The practice of thinking and creating in ways that are non-imitative and at times unprecedented.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

  • plagiarism
  • trendiness
  • unoriginality

Virtues possibly in tension


How to acquire or strengthen it


Notes and links

Mentioned elsewhere


Inspirational quotes

  • “It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation.” ―Herman Melville
  • But maybe originality can’t be forced: “Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth (without caring twopence how often it has been told before) you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.” ―C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity