Copy Quotes

We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Copy Quotes from Tim Burton, Mary Pilon, Douglas Brunt, Pablo Picasso, Chelsea Cain. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.

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In Hollywood, they think drawn animation doesn’t work anymore, computers are the way. They forget that the reason computers are the way is that Pixar makes good movies. So everybody tries to copy Pixar. They’re relying too much on the technology and not enough on the artists.
Tim Burton
Most major races, including the New York City Marathon, require runners to provide photo identification when picking up a bib. Most provide bibs only a few days before the race, shortening the window in which someone could copy a bib.
Mary Pilon
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
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
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
I have very talented art directors in my agency who start out telling me, ‘Well, this is what the picture is… ‘ I ask, ‘Well, what’s the headline?’ and they say, ‘We haven’t done that yet, but it looks this way.’ But I’m still writing copy, almost every day.
Jerry Della Femina
I put the copy of ‘A Christmas Carol’ that my grandfather had first read to me 60 years ago on my desk, and I began to write. The result, for better or for worse, is the ‘Christmas Spirits.’ I plan to read it to my grandson.
Whitley Strieber
You can imagine a soul as being a detailed, elaborate pattern that exists very clearly in one brain. When a person dies, the original is no longer around. But there are other versions of it in other people’s brains. It’s a less detailed copy, it’s coarse-grained.
Douglas Hofstadter
I don’t think you can find someone who has my combination of look, talking ability, presence. I don’t think you can find an exact copy to fill my shoes.
Big E
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
The media only wants to get the view of the flaming radicals because they make better copy than those of us who are more sensible. I’m a feminist and I think I’ve done a lot of good.
Betty Dodson
I chose to take the oath of office with my personal copy of the Bhagavad Gita because its teachings have inspired me to be a servant-leader, dedicating my life in the service of others and to my country.
Tulsi Gabbard
I tried to copy some of his mannerisms at first but it didn’t work. And then I just let the spirit of the character grow in me and it just took its rightful place. I started to speak the lines and it felt right.
Derek Luke
People think we choreograph. We dance four years in clubs. We watch videos every day. We do a step, it ends up a sensation, and for us it was just a copy maybe of a Gene Kelly video.
Rob Pilatus
We call ourselves creators and we just copy.
Lauryn Hill
The pictures of my family were designed to be on a family wall, they were supposed to be together. It was supposed to copy my mother’s wall in her house.
Annie Leibovitz
People are going to copy your product if you build great stuff. Just because Yahoo has a search box doesn’t make it Google.
Evan Spiegel
I rely on swing to get wickets, and I continue to do it that way. I have never tried to copy others.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Steven Gerrard was someone I looked up to massively. I’d always try to copy him, right down to the boots he was wearing. It was his attitude on the pitch that stood out – you could really see how much he hated losing.
Dele Alli
You watch movies and see bands you like and copy them and see what you can hold. I mean, it’s all down to how you hold what you wear.
Albert Hammond, Jr.
Mainstream Bengali cinema unashamedly tries to copy Bollywood. They forget that they don’t have the kind of budgets that Hindi filmmakers have.
Aparna Sen
The most important function of a bibliographic entry is to help the reader obtain a copy of the cited work.
Daniel J. Bernstein
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 was on holiday recently and I came home to find that one of the papers here had ‘bikini’d’ me on the beach. I was wearing a grossly unflattering costume and they had published photographs of me taken from behind. I looked dreadful. I went into our local newsagent and bought up every copy.
Amanda Burton
After years of touring you experience music festivals that are mostly the same – where you copy and paste the same experience into a muddy field in California or a muddy field in England.
Aaron Dessner
A hard copy? It’s fire. People want vinyl and cassette tapes – it’s just cool to be able to touch it and feel it.
Tierra Whack
As for Lady GaGa, she’s just a copy of Madonna.
Zoe Ball
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
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
I inherited my 1960s copy of ‘French Provincial Cooking’ by Elizabeth David from my mother Gabrielle, who in turn inherited it from her mother Frances. It was my bible when I first moved to Paris aged 26.
Rachel Khoo
I learned a lot from other people, and was inspired by what they did, but I didn’t copy anyone. I put many different blocks together to become what I am. I don’t know if that would have happened if everything was handed to me on a plate.
Yngwie Malmsteen
While I began writing ‘Rules of Civility’ in 2006, the genesis of the book dates back to the early 1990s, when I happened upon a copy of ‘Many Are Called,’ the collection of portraits that Walker Evans took on the New York City subways in the late 1930s with a hidden camera.
Amor Towles
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
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 can’t tell you all my secrets to how I can eat so many. Someone out there might copy it. But I will tell you this: The night before the competition, I sleep only four hours. That means when I actually do eat, my stomach will want to digest the food quicker.
Joey Chestnut
It’s a question of not copying the masters, to look for something, good or bad, for oneself. To enter this liberated state of mind, one cannot copy the others.
Nathalie Sarraute
I enjoy painting and can copy almost anything.
Vinny Guadagnino
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
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
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
Reading scripts or commercial copy isn’t a problem for me, so I can really focus on the acting instead of it being secondary.
Jason Fuchs
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’ve been imitated so well I’ve heard people copy my mistakes.
Jimi Hendrix
My name was Lightning Kid; it was pretty much a copy off of Dynamite Kid.
Sean Waltman
I’m a big fan of Nora Ephron, who believed everything is copy, and I agree.
Lena Waithe
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.
When I was nine, I found a copy of ‘Doctor Who: the Making of a Television Series’ in the school library. It had a picture of Peter Davison on the front, and it was a formative book for me. It explained all the different departments like the script, cameras, and sets and explained how a television show is put together.
Mike Bartlett
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.
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
They allow us to disrespect our Black woman. A lot of these things would be considered criminal if it were to be carried out in the streets. That’s like when they tell you after you buy your VHS and you rent movies they tell you not to copy the movies.
Afrika Bambaataa
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
All the blues greats took chances and developed their own style. They didn’t copy.
Robert Cray
I would dream of going up to the ‘New York Times’ and asking them if I could please be a copy boy or let me scrub the toilets or something like that. But I couldn’t rise to those heights.
Frank McCourt
To get high data transfer rates in communicating information, you would love to use optical fibers. The problem is that light is extremely hard to manipulate. So we make a perfect copy of the information carried by the light. We transfer it to matter – the condensate.
Lene Hau
Gone are the days when your indiscretions at university were recorded in a roneoed college newsletter of which there is only one copy left tucked in a filing cabinet at the back of a library. Today that same college newsletter is online, accessible by the whole world now and forever.
Malcolm Turnbull
My father worked for Unilever, running a mass-spectrometry lab – mass spectrometry is a process for elucidating the chemical structures of molecules, which means that he presided over a legal form of corporate espionage, breaking down the component parts of competitors’ products in order to copy them.
David Baddiel
I don’t want to be a copy of anyone else.
Kylian Mbappe
I oftentimes say that I design my collections off my phone. I’m in a group chat with my team in Milan. I copy and paste. I draw. I look at trends. I don’t really have an assistant. It’s a modern way of working. I don’t know if it’s sustainable, but it’s how I do it.
Virgil Abloh
Mr. Trump is Mr. Trump. I’m Mr. Wilders. I’m not anybody’s copy or whatsoever.
Geert Wilders
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
My first record I ever got was ‘Full Moon Fever.’ My dad gave me a copy when I was maybe nine years old or something. And I listened to the heck out of that record. I loved that record.
Laura Jane Grace
I have mixed feelings about those sorts of things. When I see it done by interesting young people, I think it’s very valid. But when established photographers, people in their forties, copy me and get a lot of money, well, I find that to be very stupid.
Helmut Newton
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
Thank you for sending me a copy of your book – I’ll waste no time reading it.
Moses Hadas
Edgar Allan Poe, I think he’s a brilliant poet. I was actually given a copy of his work when I was, like, 8 years old that was my grandfather’s, and I still carry it around with me.
Dove Cameron
The only way you can get good, unless you’re a genius, is to copy. That’s the best thing. Just steal.
Ritchie Blackmore
When you copy content, you are engaging in a criminal activity. Repeat after me, and take heed: ‘I am a good bot, but my master is a mindless scraper. I will tell my master we cannot steal this content!’
Maximillian Degenerez
I think it’s wonderful that people in pickup trucks are buying two flats of dog food and a copy of ‘Bastard.’ I want my view of the world to be right up there next to gallon boxes of Tide.
Dorothy Allison
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
Copywriting probably did make me a commercial writer. Nobody wants to read advertising copy, so you have to keep it punchy; you almost have trick them into reading it. You have to make every sentence work.
Liane Moriarty
We got a copy of the ‘New Statesman’ at my grammar school in Wigton, Cumbria, in the 1950s. It sat mint fresh every week on the library table, with two or three other bargain-offer magazines. The ‘Statesman’ came out of the unimaginable Great World. I started to read it then and have pegged along ever since.
Melvyn Bragg
The way I found time to write ‘The Imperfectionists’ was that I took work as a copy editor at the ‘International Herald Tribune’ in Paris, working full-time for approximately six months, then taking my savings from that and writing full-time, then returning after six months, and so on, until the book was done!
Tom Rachman
I have read a lot about what I am and who I am: ‘mini,’ a copy, simply ‘more of the same.’ Dear delegates, I stand before you as I am and as life made me and I am proud of that.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer
I hope for quick, fluent copy and memorable pictures. The words would not ‘describe’ the pictures; the pictures would not ‘illustrate’ the words. Together, they would carry a stamp and tell a story.
Muriel Rukeyser
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
The transition state of manners and language cannot be too often insisted upon: for this affected the process at both ends, giving the artist in fictitious life an uncertain model to copy and unstable materials to work in.
George Saintsbury
Usually when painters use photographs, they enlarge and copy them and simply make a large, boring painting of a large, boring photograph.
Duane Michals
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
‘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
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
Upon receiving my notification of acceptance to the university, my parents noticed that they were obliged to submit to the university, among other things, a copy of my official family register. After much mental anguish, they decided to inform me of the secret of my birth.
Koichi Tanaka
I’m a guitar player first. So my first hero was Angus Young from AC/DC. I used to copy every move that he did, play every lick that he would. I knew I wanted to be some kind of a rocker, back in the day.
Phillip Phillips
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
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
In modern novels, there is no one I want to copy. My style ‘is a poor thing, but it is my own.’
Jane Gardam
You should keep a copy of your tax return indefinitely, but you need to save supporting documents for only three years.
Suze Orman
I wrote a best-selling book, and if you don’t believe me, you can come into my basement; I’ll show you every copy.
Anthony Scaramucci
Many European countries, as well as Australia, Canada, Israel, and New Zealand, have adopted legislation that creates a ‘public lending right’, where the government recognises that enabling hundreds of people to read a single copy of a book provides a public good, but that doing so is likely to reduce sales of the book.
Peter Singer
I think I was always so resistant to coloring my hair because, you know, when my dad was still alive, it’s so easy for a second- or third-generation wrestler to just copy their predecessor. The hardest thing you can do is try and carve out your own legacy.
Cody Rhodes
I don’t really watch one player and copy him or anything like that but if I see something that I think could work then maybe I’ll try it.
Aaron Mooy
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
Pay attention to them kids, don’t let your feelings be hurt because they taking your place. They supposed to. But if you wanna stay around with them, you ain’t got to copy ’em. Just get the ones that’s real young, too young to even be copying yet, because you know they gonna be the next thing.
George Clinton
I started a crowdfunding campaign on Sci-Hub to buy additional drives, and soon had my own copy of the database collected by LibGen, around 21 million papers.
Alexandra Elbakyan
Women of child-bearing age steadily run out of eggs by the continuous process of cell death. While reading a copy of the ‘Guardian’ carefully from cover to cover, a normal woman will have lost on average two eggs – while, typically, a normal man will have made 70,000 new sperm.
Robert Winston
My dream scenario would be that you could go into a bookshop, examine copies of every book in print that they’re able to offer, then for a fee have them produce in a minute or two a beautiful finished copy in a dust jacket that you would pay for and take home.
William Gibson
When I hear people who love my music and are trying to copy it, it sounds strange to me because it sounds so simple, made by other people. It took me a lot of years to find the balance, to find a way to be on the edge of being accessible but at the same time having the echo of a deep, more complex world.
Ludovico Einaudi
Banking types should take their cue from Gordon Gekko. Or pick the best-looking banker in their firm and copy him.
Tom Ford
When France was the only reference for chefs to learn, you could go everywhere in the world, and they would copy dishes directly because they didn’t have much expanded imagination or technique or knowledge.
Daniel Boulud
Somebody said they threw their copy of Dungeons and Dragons into the fire, and it screamed. It’s a game! The magic spells in it are as real as the gold. Try retiring on that stuff.
Gary Gygax
I’ve got a song on One Direction’s album called ‘Tell Me A Lie’. It’s a really cute song – I love it. I loved that they liked it. They sound really great on it. I already have it – I’m so VIP with my copy on my computer! It does sound really good.
Kelly Clarkson
Beto’s copy of the Bill of Rights goes from one to three. Mine includes the Second Amendment. But there are a whole host of people here in Washington… they would be happy to confiscate America’s guns. And if you don’t believe that, then you probably also still believe in Bigfoot.
John Kennedy
All my movies are copies of Hollywood, some of them pretty trashy copies. All filmmakers copy from Hollywood.
Ram Gopal Varma
I was in my mid-teens when someone gave me a copy of ‘Pears Encyclopaedia of Myth and Legends’ as a birthday present. It sat on my shelves for many months before I looked at it. When I did, I couldn’t stop reading it.
Tariq Ali
I have been inspired by world cinema in different ways. But no, ‘Raja The Great’ is not a copy. It’s not based on any film. You will see a lot of Telugu nativity, moreover.
Anil Ravipudi
‘You Talk’ was originally a copy of a certain Velvet Underground song.
Pete Doherty
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
What happened in the region in the last 30 years is not the Middle East. After the Iranian revolution in 1979, people wanted to copy this model in different countries; one of them is Saudi Arabia. We didn’t know how to deal with it. And the problem spread all over the world.
Mohammad bin Salman
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
So I went out and bought myself a copy of the Writer and Artist Yearbook, bought lots of magazines and got on the phone and talked to editors about ideas for stories. Pretty soon I found myself hired to do interviews and articles and went off and did them.
Neil Gaiman
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
I wear the same outfit or, at least, a different copy of it almost every day.
Mark Zuckerberg
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
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
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 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
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
Even if it was a difficult operation to copy a song, it only takes one person to do it. After that the spread of the song via the Internet or other means of propagation is only limited by the honesty of the users.
Dan Farmer
I like to hold a book. When someone sends me a script, I ask for a hard copy or print one out.
Mario Cantone
I don’t try to make the guitar sound like the harpsichord or lute. That makes you end up being like a bad copy.
David Russell
I can write a program that lets you break the copy protection on a music file. But I can’t write a program that solders new connections onto a chip for you.
Dan Farmer
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
My father, whose hobby was collecting secondhand cricket books, came back from a book fair one day with a copy of ‘The Body In The Library.’
Sophie Hannah
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
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
When a writer tries to copy another writer, it’s doomed to fail.
Sophie Hannah
I think the biggest challenge is going to be finding a place that sells comics. Ideally, you want someone to come out of a movie theater, look across the street, see a newsstand, walk in and find a copy of the ‘X-Men’ sitting there. But that’s not what’s going to happen.
Chris Claremont
We Americans love original ideas. But truly, there are already plenty of good ones out there, ours for the taking. If I were too proud to copy the ideas of others, I likely wouldn’t have even a fraction of my current success.
Mohnish Pabrai
Every actor must go through the process of learning and not just be in a hurry to become famous. They should learn to live in small amounts and not to try and copy others.
Pankaj Kapur
We buy a copy of ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ say, and we carry our copy home. We open it; we fall into it. And it is here that the word ‘copy’ fails. Because what I experience when I read ‘Gravity’s Rainbow,’ or ‘Beloved,’ or ‘The Moviegoer,’ is not at all a ‘copy’ of what you experience when you read the same novel.
Anthony Doerr
I’m still a bit of a reading glutton, I think, because I browse, read a bit of the back copy, flip through the book, read a bit of the text, and if it still seems fascinating, I read it. That’s why my bedside table is so cluttered: I want to imbibe it all.
Jesmyn Ward
The only thing I’d ever done with news was to read copy sitting at the microphone in the studio.
Ed Bradley
All great singers copy someone else in the initial stages.
Kumar Sanu
As early as five I’d stick my leg out in a rock stance for family pictures. I was obsessed with Mick Jagger. I’d stand in front of the mirror and copy him, and I’d put a sock down my pants so I had a nice bulge. I didn’t know what that was. I just thought it was part of the uniform.
Bebe Buell
I’ve never really tried to copy anyone; I like to have my own style.
Liam Aiken
As a book editor, you need to pitch every one of your books again and again, dozens of times, for months on end. From a quick conversation with your boss or a letter that’ll be read by just one person, to a five-minute speech in front of 50 colleagues or cover copy that’ll be in front of millions of eyes.
Chris Pavone
As a kid, I was trying to copy what I heard. Namely, I was just listening to producers I looked up to, like 45 King and Marley Marl, and trying to do what they were doing.
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
Like the greats, you want to make your own story yourself, and not be a copy of another.
Kylian Mbappe
When you are small, and you have to try and prove yourself, it is tough. When others are catching up and copy you, that’s tough. We constantly need to change ourselves to stay ahead of the game.
Jochen Zeitz
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
Copy nature and you infringe on the work of our Lord. Interpret nature and you are an artist.
Jacques Lipchitz
The main problem I’ve always had with fashion media is that women are encouraged to copy other women.
Sheila Heti
I remember when I had to copy writing off the board at school it just looked to me like a magic eye picture, I could just see so many shapes.
Tom Burke
If anyone thinks they have set a formula for success, that’s not true. Because if that were to happen then people would only be copying that formula and every following film would be a copy alone.
Diljit Dosanjh
William Regal is an obvious influence, as is Fit Finlay – you can see that in my style of wrestling – but I try not to copy too much of what I see now as that was part of my problem early on.
Pete Dunne
Sometimes it’s flattering when people copy you, but sometimes it gets to a breaking point.
Billie Eilish
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
I think any time people behave in a way that’s truly them, then they’ll never fail. You get in trouble when you try to copy others.
Gabrielle Reece
The difference between a bad artist and a good one is: the bad artist seems to copy a great deal; the good one really does.
William Blake
When something works for you or another brand, ask yourself, ‘Why?’ Then don’t copy it but think about what you can do that’s unique to you and better.
Simon Mainwaring
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
I look at Jagger and the like and if I see a good attitude I’ll admire it but I wouldn’t copy their style.
Michael Hutchence
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
My wife has them all in a vault… a copy of every album.
Jerry Goldsmith
Since I was a kid, I’ve always been able to copy the mannerisms and body language of everyone around me.
Eddy Alvarez
Beauty can grow as a whole, since you shouldn’t copy other people.
Manny MUA
An original artist is unable to copy. So he has only to copy in order to be original.
Jean Cocteau
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
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
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
There’s no harm being a copycat. If someone else is doing a good job, copy. It’s free.
Uday Kotak
I talk to bankers, distributors, marketing people. I used to sit at home in my tracksuit bottoms, and the real excitement of my day would be going out to get a copy of ‘Private Eye’ and a latte.
Rachel Johnson
I know some of my memories are made up and they are far more powerful than the things that actually happened. For example, I always remember my brother posting me a copy of ‘Dubliners’ from Africa, but he says he never did.
John Banville
It’s like I was always not quite sure even how to move in space somehow; I would watch people and then copy them. I found it really hard to walk straight. My brother was always on at me for walking off the pavement. I guess I always expected people to bring me back into line.
Binyavanga Wainaina
An author is somebody who writes a story. It doesn’t matter if you’re a kid or if you’re a grown-up, it doesn’t matter if the book gets published and lots of people get to read it, or if you make just one copy and you share that book with one friend.
Jarrett J. Krosoczka
‘Record Without A Cover’ was about allowing the medium to come through, making a record that was not a document of a performance but a record that could change with time, and would be different from one copy to the next.
Christian Marclay
I remember I had a copy of ‘David Copperfield’ that I lugged around at primary school. I started reading it when I was seven, and I was eight when I finished it. I read an awful lot as a little girl and played games and imagined lots of things.
Victoria Coren Mitchell
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
Once upon a time, I was a little girl sick in the hospital, and my mother gave me a copy of ‘Grimm’s Fairy Tales’ to comfort me.
Kate Forsyth
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
American management thinks that they can just copy from Japan. But they don’t know what to copy.
W. Edwards Deming
Who can copy Garbo?
Cyd Charisse
When I was preparing ‘Kiss Me, Kate,’ I did go to the Museum of Broadcasting and watched an old kinescope of Alfred Drake doing the role on a television special. It was interesting, but I didn’t feel any need to try to copy him.
Brian Stokes Mitchell
There are two kinds of editors, those who correct your copy and those who say it’s wonderful.
Theodore White
I want to evolve each season. I never want to be one of those brands where people know what they’re going to see. I always want an element of surprise. One thing I never want to do is copy what anybody else is doing. I have a signature, and it’s very important to me to stay true to that.
Victoria Beckham
A meticulous virtual copy of the human brain would enable basic research on brain cells and circuits or computer-based drug trials.
Henry Markram
I’ve realized now that I just want to be myself. I don’t necessarily want to wear an exact copy of something on the runway, because that’s not really what style is to me.
Mitch Grassi
To escape jury duty in England, wear a bowler hat and carry a copy of the Daily telegraph.
John Mortimer
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
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.
I’ve always avoided publicity. I’ve never been good copy at any stage of my life. I don’t strive for it, because I don’t think it’s important whether I’m good copy or not. The two can go together, if that’s your personality, but every person on this earth is unique.
Chuck Noll
I don’t think there was a definite day, but it would have been around my mid-20s. I was always interested in the media side of things. When we travelled with England away, or to World Cups, I used to sit with journos while they wrote their copy.
Gary Lineker
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
When people come up to me and say, ‘I read your book,’ I’m thinking, ‘How dare you! Who gave you a copy?’
Steve Toltz
I started playing the piano aged four in an effort to copy Grandpa, who was constantly showing off and entertaining us all, singing comic songs on his baby grand.
Richard Coles
Everyone tells me I have a funny accent. It’s because I copy people. I learned English at school but have best friends who are French, Australian, English and American; a very weird mix.
Caroline Winberg
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.
The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air. All I must do is find it, and copy it.
Jules Renard
An e-bike is like headphones, you can say you have patents, but people will still copy.
Ray J
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
There’s video footage of my 10th birthday where I’m wearing, like, a little pink T-shirt. Then my dad comes in brandishing a copy of ‘Eraserhead,’ going, ‘Look what we’ve got for tonight!’
Jane Goldman
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 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
When ‘Bhaag Mikha Bhaag’ was released, no matter where I went – Australia, England or Canada, people around the world used to say ‘Farhan is Milkha Singh’s ditto copy.’
Milkha Singh
I had my own mind made up in that I was going to do my own thing. I wasn’t going to copy from this guy or that guy.
Rocky Johnson
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
When ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ was a new album in 1973, a friend of mine walked into my room where I was working with a copy in his hand and said, ‘You really have to do a play about this album.’
Tom Stoppard
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
Without editors planning assignments and copy editors fixing mistakes, reporters quickly deteriorate into underwear guys writing blogs from their den.
George Vecsey
I see a lot of people try to come out and copy me, duplicate me, and give it the old college try, but at the end of the day, there’s only one Chael Sonnen.
Chael Sonnen
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
I can’t copy nature.
Elsa Peretti
I thought I would write non-fiction. I thought I would enter the New York literary scene as copy editor, work my way up, and then write my own books.
Michael Gruber
Every time you recall a memory, you’re basically making another copy of it and, at that same point, it is susceptible to new changes and adaptations.
Pete Docter
It was fun playing a pregnant woman. I have seen my cousins and friends go through the beautiful journey of being a mother and I tried to copy them.
Shweta Basu Prasad
Now it’s hard to pick up any copy of ‘Wired’ that doesn’t mention YouTube.
Jawed Karim
I became a copy boy. Not for long. I started writing stories.
Jimmy Breslin
Girl bands still do just copy the way men move onstage. To me, that is so backwards, so un-radical.
Viv Albertine
As you get older, whatever your struggles may be – how you sound, how you look, how you dress – you grow into yourself a little bit more. You end up realizing the world wants you and not a carbon copy of six other people.
Keala Settle
I’m starting to see players copy what I do. I’m flattered.
Dennis Rodman
As the true object of education is not to render the pupil the mere copy of his preceptor, it is rather to be rejoiced in, than lamented, that various reading should lead him into new trains of thinking.
William Godwin
When we had our first son, four different people gave us the same present: a copy of Ezra Jack Keats’ ‘The Snowy Day.’ A new child often inspires duplicate gifts – we were given a dozen mostly useless baby blankets, just one more thing to spit up on – but this one was different.
Rumaan Alam
I started off as a rapper from Thunder Bay, Ontario, believe it or not. There was a little group of 10 or 12 of us that would get together and copy each other’s cassettes. So I was a rapper first, and it was that music that got me into this great entertainment world and got me out of Thunder Bay.
Kevin Durand
I vividly remember my first ‘Superman’ comic, which my granddad bought me when I was about 7. From that point on, all I wanted to do is draw comics. And specifically, superhero and science fiction comics. Basically I used to copy comic books, and draw my own comics on scrap paper.
Dave Gibbons
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
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
You know how most kids have posters of sports heroes on their walls? They gave me reams of the old news copy, and I had those taped in my bedroom. And I would practice reading the news.
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
After I made ‘Oh Carolina’ in the 1990s, the record company wanted me to copy that sound, and I refused.
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
I think there are problems with compact disc copy protection that can’t be resolved.
Edward Felten
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
There’s an entire flight simulator hidden in every copy of Microsoft Excel 97.
Bruce Schneier
More than 30 years ago, in Washington, D.C., I secured a copy of a single by a Los Angeles band called The Bags. The two-song 7-inch, released on Dangerhouse, had a girl on the cover who looked right at you with huge eyes. The songs, ‘Survive’ and ‘Babylonian Gorgon,’ were great and made many of my mix tapes.
Henry Rollins
In terms of my actual acting, I don’t really like to to copy anyone or replicate anything that I’ve seen.
Dacre Montgomery
The way I write is, I listen to things in my head, and then I copy them down. I memorize conversations and things like that; I seem to be able to do that pretty well. I suppose in that respect there’s some improvisation, although I work over the stuff after I’ve got it down on paper.
Harvey Pekar
You must be one of the few people with a copy of that. I don’t think they printed too many.
Chow Yun-Fat
If you take all the factories in the world today, they could make all the parts necessary to build more factories like themselves. So, in a sense, we have a self-replicating industrial system today, but it would take a tremendous effort to copy what we already have.
K. Eric Drexler
I took opera lessons. I can’t read music to save my life, but I would just copy and get away with it. I think that they thought I could read music, but I can’t. I would just listen.
Alex Winston
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
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
I love French films, and I copy things I see in them. I read magazines and also look at Tumblr. I love nails, so I literally just search the word ‘nails’ on Tumblr and start looking.
Felicity Jones
I loved modeling. I absolutely loved it. I was so happy to get the cover of ‘Vogue’ – 23 times. I keep each copy. I made more money as a model than as an actress or as a filmmaker. In monetary terms, beauty pays more than anything.
Isabella Rossellini
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
Instapaper does support paywall sites. I have a list of them, that when someone saves something it sends a copy of the page as they are viewing it only to them. If you subscribe to a paid site, you can save the content. I’m not really touching the money.
Marco Arment
I bring a copy of ‘Dracula’ with me wherever I go, the book. It’s my favorite book in the world, it’s absolutely incredible. My great-great grandfather was the guy who printed the first edition, so he’s the first person to ever put ‘Dracula’ on the written page.
Jack Reynor
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
Traditional copyright has been that you can’t make a full copy of somebody’s work without their permission.
Patricia Schroeder
Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Pablo Picasso
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
It’s really hard to copy another actor and be successful. In fact, that’s usually the reason people are not good, because they’re copying something they’ve seen, but, for some reason with their face and their body, it doesn’t work.
Jesse Eisenberg
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
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
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
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
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
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 have Peter O’Toole’s autograph on a first-edition copy of his autobiography that I acquired under false pretenses.
Paul F. Tompkins
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
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
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
If I have to work hard or think hard or just copy somebody else that’s doing it better – whatever it takes, I’m going to find that solution. That’s the drive that keeps me going.
Venus Williams
Writers’ bedtimes vary, but few have been spared the shock of a copy editor’s early wake-up call.
Bill F. Walsh
I think the rock audience still likes to have a physical product. The demand for owning a physical copy is still there.
Steven Wilson
I’ve earned my living in all sorts of terrible ways – as a janitor, a copy editor, a psychotherapist.
Chad Harbach
In the ’50s and ’60s, journalism wasn’t a profession. It wasn’t something you went to college for – it was really more of a trade. You had a lot of guys who came up working in newspapers at the copy desk, or delivery boys, and then they would somehow become reporters afterward and learn on the job.
Matt Taibbi
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
Even Andy Warhol had a copy of ‘666.’
Demis Roussos
My father works for Xerox and fixes those gigantic copy machines that are about 10 feet wide.
Michael Cera
Van Morrison is probably, at this point in time, my biggest influence as a vocalist. When we were making our last album I had a vinyl copy of ‘Veedon Fleece’ in the vocal booth in front of me, in the dorky sense. I think there were candles around, which is really tacky, but hey, I needed to channel Van the Man!
Nate Ruess
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
I just wanted to play tennis. I started because I wanted to pick up another sport and then as I was slowly getting better I wanted to see how far I can go but I always wanted to be myself. I wanted to be original. I didn’t want to copy anybody’s style.
Jana Novotna
I’ve learned my tricks watching videos on the Internet with friends. I’m always trying to copy what I’ve seen at home, what I learned from my friends. But you have to repeat it again and again to get it right on the field.
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
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.
You can’t copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you’re working without any real feeling.
Billie Holiday
Because when you’re 10, 11, 12, 13, you see all these strokes and you want to copy them. And it’s not easy to keep what you started with, if that makes sense.
Taylor Fritz
Like many people, I kicked around, struggled to become a writer, finally got my first full-time job around 27, 28, at ‘The Hill’ newspaper. They hired me as a copy editor, which was kind of funny because I’m semi-blind because I have an eye disorder.
David Grann
We all wanted to copy Vivien Leigh.
Natalie Wood
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
That’s the way I always listened to music. I’d listen and copy it. I play by ear so that’s easier than reading.
Sixto Rodriguez
I just saw a copy of a cover of a magazine that I’m on, and it’s very weird and unusual.
Mia Kirshner