Posted by ESC on August 14, 2001

In Reply to: Imitation/flattery posted by D.M. Wilson on August 13, 2001

: Who first said, "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery?" I've checked every database I can find and no one has it posted on their site. Thanks!

IMITATION IS THE SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY - "Usually said ironically when someone tries to gain attention by copying someone else's original ideas. Coined by Charles Caleb Colton in 1820 in his 'Lacon.' First attested in the United States in 'Malice' by E. Cameron. The adage is found in varying forms." From Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings by Gregory Y. Titelman (Random House, New York, 1996).