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Quotations: Imagination

The sound and proper exercise of the imagination may be made to contribute to the cultivation of all that is virtuous and estimable in the human character.
John Abercrombie

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
Aesop

Reality can be beaten with enough imagination.
Anon

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds.
Anon

Imagination is the mightiest despot.
Berthold Auerbach

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Lauren Bacall

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 imagination is the secret and harrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.
Henry Ward Beecher

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

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match.
Ingrid Bengis

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

Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.
Adele Brookman

There is a boundary to men's passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Edmund Burke

Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen Covey

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

Imagination is more important than knowledge...
Albert Einstein

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.
Albert Einstein

Imagination is the air of mind.
Philip James Bailey Festus

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gautier

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

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique and not too much imagination.
Christopher Isherwood

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

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
W. Somerset Maugham

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
H. L. Mencken

So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination ... And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do not bring forth in the agitation.
Michel de Montaigne

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

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture...Do not build up obstacles in your imagination.
Norman Vincent Peale

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.
Bertrand Russell

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.
William Shakespeare

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.
Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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

Memory feeds imagination.
Amy Tan

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

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

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.
Voltaire

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

An idea is salvation by imagination.
Frank Lloyd Wright

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.
Peter Nivio Zarlenga

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