Imagination Quotes

Memory is the cabinet of imagination, the treasury of reason, the registry of conscience and the council-chamber of thought.

Giambattista Basile

In literature and art memory is a synonyme for invention. It is the life-blood of imagination, which faints and dies when the veins are empty.

Robert Aris Willmott

For, what is order without common sense, but Bedlams front parlor? What is imagination without common sense, but the aspiration to out-dandy Beau Brummell with nothing but a bit of faded muslin and a limp cravat? What is Creation without common sense, but a scandalous thing without form or function, like a matron with half a dozen unattached daughters? And God looked upon the Creation in all its delightful multiplicity, and saw that, all in all, it was quite Amiable.

Vera Nazarian

Profound meditation in solitude and silence frequently exalts the mind above its natural tone, fires the imagination, produces the most refined and sublime conceptions. The soul then tastes the purest and most refined delight, and almost loses the idea of existence in the intellectual pleasure it receives. The mind on every motion darts through space into eternity; and raised, in its free enjoyment of its powers by its own enthusiasm, strengthens itself in the habitude of contemplating the noblest subjects, and of adopting the most heroic pursuits.

Johann Georg von Zimmermann

Imagination gallops; judgment merely walks

Proverb

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

C.S. Lewis

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.

Mason Cooley

Let us leave the beautiful women to men with no imagination.

Marcel Proust

The engineer is the key figure in the material progress of the world. It is his engineering that makes a reality of the potential value of science by translating scientific knowledge into tools, resources, energy and labor to bring them into the service of man ... To make contributions of this kind the engineer requires the imagination to visualize the needs of society and to appreciate what is possible as well as the technological and broad social age understanding to bring his vision to reality.

Sir Eric Ashby

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.

John Keats

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

What I love most about animation is, its a team sport, and everything we do is about pure imagination.

Jeffrey Katzenberg

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Samuel Ullman

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

John Dewey

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

Charles F. Kettering

To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.

Cynthia Ozick

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

Imagination rules the world.

Napoleon Bonaparte

The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.

Milan Kundera

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

Probably the difference between man and the monkeys is that the monkeys are merely bored, while man has boredom plus imagination.

Lin Yutang
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