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You don’t have to invent to be successful, just find a failed invention and carry on from where the other person left off. Or if you are more ethical, use the seeds that other people have generated to stimulate your own new thoughts.

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connections, ideas*, innovation, rearrangement, understanding


‘Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.’

Howard Aiken

‘If you can’t imitate him, don’t copy him.’

Yogi Berra

‘The shortest road to ruin is to emulate the methods of your adversary.’

Winston Churchill

‘Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.’

Ralph Waldo Emerson

‘No man ever yet became great by imitation.’

Samuel Johnson

‘It is better to fail in originality than succeed in imitation.’

Herman Melville

‘To model an object is to possess it.’

Pablo Picasso


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