In describing the contributions of the past and how it impacts our future, Sir Isaac Newton once attributed his success to those who came before. In 1676, he wrote to Robert Hooke, "If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants."
Newton's observation wasn't original. Like all who use words, some of the best have been written or spoken. It's really a matter of using the good ones in a rearrangement.