Quotes: Plagiarism in Fiction

"If you copy from one author, it's plagiarism; if you copy from many, it's research."
Wilson Mizner

Cropper: In short, sir, Mrs Ogg seems to believe that writing a book largely involves copying things out of other books and pasting them onto any bits of plain paper she can find, then signing them "G. Ogg" in crayon.
Goatberger: You're telling me that Mrs Ogg has simply recycled bits of more than a dozen books?
Cropper: In a word, yes.
Goatberger: The cunning old biddy! Then it counts as research and is perfectly OK. Don't worry about it.
—- The publishers of Nanny Ogg's Cookbook

"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."

"Your theory of a donut-shaped universe is intriguing, Homer. I may have to steal it."
Stephen Hawking, The Simpsons, "They Saved Lisa's Brain"