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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