Imitation is Suicide.Emerson, Ralph Waldo 1803-1882 American Poet Essayist
Copying someone else and giving up my identity to be like another is the death of me, suicide. It is important for me, to be me and not to imitate another because I think that person has a better life or is smarter. I can use the qualities of another to help me understand myself better, but I should move on and develop my own skills. Using another as a model so I can shape myself is fine, but I do not want to imitate that person, become a clone of that person, because then I lose myself and that would be like suicide. It is good to admire others to help me know myself better, but I do not want to become them, I want to become myself, with their help.