Imitation is an advanced behavior whereby an individual observes and replicates another's. The word can be applied in many contexts, ranging from animal training to international politics.


  • Emulation can be positive, if you succeed in avoiding imitation.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, Lulu Press (Raleigh, NC, USA),, 2nd ed. 2014 (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 Unported License), p. 27.
  • L'imitazione del male supera sempre l'esempio; come per il contrario, l'imitazione del bene è sempre inferiore.
    • He who imitates what is evil always goes beyond the example that is set; on the contrary, he who imitates what is good always falls short.
    • Francesco Guicciardini, Storia d' Italia (1537-1540).
  • Der Mensch ist ein nachahmendes Geschöpf.
    Und wer der Vorderste ist, führt die Heerde.
    • An imitative creature is man; whoever is foremost, leads the herd.
    • Friedrich Schiller, Wallenstein's Tod (1798), III, 4, 9.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 387-88.
  • Respicere exemplar vitæ morumque jubebo
    Doctum imitatorem, et veras hinc ducere voces.
    • I would advise him who wishes to imitate well, to look closely into life and manners, and thereby to learn to express them with truth.
    • Horace, Are Poetica, CCCXVII.
  • Pindarum quisquis studet æmulari,
    Iule ceratis ope Dædalea
    Nititur pennis, vitreo daturus
    Nomina ponto.
    • He who studies to imitate the poet Pindar, O Julius, relies on artificial wings fastened on with wax, and is sure to give his name to a glassy sea.
    • Horace, Carmina, IV, 2, 1.
  • Dociles imitandis
    Turpibus ac pravis omnes sumus.
    • We are all easily taught to imitate what is base and depraved.
    • Juvenal, Satires, XIV. 40.
  • C'est un bétail servile et sot à mon avis
    Que les imitateurs.

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