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"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"

Let no one else's work evade your eyes
Remember why the good Lord made your eyes
So don't shade your eyes
But plagiarize, plagiarize, plagiarize —
Only be sure always to call it please "research".
— "Lobachevsky", Songs by Tom Lehrer