imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Prov. Copying someone is flattering because it shows you want to be like that person. Child: Susie's doing everything I do. Make her stop. Mother: Don't be cross with her. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but I don't feel flattered when Mary copies my answers to the homework.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

When people say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they mean that if someone copies you, it must be because they admire you. Gregory Campbell went into West Belfast last week, I was there years ago. But imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
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imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

copying someone or something is an implicit way of paying them a compliment. proverb
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For as there are persons who, by conscious art or mere habit, imitate and represent various objects through the medium of colour and form, or again by the voice; so in the arts above mentioned, taken as a whole, the imitation is produced by rhythm, language, or 'harmony,' either singly or combined.
People do, indeed, add the word 'maker' or 'poet' to the name of the metre, and speak of elegiac poets, or epic (that is, hexameter) poets, as if it were not the imitation that makes the poet, but the verse that entitles them all indiscriminately to the name.
tomfoolery, in imitation of certain sacred rites of our holy religion.
She showed me by imitation, as a savage might have shown me, what she meant.
She was still rocking herself in imitation of the "Master," and still staring into the fire with her hands to her head.
And narration may be either simple narration, or imitation, or a union of the two?
And this assimilation of himself to another, either by the use of voice or gesture, is the imitation of the person whose character he assumes?
In the same manner I have now secured myself from the imitation of those who are utterly incapable of any degree of reflection, and whose learning is not equal to an essay.
One day the Baronet surprised "her ladyship," as he jocularly called her, seated at that old and tuneless piano in the drawing-room, which had scarcely been touched since Becky Sharp played quadrilles upon it--seated at the piano with the utmost gravity and squalling to the best of her power in imitation of the music which she had sometimes heard.
He thrummed on the table as if it had been a musical instrument, and squalled in imitation of her manner of singing.
These two ladies were the chief representatives of a select new Petersburg circle, nicknamed, in imitation of some imitation, les sept merveilles du monde.
Her tendency to imitation is so strong, that it leads her to actions which must be entirely incomprehensible to her, and which can give her no other pleasure than the gratification of an internal faculty.
When he was tired with play I took him back to the table, and he was quite ready to begin again his process of imitation.
One of these last was extremely amusing in the imitations, she gave us in confidence, of various highly-placed personages she was perpetually rushing off to Paris to interview in the interests of the cause - POR EL REY
But her imitations of a Parisian personage, very highly placed indeed, as she represented him standing in the corner of a room with his face to the wall, rubbing the back of his head and moaning helplessly, "Rita, you are the death of me