Imagination Quotes

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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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?
Cesare Pavese

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
Iris Murdoch

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

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

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

I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be.
Billy Connelly

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

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

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

The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images.
Sheila Ballantyne

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
David Bailey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house.
Maria Callas

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

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

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



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