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Other plagiarism arguments

People overly concerned with tracking down and denouncing plagiarism have defective characters.  They are small-minded, reactionary bullies....

Maxims

Writing is hard, but the hardest part of writing is actually the easiest: sitting down to do it.

“We become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.” --Aristotle

Do less, write more.

Festina lente.

A cluttered desk reflects a cluttered mind.

Festina lente.

Don't expect to get any work done on a blank page in an open space.

It takes hours, not weeks or months, to write. A paper, a book, or a dissertation: it makes no difference; hours, not weeks or months. Those who don't understand this ultimately take years.

Be brilliant.

Do not write so that you can be understood, but so that you cannot be misunderstood
--Epictetus

Fortune favors the prepared mind. --Louis Pasteur

To know whom to write for is to know how to write.
---Virginia Woolf

"La ciencia desdeña el poseedor avariento."
[Knowledge disdains the miserly owner."]
--Alonso de Cartagena

Don't fake out your reader: unlike the running back, the academic writer wants to be tackled.