All, all is theft, all is unceasing and rigorous competition in nature; the desire to make off with the substance of others is the foremost – the most legitimate – passion nature has bred into us and, without doubt, the most agreeable one.

Georges Simenon wrote more than 500 novels.

Property is theft.

Art is either plagiarism or revolution.

Isaac Asimov wrote 506 novels.

Ideas improve. The meaning of words participates in the improvement. Plagiarism is necessary. Progress implies it. It embraces an author’s phrase, makes use of his expressions, erases a false idea, and replaces it with the right idea.

Alexandre Dumas wrote 277 novels.

The robbed that smiles, steals something from the thief.

Opportunity makes a thief.

Rolf Kalmuczak: maybe 3,000 novels. More than 100 pseudonyms.

Hunger makes a thief.

Want of money and the distress of a thief can never be alleged as the cause of his thieving, for many honest people endure greater hardships with fortitude. We must therefore seek the cause elsewhere than in want of money, for that is the miser’s passion, not the thief’s.

Ursula Bloom—over 500 novels.

James Joyce wrote four novels.

James Joyce wrote three novels.

James Joyce wrote only three novels.

It’s nice to sometimes get things out of life, rather than stealing from other artists. I’m trying to steal from the real people.

The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

They’re stealing my ideas. They’re imitating my shots.


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