Imagination Quotes

Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.

Doris Day

Fertility of imagination and abundance of guesses at the truth are among the first requisites of discovery.

William Jevons

Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.

Cyril Connolly

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

Madness is an excited mind, indulging in the dreams of imagination, until the heated fancy makes chimeras appear real.

CHARLES WILLIAM DAY

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.

Jerry Gillies

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.

Salman Rushdie

Every brilliant experiment, like every great work of art, starts with an act of imagination.

Jonah Lehrer

The real truthfulness of all works of imagination, sculpture, painting, and written fiction, is so purely in the imagination, that the artist never seeks to represent positive truth, but the idealized image of a truth.

Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

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

The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination.

George Meredith

If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.

Charles Horton Cooley

Free imagination is the inestimable prerogative of youth and it must be cherished and guarded as a treasure.

Felix Bloch

Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination.

Janet Frame

Facts have long since upstaged fiction, and the novelistic imagination now contents itself with documenting incidents it wouldn't have the temerity to invent.

Peter Conrad

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

Simone Weil

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

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination.

Henry Miller

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost --the lost valleys of the imagination.

Alexander Cockburn

Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.

Carl Jung

The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.

Georg C. Lichtenberg

The dream of reason produces monsters. Imagination deserted by reason creates impossible, useless thoughts. United with reason, imagination is the mother of all art and the source of all its beauty.

Francisco Jose De Goya Y Lucientes

Fear is only an illusion. It is the illusion that creates the feeling of separ-ateness-the false sense of isolation that exists only in your imagination.

Jeraldine Saunders

People who love only once in their lives are shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination. Faithfulness is to the emotional life what consistency is to the life of the intellect -- simply a confession of failures.

Oscar Wilde
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