Quotations on Imagination

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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
(Keywords: Humor, Imagination, Man, Sense)

The human imagination... has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.
- John Berger
(Keywords: Dreams, Imagination, Difficulty, Living, Open, Philosophy, Practice)

You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception.
- Henri Bergson
(Keywords: Life, Imagination, Perception, Vision, Will)

Because of my faith and my imagination, I was able to enjoy my childhood, even though it was tough.
- Donna Brazile
(Keywords: Faith, Imagination, Childhood)

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
(Keywords: Nature, Imagination, Civilization, Confidence, Future, Man, World)

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.
- William C. Bryant
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, Poetry, Thought)

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
(Keywords: Life, Imagination, Opera)

There's no environment. Use your imagination. There's no fourth wall, whether it's the first time you've told this story about her life, or the sixth time.
- Jill Clayburgh
(Keywords: Time, Imagination, Life, Environment, First)

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life.
- Joseph Conrad
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, Life, Truth, Men, Existence, Invention)

I've got research, I have my own life experience I can apply, and I have my imagination.
- Chris Cooper
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, Life, Research)

Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change.
- Stephen Covey
(Keywords: Change, Power, Imagination, Awareness, Conscience, Freedom, Self, Self awareness, Will)

Melville brought to the task a sound knowledge of actual whaling, much curious learning in the literature of the subject, and, above all, an imagination which worked with great power upon the facts of his own experience.
- Carl Clinton Van Doren
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, Power, Knowledge, Facts, Learning, Literature, Sound)

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential - the imagination.
- Lawrence Durrell
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, People, Life, Artists, Compromise, Destiny, Potential)

It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care.
- Paul Farmer
(Keywords: Medical, Imagination, Care, Poor)

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.
- Robert Fulghum
(Keywords: Death, Dreams, Imagination, Love, Experience, History, Knowledge, Hope, Cure, Facts, Grief, Laughter, Myth)

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
- Judy Garland
(Keywords: Death, Time, Dreams, Imagination, Illusion, Reality)

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil.
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(Keywords: Death, Imagination, Life, Evil, World)

We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.
- Jean Giraudoux
(Keywords: Nature, Imagination, Truth, Law, Schools)

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It's the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe.
- Philip Guston
(Keywords: Society, Imagination, Heart, Painting, Sculpture)

We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child.
- Jessica Hagedorn
(Keywords: Movies, Imagination, Drama, Old, Television, Years)

I certainly know there are people in positions of power in the business who lack imagination and, perhaps as a result of that, think of me as 'David'. But I wouldn't really want to work with those people, you know?
- Michael C. Hall
(Keywords: Business, Imagination, Power, Work, People, Result, Want)

An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination.
- Eduard Hanslick
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, Feelings, Contemplation)

I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.
- Keith Haring
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, Soul, People, Humanity, Propaganda)

You want to do something that shows some type individuality and talent and imagination - at the same time, you want to be truthful to the predecessors, because obviously the audience liked something about them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent.
- Renny Harlin
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, Time, Talent, Individuality, Want)

In those days, it didn't take much imagination to come up with something that required great lyric development skills. You just thought of an experience that you might have gone through, and write it down.
- Phil Harris
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, Thought, Development)

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.
- Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Keywords: Intelligence, Imagination, Love, Danger, Kindness, Relationships, Will)

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
- Frederick Henry Hedge
(Keywords: Men, Imagination, Power, Act, Man, Shakespeare, Waking)

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.
- Brad Henry
(Keywords: Love, Imagination, Hope, Learning)

I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
- S. E. Hinton
(Keywords: Money, Imagination, Feelings, Idea, Old)

Ultimately it's a leap of faith and a leap of imagination to put yourself back in time into those conditions and situations and see how you would react.
- Derek Jacobi
(Keywords: Faith, Imagination, Time)

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
- Henry James
(Keywords: Nature, Imagination, Civilization, American, Country, Literary, Secrets, Will, Yield)

Although I do not have a family, I have eyes, ears and imagination, and know, as most people know, that the importance of one's children is paramount.
- Lara St. John
(Keywords: Family, Imagination, People, Children, Eyes, Importance)

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
- Abdul Kalam
(Keywords: Age, Imagination, Optimism)

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
- Immanuel Kant
(Keywords: Happiness, Imagination, Reason)

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
- John Keats
(Keywords: Beauty, Imagination, Truth)

The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business.
- Thomas Kinkade
(Keywords: Business, Imagination, Opportunity, Challenge, Lies, Painting)

I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening.
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Keywords: History, Imagination, Evening, Past)

So much of what we do as artists is a combination of personal experience and imagination, and how that all creeps into your work is not so linear.
- Diana Krall
(Keywords: Experience, Work, Imagination, Artists)

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.
- Vladimir Kramnik
(Keywords: Beauty, Imagination, Development, Creativity, Chess)

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.
- R. D. Laing
(Keywords: Love, Imagination, Children, Curiosity)

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.
- George Henry Lewes
(Keywords: Art, Imagination, Philosophy)

To put yourself in another's place requires real imagination, but by doing so each Girl Scout will be able to love among others happily.
- Juliette G. Low
(Keywords: Love, Imagination, Will)

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
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, Thought, Knowledge, Ideas, May, Trying)

They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people.
- Margaret Mahy
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, People, Variety)

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
- Jacques Maritain
(Keywords: Poetry, Imagination, Love, Blood, Desire, Instinct, Intellect, Man, Sense, Spirit)

It's not only imagination, it's the distortion of the vision. You suddenly think, This person is idealistic, this person is strong, this person has dreams, when you know better most of the time. You put what you want to see on people.
- Olivier Martinez
(Keywords: Dreams, Imagination, Time, People, Vision, Want)

The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination.
- George Meredith
(Keywords: Death, Imagination, Love, Disaster)

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.
- James A. Michener
(Keywords: Experience, Imagination, People, Writers)

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
- Maria Montessori
(Keywords: Beauty, Imagination, Poetry, Science, Logic, Mathematics)

But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.
- Iris Murdoch
(Keywords: Art, Death, Imagination, Fantasy, Pornography)



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