Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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

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

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

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

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

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



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