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Bad artists copy good artists steal

Bad artists copy good artists steal
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This quote is based on an article, titled "Imitators and Plagiarists" by W. H. Davenport Adams in 1892:

"Of Tennyson’s assimilative method, when he adopts an image or a suggestion from a predecessor, and works it up into his own glittering fabric, I shall give a few instances, offering as the result and summing up of the preceding inquiries a modest canon: “That great poets imitate and improve, whereas small ones steal and spoil."

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