Imagination Quotes

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Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is
Yvonne Craig

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.
Arthur W Pinero

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

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



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