Imagination Quotes

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Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
Dare to be naive.
Man is an imagining being.
Imagination rules the world.
Imagination is the air of mind.
Art is the sex of the imagination.


Imagination is the eye of the soul.
Everything you can imagine is real.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
What year is it in your imagination?
Imagination is the true magic carpet.


Imagination plus action equals creation.


Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
Some stories are true that never happened.
The imagination is man's power over nature.
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
The world is but a canvas to the imagination.
Imagination is the highest kite that can fly.
This world is but canvas to our imaginations.

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A book is a device to ignite the imagination.


The man who has no imagination, has no wings.
Imagination is and must be father to the deed.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.
Imagination is a good servant, and a bad master.
My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.
I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.


Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.


To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
The Possible's slow fuse is lit 
 By the Imagination.
Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.


Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?
Imagination is as good as many voyages—and much cheaper.
Imagination continually outruns the creature it inhabits.
Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.

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One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
To search for truth, one has to be drunk with imagination.


Imagination is new reality in the process of being created.
I have imagination, and nothing that is real is alien to me.
There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.


The man of learning without imagination has feet but no wings.


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.


There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.


What his imagination is to the poet, facts are to the historian.

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All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.
The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.


To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.
Imagination continually frustrates tradition; that is its function.


We all live under the same sky, but we don't have the same horizon.

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You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
Tyrants have not yet discovered any chains that can fetter the mind.


The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
To give reason for fancy were to weigh the fire and measure the wind.
You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.


There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.

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Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.


Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination.


A liberal mind is a mind that is able to imagine itself believing anything.
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and Divine power.
When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.

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


Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.

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I am better able to imagine hell than heaven; it is my inheritance, I suppose.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.


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


The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
Imagination is to love what gas is to the balloon—that which raises it from the earth.


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

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Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it, we go nowhere.
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.


You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'
Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.

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So you see, imagination needs moodling—long inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.


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


Whatever we build in the imagination will accomplish itself in the circumstances of our lives.
Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
Trust that little voice in your head that says 'Wouldn't it be interesting if...'; And then do it.
The true voyage of the imagination is the voyage to the land, to the very domain of the imaginary.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are.
If you turn the imagination loose like a hunting dog, it will often return with the bird in its mouth.
Were it not for imagination, Sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
What is the imagination?  Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.


There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

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With our progress we have destroyed our only weapon against tedium: that rare weakness we call imagination.
Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground—not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.


A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor, to console him for what he is.
— in The Wall Street Journal

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Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable colour to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
If the imagination is to yield any real product, it must have received a great deal of material from the external world.
"Imagination" is a word which derives from the making of images in the mind, from what Wordsworth called "the inward eye."
I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.


To imagine is the characteristic act, not of the poet's mind, or the painter's, or the scientist's, but of the mind of man.
Imagination is the voice of the daring.  If there is anything Godlike about God it is that.  He dared to imagine everything.
The scientist, if he is to be more than a plodding gatherer of bits of information, needs to exercise an active imagination.


There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.


The imagination of the actor adorns the text of the playwright with fanciful patterns and colors from his own invisible palette.


Though our brother is upon the rack, as long as we ourselves are at our ease, our senses will never inform us of what he suffers.
I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.
A long poem is a test of invention which I take to be the polar star of poetry, as fancy is the sails, and imagination the rudder.


Generalization is necessary to the advancement of knowledge; but particularity is indispensable to the creations of the imagination.
The old proverb, applied to fire and water, may, with equal truth, be applied to the imagination—it is a good servant, but a bad master.
Imagination is the beginning of creation.  You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
Imagination took the reins, and reason, slow-paced, though sure-footed, was unequal to a race with so eccentric and flighty a companion.


Children are born with imaginations in mint condition, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Then life corrects for grandiosity.


Mediocrity is perhaps due not so much to lack of imagination as to lack of faith in the imagination, lack of the capacity for this abandon.


The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.


The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination.  But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.


Nothing ever built arose to touch the skies unless some man dreamed that it should, some man believed that it could, and some man willed that it must.
— Charles F. Kettering

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The imagination is far better at inventing tortures than life because the imagination is a demon within us and it knows where to strike, where it hurts.
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.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.


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.
I am enough of the artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than any talent for abstract, positive thinking.
The game I play [as a scientist] is a very interesting one.  It's imagination, in a tight straightjacket, which is this: that it has to agree with the known laws of physics.
Imagination isn't merely a surplus mental department meant for entertainment, but the most essential piece of machinery we have if we are going to live the lives of human beings.
I don't understand the process of imagination—though I know that I am very much at its mercy. I feel that these ideas are floating around in the air and they pick me to settle upon.


The human imagination...has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialistic practice or philosophy.  It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.
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.
I by no means rank poetry high in the scale of intelligence—this may look like affectation but it is my real opinion. It is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.
All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.
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.
Imagination seems to be a glory and a misery, a blessing and a curse.  Adam, to his sorrow, lacked it.  Eve, to her sorrow, possessed it.  Had both been blessed—or cursed—with it, there would have been much keener competition for the apple.

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My books have been banned simply because they are imaginative – science-fiction, fantasy, what have you. The imagination is considered dangerous and of course, it is. These people are right. The imagination is truly the enemy of bigotry and dogma.
Imagination is the supreme endowment of the poet and romanticist.  It is a kind of second sight, which conveys the owner of it to places he has never seen, and surrounds him with strange circumstances of which he is merely the spiritual eyewitness.
The creative imagination can grasp characters and conditions not directly experienced, because the creator has access to all parts of his personality. To use the fashionable word, he has empathy with characters unlike him, because he knows that deep down he shares some of their unlovely traits.

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