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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

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

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

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

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
John Keats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In real cricket, the player who has developed imagination and skill mkaes the game, but in the one day match it is the other way round. The match dictates to the player.
Brian Close

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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



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