I'd like to hear some thoughts on what you all think this quote means and if it holds any truth at all. I was recently discussing this with a fellow designer, Mike DeLeon. This is my first official post on Branch as well!
I think what the quote was supposed to mean is that by copying, you aren't adding value to something. You are simply taking something and cloning it. To steal something infers that you took the idea and made it your own. Stealing money would be transferring the value of that money to you and making it your own.
Good artists copy - Copying good artistic works
Great artists steal - Taking an artistic work and modifying it to make it your own and hopefully making it better in the process