To imitate nature involves the verb to do. To copy is merely to reflect something already there, inertly: Shakespeare's mirror is all that is needed for it. But by imitation we enlarge nature itself, we become nature or we discover in ourselves nature's active part.

Quote tags

nature mirror imitation art shakespeare

Similar from art genre

The forgiveness of God flows through me and because I ... by Patience Johnson Quote #127833
In each painting, I think, it's as if  God were ... by Yves Bonnefoy Quote #178986
Without atmosphere a painting is nothing. ... by Rembrandt Quote #177622
It's a pity one can't imagine what one can't compare ... by Vladimir Nabokov Quote #177428