Quotations on Imagination

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Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
- Edward Abbey
(Keywords: Imagination, Belief, Failure, Supernatural)

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Imagination, Country, Invention, Man, Office)

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination - everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.
- John Adams
(Keywords: Imagination, Charm, Eye, Wonder)

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
(Keywords: Imagination, Soul, Idea, Curiosity, Pleasure)

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
(Keywords: Imagination, Scientists)

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
- Aesop
(Keywords: Imagination, Success, Act, Kindness)

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich
(Keywords: Imagination, Desire, Detail, Mind)

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
- Muhammad Ali
(Keywords: Imagination, Man)

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
- Chris Van Allsburg
(Keywords: Imagination, Power, Faith, Children, Desire, Magic, World)

It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas.
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Keywords: Imagination, Ideas, Waiting)

It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under 60 seconds. These five directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today.
- Michael Apted
(Keywords: Imagination, Talent, Skill, Today)

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
(Keywords: Imagination, Men, Work, Fear, Ideas, Control, Error, Reason, Senses)

I don't know if Jim was a major part of that or not. He is one of a small group of real storytellers. He has enormous imagination and ability to write. I'm glad he's coming back. It's going to be good for the show.
- Matthew Ashford
(Keywords: Imagination, Ability)

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination.
- Frank Auerbach
(Keywords: Imagination, Work, People, Beginning, Magic, Sense, Will)

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
- Marcus Aurelius
(Keywords: Imagination, Genius, Reason, Understanding)

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
- Jane Austen
(Keywords: Imagination, Love, Admiration, Lady, Matrimony)

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Imagination, Books, Literary, Writer)

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)

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
- David Bailey
(Keywords: Imagination, Photography)

Imagination is the air of mind.
- Philip James Bailey
(Keywords: Imagination, Mind)

I love the paranormal, because there, every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination.
- Leslie Banks
(Keywords: Imagination, Love)

To put up a show is to face life's injustices with one of the few weapons available to a desperate and brave people, their imagination.
- Luigi Barzini
(Keywords: Imagination, People, Life, Weapons)

Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.
- L. Frank Baum
(Keywords: Imagination, Civilization, America, Columbus, Electricity, Mankind, Present, State)

Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
- Les Baxter
(Keywords: Imagination, Challenge, Musicians, Popular, Song)

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Keywords: Imagination, Soul)

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.
- Daniel Bell
(Keywords: Imagination, Art, Technology, Exercise)

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: Imagination, Money, Idea, Books)

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)

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow.
- George Berkeley
(Keywords: Imagination, Ideas, Thoughts, Body, Mind, Will)

The human mind evolved always in the company of the human body, and of the animal body before it was human. The intricate connections of mind and body must exceed our imagination, as from our point of view we are peculiarly prevented from observing them.
- John Desmond Bernal
(Keywords: Imagination, Body, Company, Mind)

Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
- Ambrose Bierce
(Keywords: Imagination, Possessions)

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
- Josh Billings
(Keywords: Imagination, Mistake, People, Memory)

His imagination conceived and bore - worlds; but nothing in these worlds became alive until he discovered its true and living name. The name was the breath of life; and, sooner or later, he invariably found it.
- Algernon H. Blackwood
(Keywords: Imagination, Life, Living, Name, Nothing)

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity... and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Imagination, Nature, Eyes, Joy, Man, Ridicule, Tears)

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
- William Blake
(Keywords: Imagination, Shadow, Universe, World)

Free imagination is the inestimable prerogative of youth and it must be cherished and guarded as a treasure.
- Felix Bloch
(Keywords: Imagination, Treasure, Youth)

How can a doctor judge a woman's sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination.
- Nellie Bly
(Keywords: Imagination, Pleas, Sanity, Will, Woman)

The human race is governed by its imagination.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Imagination, Race)

Imagination rules the world.
- Napoleon Bonaparte
(Keywords: Imagination, Rules, World)

People know that they're going to see something which is entertaining but challenging as well because of the form it's in. It's dance theatre and it requires you to use your imagination - it's not straight forward.
- Matthew Bourne
(Keywords: Imagination, People, Dance, Theatre)

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
- Christian Nestell Bovee
(Keywords: Imagination, Enemy)

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.
- Ray Bradbury
(Keywords: Imagination, Life, Force, Universe, Will)

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!"
- Bill Bradley
(Keywords: Imagination, Wisdom, Saying)

Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens, and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances, exist only in the imagination.
- Tycho Brahe
(Keywords: Imagination, Now)

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.
- Dorthea Brande
(Keywords: Imagination, Acting, Day)

Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior, I had good use in real life for more strength, as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse, but instead had myself to protect my brother, two years my junior.
- Georg Brandes
(Keywords: Imagination, Life, Time, Brother, Strength, School, Years)

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)

Well, I think that as a country, we've drifted away from appreciating the importance of imagination.
- Terry Brooks
(Keywords: Imagination, Country, Importance)



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