Imagination Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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