Careful Words

original (n.)

original (adj.)

  A thought is often original, though you have uttered it a hundred times.

Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894): The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table. i.

From thee, great God, we spring, to thee we tend,—

Path, motive, guide, original, and end.

Samuel Johnson (1709-1784): Motto to the Rambler. No. 7.

His form had yet not lost

All her original brightness, nor appear'd

Less than archangel ruin'd, and th' excess

Of glory obscur'd.

John Milton (1608-1674): Paradise Lost. Book i. Line 591.

The spacious firmament on high,

With all the blue ethereal sky,

And spangled heavens, a shining frame,

Their great Original proclaim.

Joseph Addison (1672-1719): Ode.