Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

There are all sorts of topics and themes that just recur time and time again, which either means people have less imagination or that people never get bored of them... or both!
Buck Henry

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

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

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

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

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

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

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

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

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



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