“I have myself always been terrified of plagiarism—of being accused of it, that is. Every writer is a thief, though some of us are more clever than others at disguising our robberies. The reason writers are such slow readers is that we are ceaselessly searching for things we can steal and then pass off as our own: a natty bit of syntax, a seamless transition, a metaphor that jumps to its target like an arrow shot from an aluminum crossbow.”
Yes. I steal. Sometimes when I really like a phrase, I’ll tweet it. In the process of tweeting, I try to adjust it into 140 characters. There are a lot of times when I cannot adjust it into 140 characters, so I rephrase it so much that it is no longer the same idea and no longer the same words. Its not mine, its not theirs.