Imagination Quotes

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A man with a music-hall imagination [on Johnston]
John Arlott

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

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

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

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

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
C S Lewis

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

On Wales losing 28-9 against Australia: 'No leadership, no ideas. Not even enough imagination to thump someone in the line-up when the ref wasn't looking'
JPR Williams

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

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

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

Always have a vivid imagination, for you never know when you might need it
J K Rowling

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

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.
Joseph Addison

I dare to be great. The man without imagination stands unhurt and hath no wings. This is my credo, this is my forte.
Don King

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
Charles Kettering

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

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

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

Facts have long since upstaged fiction, and the novelistic imagination now contents itself with documenting incidents it wouldn't have the temerity to invent.
Peter Conrad

Few things are more deeply rooted in the collective imagination of the English than the village cricket match.
Geoffrey Moorhouse

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart
Washington Irving

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

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

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

It's an act of imagination just as valid as any serious competitor, like a drama or the novel [on comedy, that is]
Armando Iannucci

I have a huge, active imagination, [and] I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman.
Claire Danes

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

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

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

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

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

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people... The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.
Al Gore

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

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

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

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

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

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

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

It's like a secret world simmering away [on her imagination]
Esther Freud

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
George Jean Nathan

Sometimes I even ask myself if all this has really happened, if its pictures dwell in truth in my memory, and not merely in my imagination.
Jules Verne

Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.
Bill Hicks

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

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

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



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