Imagination Quotes

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work. - Louis Aragon


We can only create what we can imagine. - Robert B. Mackay


The primary imagination I hold to be the living power and prime agent of all human perception, and as a repetition in the finite mind of the eternal act of creation in the infinite I Am. - Samuel Taylor Coleridge


When the will and the imagination (unconscious) are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without exception. - Emile Coue


There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste. [De., Es ist nichts furchterlicher als Einbildungskraft ohne Geschmack] - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark. - Annie Dillard


We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. - Maria Mitchell


By no amount of agile exercising of a wistful imagination could my mother have been called lenient. Generous she was; indulgent never. Kind, yes, permissive, never. In her world, people she accepted paddled their own canoes, pulled their own weight, put their own shoulders to their own plows and pushed like hell. - Maya Angelou


Memory feeds imagination.-Amy Tan


You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.-Jack London


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.-Henry David Thoreau


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


They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.-Sir Francis Bacon


Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face.-James D. Finley


So you see, imagination needs moodling - long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.-Brenda Ueland


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


Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.-Jessamyn West

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

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.-Paul Gauguin


Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which 'are' there.-Richard Feynman


Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.-E. E. Cummings


The world is but a canvas to our imagination.-Henry David Thoreau


The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.-Frank Barron


When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.-Tuli Kupferberg


Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if.."; And then do it.-Duane Michals


People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.-William Butler Yeats


An idea is salvation by imagination.-Frank Lloyd Wright


Build castles in the air.-Robert Burton


. . his master was in a manner always in a wrong Boxe and building castels in the ayre or catching Hares with Tabers.-Author Unknown


Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.-Norman Podhoretz


Imagination is the air of mind.-Philip James Bail


I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.-Robert Burton


Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.-Albert Einstein


To build castles in Spain.-George Herbert


To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.-Albert Einstein


Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.-Author Unknown


When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.-Albert Einstein


And castels buylt above in lofty skies, Which never yet had good foundation.-George Gascoigne


There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Seem'd washing his hand with invisible soap In imperceptible water.-Thomas Hood


Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.-George Gascoigne


Were it not for imagination, sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.-Horace


The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.-Albert Einstein


He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.-Horace


These are the gloomy comparisons of a disturbed imagination; the melancholy madness of poetry, without the inspiration.-Junius


When I could not sleep for cold I had fire enough in my brain, And builded with roofs of gold My beautiful castles in Spain!-James Russell Lowell


His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.-Thomas Babington Macaulay


He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.-Horace


Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.-Francis Bacon


The human race is governed by its imagination.-Thomas Babington Macaulay


I'm up to my neck in the real world, every day. Just you try doing your VAT return with a head full of goblins.-Terry Prachett


Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty opium! Thomas De QuinceyIn my mind's eye, Horatio.-William Shakespeare


He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. -Joseph Joubert.-Joseph Joubert


Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.-Helen Rowland


The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.-G. K. Chesterton


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


Logics will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere.-Albert Einstein


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


Imagination continually frustrates tradition, that is its function. -John Pfeiffer.-John Pfeiffer


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


Imagination is thebeginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.-George Bernard Shaw


There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.-Jules de Gaultier


Everything you can imagine is real.-Pablo Picasso


There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen.-Sean O'Faolain


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


Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.-Tom Stoppard


The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.-Thomas Huxley


Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.-Jonas Salk


There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.-Jonas Salk


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


In imagination, there's no limitation.-Mark Victor Hansen


One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We're not scientists. We don't always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.-Stella Adler


Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.-Christian Nestell Bovee


I had a pretty sexual imagination for a kid.-Janet Jackson


Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.-Janet Jackson


I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.-Ursula K. Le Guin


My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.-Ursula K. Le Guin


It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.-Ursula K. Le Guin


I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.-Whoopi Goldberg


It is not enough to know your craft - you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more.-Edouard Manet


My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.-Nicole Kidman


Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.-Gaston Bachelard


I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography.-John Irving


I have a very vivid imagination.-Janice Dickinson


Man lives by imagination.-Henry Ellis


No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.-Anne Sullivan Macy

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