“There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new combinations indefinitely; but they are the same old pieces of colored glass that have been in use through all the ages.”

-Mark Twain
Paine, Albert Bigelow. Mark Twain, A Biography: The Personal and Literary Life of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Source).


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    • Chelsea Owens December 28, 2018 / 9:53 am

      You may want to remove copyrighted names, just in case.


  1. bereavedandbeingasingleparent December 28, 2018 / 2:28 pm

    I totally agree with you. I always think that anything completely new has to be alien in origin. Starting to sound like Fox Molder.

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  2. Jon December 28, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    Ecclesiastes 1:9
    That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun. – Apparently Mr. Clemens borrowed from King Solomon and all the new was used up even way back then.

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  3. Bladud Fleas December 29, 2018 / 2:50 am

    Then the guy at the beginning of the line must have been some really profound genius. 🙂

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    • Chelsea Owens December 29, 2018 / 6:13 am

      Joke’s on you. THAT guy actually ripped off from his cousin, who heard it from her neighbor, who thought the wise man of the clan cited a blackbird…

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  4. Nitin January 6, 2019 / 7:46 am

    This and every artist is a thief.

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    • Chelsea Owens January 6, 2019 / 8:25 am

      Pretty much. We’re into hero-worshipping but, often, the credit goes to whoever markets his ‘idea’ best.

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