Emulation

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Anna Letitia Barbauld: Young gentlemen, who are to display their knowledge to the world, should have every motive of emulation,...
Confuscius: When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self
Niccolo Machiavelli:… So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding...
Tullian Tchividjian: There is a strange impulse in many to protect Bible characters and to use them as inspiration...
Frances Wright:… though it is by no means requisite that the American women should emulate the men in the pursuit of the whale, the felling of the forest, or the shooting of wild turkeys,...

Emulation is the effort or desire to equal or surpass others.

Quotes[edit]

  • Emulation can be positive, if you succeed in avoiding imitation.
    • Fausto Cercignani in: Brian Morris, Simply Transcribed. Quotations from Fausto Cercignani, 2014, p. 27.
  • There is no human reason why a child should not admire and emulate his teacher's ability to do sums, rather than the village bum's ability to whittle sticks and smoke cigarettes. The reason why the child does not is plain enough... the bum has put himself on an equality with him and the teacher has not
  • Men nearly always follow the tracks made by others and proceed in their affairs by imitation, even though they cannot entirely keep to the tracks of others or emulate the prowess of their models. So a prudent man should always follow in the footsteps of great men and imitate those who have been outstanding. If his own prowess fails to compare with theirs, at least it has an air of greatness about it. He should behave like those archers who, if they are skilful, when the target seems too distant, know the capabilities of their bow and aim a good deal higher than their objective, not in order to shoot so high but so that by aiming high they can reach the target.
  • Imitation is replication of particulars, emulation is adoption of an exemplified universal or principle.
    • David L. Norton, Personal Destinies: A Philosophy of Ethical Individualism (1976), p. 12.
  • Great people give inspiration by their deeds. They lead by examples. Common people always emulate them. ”
  • The deities acquired knowledge from the Vedas and human beings too should emulate the deities and acquire knowledge in the same manner.
  • ...though it is by no means requisite that the American women should emulate the men in the pursuit of the whale, the felling of the forest, or the shooting of wild turkeys, they might, with advantage, be taught in early youth to excel in the race, to hit a mark, to swim, and in short to use every exercise which could impart vigor to their frames and independence to their minds. But I have dwelt enough upon this subject, and you will, perhaps, apprehend that I am about to subjoin a Utopian plan of national education: no, I leave this to the republic herself, and, wishing all success to her endeavours, I bid your farewell.

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