Imagination Quotes

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It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-level art, twisted imagination and a chainsaw. [He won the Turner Prize]
Damien Hirst

Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.
Vladimir Nabokov

Imagination is a quality given a man to compensate him for what he is not, and a sense of humour was provided to console him for what he is.
Oscar Wilde

Science does not know its debt to imagination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future
Jessamyn West

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
Henry Miller

Take the obvious, add a cupful of brains, a generous pinch of imagination, a bucketful of courage and daring, stir well and bring to a boil.
Bernard Baruch

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

You see, my good friend, how much we are the creatures of situation and circumstance, and with what pliant servility the mind resigns itself to the impressions of the senses, or the illusions of the imagination
Lady Morgan

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
Henry Ward Beecher

Few people have the imagination for reality.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but, until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
Maxwell Maltz

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
Judy Garland

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
Adam Smith

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can.
Ingrid Bengis

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
John Dewey

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.
Sylvia Plath

The imagination is man's power over nature.
Wallace Stevens

You can make sounds and music out of pretty much anything with a little imagination and putting your mind to it!
Stan Freberg

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.
Camille Paglia

An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination. [What does modern art too then?]
Eduard Hanslick

Cowardice, as distinguished from panic, is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend the functioning of the imagination.
Ernest Hemingway

The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.
J R R Tolkien

A vague recollection fills my mind, an image dazzling, but undefined, like the memory of a gorgeous dream. It crowds my brain confusedly, but will not stay. It changes like the tremulous sunshine on the wave, till imagination itself is dazzled, bewildered, overpowered.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

You cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Mark Twain

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
Thomas Edison

Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life.
Ronnie Dio

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
Wallace Stevens

Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
Isaac Disraeli

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Carl Sagan

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
Arnold Toynbee

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
John Keats

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
Orison Swett Marden

There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

He is outside of everything, and alien everywhere. He is an aesthetic solitary. His beautiful, light imagination is the wing that on the autumn evening just brushes the dusky window.
Henry James

Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination.
James Farmer

Somethings are best left to the imagination and some things that can be spoken are better off not said.
Lori Ann Felker

We remember not the scores and the results in after years; it is the men who remain in our minds, in our imagination.
Neville Cardus

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds
Zig Ziglar

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
Ambrose Bierce

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.
Harry S Truman

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
Henry Ward Beecher

In real cricket, the player who has developed imagination and skill mkaes the game, but in the one day match it is the other way round. The match dictates to the player.
Brian Close

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Some people have active imaginations, but they don't know me and they're wrong if they think they do.
Yamila Diaz

The Christian tradition was passed on to me as a great rich mixture, a bouillabaisse of human imagination and wonder brewed from the richness of individual lives.
Mary Bateson

Some books stretch the imagination. This one mugs it. [On the novel Spares]
David Baddiel

He's still a relatively young captain but he shows real imagination and his fields are well thought out, it just depends, sometimes you have to stop the fours, sometimes you can let them go by [on Michael Vaughan]
Duncan Fletcher



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