Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 dare to be great. The man without imagination stands unhurt and hath no wings. This is my credo, this is my forte.
Don King

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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