Imagination Quotes

Solitude is as needed to the imagination as society is wholesome to the character.

James Russell Lowell

The best in this kind are but shadows, and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.

William Shakespeare

The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness, and the thousand bitters which those men I speak of must necessarily taste in going over the following pages.

John Keats

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

Bertrand Russell

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you work hard enough and assert yourself, and use your mind and imagination, you can shape the world to your desires.

Malcolm Gladwell

Mathematics and Poetry are... the utterance of the same power of imagination, only that in the one case it is addressed to the head, in the other, to the heart.

Thomas Hill

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.

Carl Jung

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.

Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

Edgar Allan Poe

The well being of the world largely depends upon the work of the engineer. There is a great future and unlimited scope for the profession; new works of all kinds are and will be required in every country, and for a young man of imagination and keenness I cannot conceive a more attractive profession. Imagination is necessary as well as scientific knowledge.

Sir William Halcrow

Utopias are presented for our inspection as a critique of the human state. If they are to be treated as anything but trivial exercises of the imagination. I suggest there is a simple test we can apply. We must forget the whole paraphernalia of social description, demonstration, expostulation, approbation, condemnation. We have to say to ourselves, ''How would I myself live in this proposed society? How long would it be before I went stark staring mad?''

William Golding

The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.

Thomas D. Church

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 R. Covey

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 ordinary.

David Bailey

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope

Ursula K. Le Guin

Worry is most apt to ride you ragged not when you are in action, but when the day's work is done. Your imagination can run riot then ... your mind is like a motor operating without its load

James L. Muresell

Affliction is more apt to suffocate the imagination than to stimulate it.

Denise Levertov

The present time is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation.

Samuel Johnson

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.

Christian Nevell Bovee

The explanation of the propensity of the English people to portrait painting is to be found in their relish for a Fact. Let a man do the grandest things, fight the greatest battles, or be distinguished by the most brilliant personal heroism, yet the English people would prefer his portrait to a painting of the great deed. The likeness they can judge of; his existence is a Fact. But the truth of the picture of his deeds they cannot judge of, for they have no imagination.

Benjamin Haydon

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination

Voltaire

Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting-- over and over announcing your place in the family of things.

Mary Oliver

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

Lord Byron
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