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Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Hobbits are just rustic English people, made small in size because it reflects the generally small reach of their imagination.
J R R Tolkien

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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