Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There are two worlds, the world that we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imaginations
Leigh Hunt

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.
Jacob Bronowski

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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

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

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



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