Honor Among Theives: Art, Stealing, Inspiration and Authenticity

Where is the line between art and imitation? What makes a piece of art original versus derivative? How do artists (largely) create their work?

"Good artists copy; great artists steal." -Pablo Picasso

“Good poets borrow, great poets steal.” T.S Eliot

“A good composer does not imitate; he steals,” Igor Stravinsky

“Immature artists copy, great artists steal.” Faulkner

“Good artists copy, great artists steal.” Steve Jobs

“If you think a man draws the type of hands that you want to draw, steal ‘em. Take those hands.” Jack Kirby

"A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest.” TS Elliot

“If you have one person you’re influenced by, everyone will say you’re the next whoever. But if you rip off a hundred people, everyone will say you’re so original!" Gary Panter

My hobbie (one of them anyway)…is using a lot of scotch tape… My hobbie is to pick out different things during what I read and piece them together and make a little story of my own.” Louis Armstrong

“All writing is in fact cut-ups. A collage of words read heard overheard. What else?” William S Burroughs