When people have praised or celebrated my books, I have often quipped that I doubt I have ever had an original thought! That is not just wit or modesty. I mean it. Who do I think I am to imagine that I ever came up with some thought that no one else in history has ever thought long before me? I know better. And then I saw this delightful quote from Voltaire… the nom de plume for Francois-Marie Arouet.

“Originality is nothing but judicious imitation.”

— M. de Voltaire (Francois-Marie Arouet) (1694 – 1778)
French Enlightenment writer, noted for criticism of slavery and advocacy of freedom of speech and religion

About Cathy Burnham Martin

Author of 20+ books, and counting! A professional voice-over artist, dedicated foodie, and lifelong corporate communications geek, Cathy Burnham Martin has enjoyed a highly eclectic career, ranging from the arts and journalism to finance, telecommunications, and publishing. Along with her husband, Ron Martin, she has passions for entertaining, gardening, volunteering, active and visual arts, GREAT food, and traveling. Cathy often says, "I believe that we all should live with as much contagious enthusiasm as possible... Whether we're with friends or family, taking people along for the ride is more than half the fun."
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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!