Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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 imagination is man's power over nature.
Wallace Stevens

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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