He liked those literary cooks Who skim the cream of others' books; And ruin half an author's graces By plucking bon-mots from their places.
Hannah More, Florio, the Bas Blue.
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 of 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 recognise his own work, his own genius, and his own style, so skilfully shall the whole be disguised.isaac d'israeli
For such kind of borrowing as this, if it be not bettered by the borrower, among good authors is accounted plagiary.john milton
They lard their lean books with the fat of others' works.robert burton
Next o'er his books his eyes began to roll, In pleasing memory of all he stole; How here he sipp'd, how there he plunder'd snug, And suck'd all o'er like an industrious bug.Alexander Pope
With him most authors steal their works, or buy; Garth did not write his own Dispensary.Alexander Pope
Steal! to be sure they may; and egad, serve your best thoughts as gypsies do stolen children, disfigure them to make 'em pass for their own.Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Call them if you please bookmakers, not authors; range them rather among second-hand dealers than plagiarists.voltaire
Who borrow much, then fairly make it known, And damn it with improvements of their own.Edward Young
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."
Amongst so many borrowed things, am glad if I can steal one, disguising and altering it for some new service.Michel de Montaigne
The seed ye sow, another reaps; The wealth ye find, another keeps: The robes ye weave, another wears: The arms ye forge another bears.Percy Bysshe Shelley