . . Our storydressers do as much; he that comes last is commonly best. – Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy–Democritus to the Reader
Plagiarists are purloiners who filch the fruit that others have gathered, and then throw away the basket. – Paul Chatfield (a/k/a Horace Smith)
If we steal thoughts from the moderns, it will be cried down as plagiarism; if from the ancients, it will be cried up as erudition. But in this respect every author is a Spartan, being more ashamed of the discovery than of the depredation. – Charles Caleb Colton
Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats. –Howard Aiken
I don’t like composers who think. It gets in the way of their plagiarism. –Howard Dietz
About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. –Josh Billings
Art is either plagiarism or revolution. – Paul Gauguin
Immature artists imitate. Mature artists steal. – Lionel Trilling
Plagiarism is intellectual fraud. – Barry R. Gross in his review of Theodore Pappas’ The Martin Luther King, Jr., Plagiarism Story.
Goethe said there would be little left of him if he were to discard what he owed to others. – Charlotte Cushman
Plagiarists, at least, have the merit of preservation. – Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield
The Plagiarism of orators is the art, or an ingenious and easy mode, which some adroitly employ to change, or disguise, all sorts of speeches or their own composition, or that of other authors, for their pleasure, or their utility; in such a manner that it becomes impossible even for the author himself to recognize his own work, his own genius, and his own style, so skillfully shall the whole be disguised.- Isaac D’Israeli, Curiosities of Literature–Professors of Plagiarism and Obscurity
The high-tech industry has . . . put the youngsters into such a rip-burn-share frenzy that they have no inkling that intellectual property matters. The scary part? These are the same values that we’re seeing in the adult workplace. – Robin Raskin,former editor of PC Magazine and FamilyPC in a letter to the New York Times (April 7, 2005).
Our best thought comes from others. – Ralph Waldo Emerson