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"Is there a thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been long ago, in the ages which were before us."
But before and before, and ever so long beforeAnd hauled it up or dropped it as they choosed
And such contrivances were used,
The whole Confucian sea-board had standardized the lee-board.
—Rudyard Kipling, The Junk and the Dhow
A "new thinker," when studied closely, is merely a man who does not know what other people have thought.—Frank Moore Colby
I have a scoop for you. I stole his act. I camouflaged it with punchlines, and to really throw people off, I did it before he did.—Bill Hicks, commenting on similarities between his stand-up comedy routine and Denis Leary's.
"Jack Kirby" did it first and did it better.—Old comic creator's proverb.
"Nothing is created, everything is copiated."—Chacrinha, Brazilian TV host and humourist. The grammar was sacrified to maintain the rhyme.
Animals engage in a struggle for existence; for resources, to avoid being eaten and to breed. Environmental factors influence organisms to develop new characteristics to ensure survival, thus transforming into new species. Animals that survive to breed can pass on their successful characteristics to offspring.—Arabic scholar Al-Jahiz, discussing the theory of evolution in the ninth century.
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