Picasso: Good artists copy, great artists steal


I think I know – but here is another trying to explain.

“One of the surest tests [of the superiority or inferiority of a poet] is the way in which a poet borrows. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The good poet welds his theft into a whole of feeling which is unique, utterly different than that from which it is torn; the bad poet throws it into something which has no cohesion. A good poet will usually borrow from authors remote in time, or alien in language, or diverse in interest. Eliot, T.S., “Philip Massinger,” The Sacred Wood, New York: Bartleby.com, 2000.

I would put it differently but first need to ask who owns truth? We have all be given the freedom to use truth but does truth come from the person does the person own the truth? To add to a scientific theory; we need to first steal the theory; make it our own, then state a new possible truth – not a copy.

Take for example the Vista (TM) Button who owns it? That would be Microsoft (TM). A tutorial on how to create one is only teaching how to be at best “good” to be great own the concept and use it to produce what is in your heart.

Where did I get this background banner design?

I stole the proportion system 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 from Fibonacci (TM) merged the numerical progressions into a progression of going from one color to another, thinking about automotive colors. Fibonacci did not create the gradient but I stood on his proportions to create it. Fibonacci got it from the same place truth comes from.

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