Colten – Imitation

imitation flattery“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”

– Charles Caleb Colton, 1820

 

 

 

Note:  Similar versions of this quote can be found as far back as 1708:

  • “You should consider that Imitation is the most acceptable part of Worship, and that the Gods had much rather Mankind should Resemble, than Flatter them.” (in a 1708 biography of Marcus Aurelius by Jeremy Collier and André Dacier)
  • “Imitation is a kind of artless Flattery” (English writer Eustace Budgell, 1714)