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As Wilson Mizner once said and I agree:

“IF  YOU  STEAL  FROM  ONE  AUTHOR  IT’S  PLAGIARISM;  IF  YOU  STEAL  FROM  MANY  IT’S  RESEARCH.”

Wilson Mizner (May 19, 1876 – April 3, 1933) was an American playwright, raconteur, and entrepreneur. His best-known plays are “The Deep Purple”, produced in 1910, and “The Greyhound”, produced in 1912. He was manager and co-owner of The Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles, California, and was affiliated with his brother, Addison Mizner, in a series of scams and picaresque misadventures that inspired Stephen Sondheim’s “Road Show “.                                                      Wilson Mizner is noted for many bons mot such as, “Be nice to people on the way up because you’ll meet the same people on the way down,” and, “If you copy from one author, it’s plagiarism. If you copy from two, it’s research. Mizner suffered the same fate as Dorothy Parker: both are better remembered today for their witty repartee than for specific literary works

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Posted by on July 26, 2012 in Eric Lindsay, Wilson Mizner

 

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