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Imagination is more important than knowledge.

— Albert Einstein

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.

— Dr. Seuss

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.

— Albert Einstein

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

— Albert Einstein

Can you imagine what I would do if I could do all I can?

— Sun Tzu

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

— Edgar Allan Poe

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

— Michelangelo

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

— Mark Twain

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.

— George S. Patton

Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!

— Dr. Seuss

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.

— Brian Tracy

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

— Muhammad Ali

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

— George Orwell

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

— William Shakespeare

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

— Carl Sagan

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.

— Charlie Chaplin

Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake.

— Henry David Thoreau

I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.

— Walt Disney

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

— Pablo Picasso

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

— Thomas A. Edison

Imagination rules the world.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

— Stephen Covey

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

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.

— Orison Swett Marden

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.

— H. L. Mencken

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

— Simone Weil

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.

— Henry Miller

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.

— Epictetus

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

— Gilbert K. Chesterton

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

— Jorge Luis Borges

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

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

— William Butler Yeats

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

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

— Immanuel Kant

I imagine that yes is the only living thing.

— e. e. cummings

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’ And then do it.

— Duane Michals

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

— W. Somerset Maugham

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.

— Anatole France

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

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

— Francis Bacon

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

— Jessamyn West

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

— James Russell Lowell

I always imagined I could be what I wanted to be.

— Chris Brown

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.

— Gilbert Parker

I used to lie in bed in my flat and imagine what would happen if there was a zombie attack.

— Simon Pegg

You have to imagine it possible before you can see something. You can have the evidence right in front of you, but if you can’t imagine something that has never existed before, it’s impossible.

— Rita Dove

Some stories are true that never happened.

— Elie Wiesel

I believed in myself. I never imagined myself as just an ordinary player.

— Imran Khan

It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object beware of this stumbling block.

— Paul Gauguin

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.

— Duane Michals

Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.

— Stephen Leacock

I am better able to imagine hell than heaven it is my inheritance, I suppose.

— Elinor Wylie

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.

— Calvin Trillin

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

— Anne Sullivan Macy

The imagination is man’s power over nature.

— Wallace Stevens

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 we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

— Kerry Thornley

You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn’t exist.

— Azar Nafisi

The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.

— Alexander Chase

There are no shortcuts in life – only those we imagine.

— Frank Leahy

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

— Albert Einstein

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

— Albert Einstein

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.

— Plato

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination.

— Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.

— Albert Einstein

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

— Edgar Allan Poe

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory.

— Thomas Jefferson

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

— C. S. Lewis

This world is but a canvas to our imagination.

— Henry David Thoreau

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 imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.

— Oscar Wilde

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

— Ronald Reagan

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.

— Robert Fulghum

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

— H. L. Mencken

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

— John Lennon

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.

— Napoleon Hill

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

— Victor Hugo

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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 Covey

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.

— Voltaire

First comes thought then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.

— Napoleon Hill

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart it being much more sensitive.

— Henry David Thoreau

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.

— Henry David Thoreau

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

— George Bernard Shaw

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

— Josh Billings

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

We are more often frightened than hurt and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.

— Jimi Hendrix

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

— Sylvia Plath

Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

— Walt Disney

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

— Brad Henry

The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.

— Henry Ford

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.

— Thomas Merton

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it’s only money… they don’t know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination.

— Alan Watts

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.

— William Blake

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.

— Anais Nin

Few people have the imagination for reality.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

— Leonardo da Vinci

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.

— Judy Garland

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment.

— Tony Robbins

Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination.

— Ernest Hemingway

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

— Norman Vincent Peale

Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense.

— Helen Rowland

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

Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.

— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

My main point here is that if you are the child of God and God is a part of you, the in your imagination God suppose to look like you. And when you accept a picture of the deity assigned to you by another people, you become the spiritual prisoners of that other people.

— John Henrik Clarke

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

— Carl Jung

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.

— Marcus Aurelius

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.

— Harry S. Truman

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

— John Muir

Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves.

— Bill Hicks

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

— Henry Ward Beecher

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

— Gloria Steinem

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

— Henry Ward Beecher

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius.

— Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination do not become the slave of your model.

— Vincent Van Gogh

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.

— John Keats

Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination.

— Marquis de Sade

The human race is governed by its imagination.

— Napoleon Bonaparte

Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.

— William Blake

A lady’s imagination is very rapid it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment.

— Jane Austen

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

Imagination disposes of everything it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

— Blaise Pascal

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

— Horace Walpole

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.

— Samuel Johnson

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable.

— Carl Jung

Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.

— Thomas Carlyle

Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.

— Ambrose Bierce

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination.

— e. e. cummings

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.

— Abdul Kalam

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and therefore the fount of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power to that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.

— J. K. Rowling

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.

— Orison Swett Marden

A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.

— Donald Trump

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.

— Jean Dubuffet

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

— Joseph Joubert

Imagination decides everything.

— Blaise Pascal

Men often take their imagination for their heart and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted.

— Blaise Pascal

You have all the reason in the world to achieve your grandest dreams. Imagination plus innovation equals realization.

— Denis Waitley

Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.

— James Dean

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.

— Vincent Van Gogh

Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.

— Marcel Proust

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell.

— John Adams

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

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.

— John Adams

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.

— George Jean Nathan

However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension.

— J. K. Rowling

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

— Arnold J. Toynbee

I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn’t that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that’s when your creativity is developed, when you’re young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to.

— David Walliams

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.

— Maria Montessori

Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

— Samuel Johnson

An idea is salvation by imagination.

— Frank Lloyd Wright

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.

— John Burroughs

Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.

— Stephen King

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

— Jean-Jacques Rousseau

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

The imagination is the spur of delights… all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?

— Marquis de Sade

Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute.

— Franklin P. Adams

The woman who appeals to a man’s vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.

— Helen Rowland

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

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art.

— Clara Schumann

Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.

— Mason Cooley

We’re living in a time when the world has suddenly discovered India because it’s run out of raw material for its imagination. The raw materials for imagination are inexhaustible here.

— Deepak Chopra

A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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 extraordinary.

— David Bailey

Don Quixote’s misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza.

— Franz Kafka

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

— John Keats

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.

— John Keats

The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.

— Thomas Huxley

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

— Oliver Wendell Holmes

The degree in which a poet’s imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.

— George Santayana

A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions.

— William Hazlitt

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

— John Dewey

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

— Salman Rushdie

Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it.

— Simone Weil

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.

— Joseph Joubert

Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future.

— Mason Cooley

Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.

— Mason Cooley

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

I can’t satisfy myself with just trying to tie all of my imagination into music, especially when music is not appreciated as an art form as much as it used to be.

— Marilyn Manson

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination.

— Edward Hopper

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart.

— Washington Irving

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.

— Joseph Joubert

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever.

— Noam Chomsky

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

— Lauren Bacall

Where there is no imagination there is no horror.

— Arthur Conan Doyle

The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.

— Steven Spielberg

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.

— Lily Tomlin

Free enterprise empowers entrepreneurs who have ideas and imagination, investors who take risks, and workers who hone their skills and offer their labor.

— Paul Ryan

True change takes place in the imagination.

— Thomas Moore

I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.

— H. G. Wells

Classical plays require more imagination and more general training to be able to do. That’s why I like playing Shakespeare better than anything else.

— Vivien Leigh

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.

— Edward Abbey

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?

— Cesare Pavese

When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception.

— Emile Coue

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

— Aesop

It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one’s memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.

— Edgar Degas

Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination – think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.

— Terry Brooks

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.

— Jonas Salk

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west’s stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art’s assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth.

— Camille Paglia

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.

— Maxwell Maltz

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.

— Percy Bysshe Shelley

The conscious process is reflected in the imagination the unconscious process is expressed as karma, the generation of actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling.

— William Irwin Thompson

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

— Ludwig Wittgenstein

If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination.

— Hedy Lamarr

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

— Christian Nestell Bovee

Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man’s imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.

— Marquis de Sade

I’ve always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an imagination. What I have is a relentlessly controlled imagination. What looks like wild invention is actually quite carefully calculated.

— Terry Pratchett

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.

— Susan Sarandon

The realities of the world seldom measure up to the sublime designs of human imagination.

— Bryant H. McGill

But if I have a lot of imagination, I could tell myself whatever I wanted, you know. I handle myself quite well. I’m kind of fascist with myself, you know. There’s no discussion. There is an order. You follow it.

— Karl Lagerfeld

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.

— Lord Chesterfield

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism.

— Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.

— Marquis de Sade

I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I’m really scared of being alone because if I’m left to my own devices, I’ll just turn into a madwoman.

— Claire Danes

The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries, Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation.

— Jonathan Sacks

I love theatrics and have a huge imagination: Why would I want to sit onstage and sing a bunch of ballads back-to-back?

— Christina Aguilera

I don’t think art is propaganda it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.

— Keith Haring

There are moments when a man’s imagination, so easily subdued to what it lives in, suddenly rises above its daily level and surveys the long windings of destiny.

— Edith Wharton

What’s cool is when you’re able to give your audience imagination and you don’t have to cage them in like animals.

— Shia LaBeouf

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that.

— R. D. Laing

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.

— Emile M. Cioran

Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art.

— Austin O’Malley

I’ve done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination.

— Katy Perry

Man lives by imagination.

— Havelock Ellis

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.

— David Hume

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

I think what’s really the most ideal thing is for the player themselves, within their own imagination, to carve out what they view as being the essence of the character.

— Shigeru Miyamoto

My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams. I’ve always had a wild imagination, a big heart and a tortured soul so I feel that dark fantasy, love and horror are in my blood.

— Kim Elizabeth

Imagination creates reality.

— Richard Wagner

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.

— Wallace Stevens

It’s a slight stretch of the imagination but most people are alike in most ways so I’ve never had any trouble identifying with the character that I’m playing.

— Jack Nicholson

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

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

— Charles Kettering

A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works.

— William Morris

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics, if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between the world and Providence as it is in reality, and not according to imagination.

— Maimonides

Imagination, the supreme delight of the immortal and the immature, should be limited. In order to enjoy life, we should not enjoy it too much.

— Vladimir Nabokov

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.

— Vladimir Nabokov

Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.

— Luis Bunuel

I have a very vivid imagination.

— Janice Dickinson

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

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.

— Samuel Taylor Coleridge

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.

— Adam Smith

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.

— Joseph Conrad

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.

— Karl Kraus

It takes no imagination to live within your means.

— Francis Ford Coppola

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.

— Catherine the Great

I don’t want to discredit people’s individuality, but I think people are pretty much the same. People are very similar. If you have a good enough imagination then you can feel things that you personally have never done before. That’s acting.

— Kristen Stewart

My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn’t be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.

— Nicole Kidman

If you got a good imagination, a lot of confidence and you kind of know what you are saying, then you might be able to do it. I know a lot of colorful characters at home that would make great actors.

— Jason Statham

What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, ‘Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,’ reducing it to a simple formula.

— Doris Lessing

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.

— Meryl Streep

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination.

— Alan Rickman

We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.

— Wallace Stevens

I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be.

— Billy Connolly

I love sci-fi because it leads in the imagination, and I always say it has the most intelligent fans in the world.

— Robert Carlyle

Everything, I think, about acting is based on imagination.

— Christina Ricci

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

— Charles Kettering

Imagination is the wide-open eye which leads us always to see truth more vividly.

— Christopher Fry

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I’ve left the opera house.

— Maria Callas

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.

— Charles de Gaulle

Being an actor means asking people to look at you. I guess I accept that. But it’s a profession in which the job is to show another world and other people. You may access it through bits of yourself, and your imagination and experience, but actually, in the end, you’re not playing yourself.

— Ralph Fiennes

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason’s imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.

— Louis Aragon

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

People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.

— Tom Robbins

Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.

— Rod Serling

Well, I’m not a method actress by any stretch of the imagination so the best thing that I can do is be as real as possible and find whatever commonality in that character that I can see myself.

— Rashida Jones

I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.

— Baruch Spinoza

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster.

— Al Gore

Vision – It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

— Robert Collier

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.

— Alfred North Whitehead

Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.

— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience’s imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there’s no fourth wall.

— Stephen Sondheim

In rising financial markets, the world is forever new. The bull or optimist has no eyes for past or present, but only for the future, where streams of revenue play in his imagination.

— James Buchan

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.

— Henry James

It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there’s not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

You have to come in and be that character when you walk into the room. That’s what one of my first acting teachers taught me. You know, don’t go in there being Jennifer and then expect to flip and change, because they’re not going to have that imagination.

— Jennifer Lopez

Ghost stories really scare me. I have such a big imagination that after I watch a horror movie like ‘The Grudge’, I look in the corners of my room for the next two days.

— Vanessa Hudgens

To put yourself in another’s place requires real imagination, but by doing so each Girl Scout will be able to love among others happily.

— Juliette Gordon Low

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.

— Sam Levenson

In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts – in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma – would someday be called Congressman.

— J. C. Watts

Essentially, I’m untrained, so I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I’m going to be playing.

— Christian Bale

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.

— Man Ray

I had a good imagination and I still have one a child-like imagination that hasn’t gone away.

— Laura Linney

I try to decorate my imagination as much as I can.

— Franz Schubert

As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.

— Ursula K. Le Guin

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do.

— Jacob Bronowski

I do a lot of curiosity buying I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination. I still like to go to record stores, I like to just wander around and I’ll buy whatever catches my attention.

— Bruce Springsteen

I do a lot of curiosity buying I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination.

— Bruce Springsteen

I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.

— Mike Krzyzewski

Imagination has a great deal to do with winning.

— Mike Krzyzewski

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.

— Al Gore

The source and center of all man’s creative power… is his power of making images, or the power of imagination.

— Robert Collier

I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be.

— Whoopi Goldberg

I don’t want to go on much longer, really. I think that would suggest a lack of imagination. A certain lack of dignity also.

— Steven Patrick Morrissey

You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself.

— Milan Kundera

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.

— Jessamyn West

Put off your imagination, as you put off your overcoat, when you enter the laboratory. Put it on again, as you put on your overcoat, when you leave.

— Claude Bernard

Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they’re all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.

— Danny Boyle

You experience the films through the actors, so they’re all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.

— Danny Boyle

It was just very interesting to me that certain types of women inspire people’s imagination, and all of them were very difficult women.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

My imagination, my ability to understand the way love and people grow over time, how passion can surprise and renew, utterly failed me.

— Elizabeth Wurtzel

I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.

— Haruki Murakami

Jehovah God is truly rich far beyond the imagination of humankind.

— Joseph Franklin Rutherford

My identity is linked to my grandmother, who’s pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that’s how I identify.

— Jessica Hagedorn

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.

— Cyril Connolly

The imagination is part of the arsenal that actors draw from.

— Bryan Cranston

If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and of people.

— Connie Nielsen

The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.

— Eddie Rickenbacker

Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind.

— Joyce Carol Oates

Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it’s always been there. It’s been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.

— Janet Jackson

I had a pretty sexual imagination for a kid.

— Janet Jackson

The English language is nobody’s special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself.

— Derek Walcott

It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination.

— Martha Gellhorn

Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they’re casting, they’re dressing the scene, they’re working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they’re also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader.

— John le Carre

I don’t think it’s possible to touch people’s imagination today by aesthetic means.

— J. G. Ballard

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.

— Wallace Stevens

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

— George Meredith

People can die of mere imagination.

— Geoffrey Chaucer

I guess I’m a very keen observer, and I’d like to think I have a good imagination.

— Eric Bana

Sometimes a character is really based on research that you do. Other times it’s just based on your imagination or perhaps your conversation with the director. Or sometimes all of the above. It depends on the movie and character.

— Joaquin Phoenix

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential – the imagination.

— Lawrence Durrell

I’m a light sleeper. I’ve never been one of those people who can put their head down and suddenly everything disappears. Nighttime is the time I get most scared, anxious or worried. In those darker moments before waking or sleeping is when I feel most, I don’t know, I can turn on myself, and my imagination can take me dark places.

— Florence Welch

It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model. But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things.

— Florence Welch

I’ve got quite a vivid imagination and I’m easily overwhelmed by sensations and things that are beautiful or scary. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ghost – I think I’m probably haunted by my own ghosts than real ones.

— Florence Welch

It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care.

— Paul Farmer

I was raised not to be afraid to show emotion or imagination.

— Javier Bardem

Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it’s some kind of quality isn’t it? Tenacity. You could also say it was sloth.

— Jarvis Cocker

Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective.

— Karen Armstrong

I enjoy working on a movie that lets your imagination run wild, it’s great to be a part of and watch.

— Chris Hemsworth

I’m not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination.

— Courteney Cox

My greatest strength as a child, I realize now, was my imagination. While every other kid was reading and writing, I had seven whole hours a day to practice my imagination. When do you get that space in your life, ever?

— Barbara Corcoran

If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.

— Bela Lugosi

Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.

— Annie Dillard

I wouldn’t say that I’ve had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination.

— Duncan Sheik

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination.

— George Henry Lewes

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.

— Anna Deavere Smith

A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations.

— Russell Page

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

For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it’s essential to be free.

— Manuel Puig

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.

— Jonas Salk

Dr. Einstein was not successful in school, but he found something in the air from his own imagination and his own brain power, and look what he did.

— Eartha Kitt

One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm.

— Ella Maillart

I can get very philosophical and ask the questions Keats was asking as a young guy. What are we here for? What’s a soul? What’s it all about? What is thinking about, imagination?

— Jane Campion

There’s no artist in this world that doesn’t enjoy the dream that if they have bad reviews now, the story of Keats can redeem them, in their fantasy or imagination, in the future. I think Keats’ poem ‘Endymion’ is a really difficult poem, and I’m not surprised that a lot of people pulled it apart in a way.

— Jane Campion

I feel that directors at times are like the janitors on the set. I am the secretary, I am the organizer, I am the maid, and I ask if they have eaten or rested. The best things are always out of your control. It’s those moments that surpass the imagination that are thrilling.

— Jane Campion

To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination.

— Quintilian

Every time you get on a stage or in front of a camera, the whole exercise is about imagination. You’re constantly depicting something that doesn’t exist, and trying to find the reality of it. Once you settle on that premise, everything else is a matter of degrees.

— Ron Perlman

Three centuries after the appearance of Franklin’s ‘Courant,’ it no longer requires a dystopic imagination to wonder who will have the dubious distinction of publishing America’s last genuine newspaper. Few believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive.

— Eric Alterman

To me, it’s far more efficient to mobilize the imagination. It’s far more efficient to hear a creaking step, for example, than to see the face of a monster, which usually looks ridiculous, and where you know that the blood is ketchup.

— Michael Haneke

Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine.

— Rita Dove

I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from.

— Amy Tan

‘Castle’ is a guy living in a fantasy world. He’s in his imagination, writing these stories of murder.

— Nathan Fillion

I think my printing to this day looks like the printing right out of a comic book. Actually, I always wanted to be in a comic book. I watched cartoons when I was a kid, too, and both comics and cartoons lit fire in my imagination. This realm holds a lot of interest for me, a lot of passion for me. So to be comic-ized, yeah, that’s cool.

— Nathan Fillion

I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.

— Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film. I certainly didn’t think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.

— Tim Robbins

There’s the argument that you can relate to someone who’s completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film, then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character.

— Idris Elba

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.

— Henry George

I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that I would somehow become a sports commentator.

— Joe Rogan

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

— Ursula K. Le Guin

My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.

— Tom Waits

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure.

— Ben Okri

Politics is the enemy of the imagination.

— Ian Mcewan

True intelligence requires fabulous imagination.

— Ian Mcewan

As an actor you have to have a strong vivid imagination as you’re working and when the camera’s rolling, but there’s certainly a part of you that is aware of real life, that you’re making a movie.

— John Hawkes

What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out.

— Wynton Marsalis

I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.

— Andrew Wyeth

I can’t work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth and then I can fly free.

— Andrew Wyeth

My books are elegiac in the sense that they’re odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination.

— Richard Russo

I feel like I’m a much better person when I’m developing my imagination and my innocence and my vulnerability. I like that version of me better than the version where I’m just working on my analytical mind.

— Brit Marling

All my life I’ve had the privilege to make my living with my imagination, and the most important thing has been to see my creative life grow. I was educated to do that and have lived accordingly.

— Tommy Lee Jones

You can have 10 bucks to 10 million bucks and if you got a crew, imagination and a lot of people willing to turn in some work next to nothing, you going to have a feature. But you can’t get beyond how expensive marketing the movie is, it’s so crushing.

— Kevin Smith

All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination.

— Wislawa Szymborska

Love is based on imagination.

— Olivier Martinez

My imagination functions much better when I don’t have to speak to people.

— Patricia Highsmith

The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights, anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination.

— Ai Weiwei

I suppose I’m proudest of my novels for what’s imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography.

— John Irving

A clever, imagination, humorous request can open closed doors and closed minds.

— Percy Ross

I’ve been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It’s up to you, the only limit is the imagination.

— Steve Lacy

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, ‘Just watch!’

— Bill Bradley

Imagination is the air of mind.

— Philip James Bailey

Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination if the United States is one of the most venal nations on Earth, it is also one of the most earnestly idealistic.

— Terry Eagleton

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.

— Vladimir Kramnik

It’s through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others.

— Alexander McCall Smith

Imagination is not the exclusive appanage of artists, but belongs in varying degrees to all men.

— George Henry Lewes

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

— Richard Brinsley Sheridan

The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport.

— Van Morrison

I write from my imagination, not from what I’ve read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.

— Dirk Benedict

Someone once said that history has more imagination than all the scenario writers in the Pentagon, and we have a lot of scenario writers here. No one ever wrote a scenario for commercial airliners crashing into the World Trade Center.

— Paul Wolfowitz

I don’t like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it’s your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination.

— Mark Ruffalo

The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we’re disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning.

— Richard Powers

I still have a photo on my wall of the greatest idol I will ever have in my life, and it’s myself at eight. Because that’s when the forces of imagination have the same value as the real world, when they’re an instrument of survival: when my mother disappeared, and I imagined a mother. That was me at my best.

— Henning Mankell

I like something where I can really use my imagination and be an active participant in the construction of the monster and usually that’s in the world of the supernatural or the world of the fantastic, so that’s why those kinds of stories about demons and the supernatural appeal to me or maybe I’m really interested in that subject.

— Sam Raimi

Our imagination just needs space. It’s all it needs, that moment where you just sort of stare into the distance where your brain gets to sort of somehow rise up.

— Glen Hansard

One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We’re not scientists. We don’t always have to make the logical, reasonable leap.

— Stella Adler

I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I’m likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination.

— Andrew Motion

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

I’m an emotional sort of person in general and I have a vivid imagination, so I feel the whole spectrum of emotion strongly when I write.

— Erin Morgenstern

Ultimately, so much Dr. Seuss is about empowerment. He invites us to disappear into our imagination and then blows the doors off what that can mean.

— Gary Ross

I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.

— Carlos Fuentes

I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination.

— Carlos Fuentes

There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which we do not actually witness.

— William Godwin

There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.

— William Godwin

There’s just so many great stories in the past that you can know a little bit about, but you can’t know it all, and that’s where imagination can work.

— Geraldine Brooks

The thing that most attracts me to historical fiction is taking the factual record as far as it is known, using that as scaffolding, and then letting imagination build the structure that fills in those things we can never find out for sure.

— Geraldine Brooks

You want to do something that shows some type individuality and talent and imagination – at the same time, you want to be truthful to the predecessors, because obviously the audience liked something about them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent.

— Renny Harlin

A young imagination is bold, likes to make bigger leaps. It likes to, well, imagine that the dustbuster is a dinosaur that the computer mouse is a hotrod that the box is a cave that the rawhide is a torch… or a baton… or something.

— Mo Rocca

Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I’ve learned in my own life.

— Ronnie James Dio

Many memory techniques involve creating unforgettable imagery, in your mind’s eye. That’s an act of imagination. Creating really weird imagery really quickly was the most fun part of my training to compete in the U.S. Memory Competition.

— Joshua Foer

I tried to stir the imagination and enthusiasms of students to take risks, to do what they were most afraid of doing, to widen their horizons of action.

— James Broughton

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.

— Frederick Henry Hedge

I feel very giddy with the idea of making my imagination take form and being able to put on a show where people leave feeling like they’ve experienced something.

— Carly Rae Jepsen

On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn’t observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.

— Bobby Seale

How can a doctor judge a woman’s sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination.

— Nellie Bly

I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening.

— Jerzy Kosinski

Love doesn’t grow on trees like apples in Eden – it’s something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too.

— Joyce Cary

I have been afraid all my life that I am going to die. All my life it has been stuffed in my imagination.

— Patty Duke

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

— Jean Giraudoux

We all know here that the law is the most powerful of schools for the imagination. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth.

— Jean Giraudoux

When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination.

— Tim Berners Lee

You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception.

— Henri Bergson

I have an imagination because my life is so boring that my imagination lets me get off the reality of what’s going on.

— Dave Attell

I’m looking for a way out of here. I can’t have it physically, so I’m going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination. And it’s just fantastic to be there alongside Louie as he’s breaking the NCAA mile record. People at these vigorous moments in their lives – it’s my way of living vicariously.

— Laura Hillenbrand

My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest.

— Andrew Bird

I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.

— Sean Parker

Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in.

— Emmitt Smith

Use your imagination, and you’ll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care.

— Mark Haddon

I don’t necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that’s most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there.

— Beverly Cleary

I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use. But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have.

— Michel Gondry

Imagination creates some big monsters.

— Olivier Martinez

It’s not only imagination, it’s the distortion of the vision. You suddenly think, This person is idealistic, this person is strong, this person has dreams, when you know better most of the time. You put what you want to see on people.

— Olivier Martinez

I am an actor and I live in the world of pretend in my working capacity. I live in the world of my imagination.

— Derek Jacobi

Ellis Peters’s historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination.

— Derek Jacobi

Ultimately it’s a leap of faith and a leap of imagination to put yourself back in time into those conditions and situations and see how you would react.

— Derek Jacobi

When we were filming ‘The Darkest Hour,’ we didn’t even know what the aliens were going to look like, we didn’t even have a graphic reference. So it was definitely a big challenge to sell those kind of extreme moments when you’re just generating them from your own imagination.

— Olivia Thirlby

I believe that imagination inspires nations. It’s something that I live by.

— Janelle Monae

Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.

— Doris Day

Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process yet war, force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole.

— Arthur Keith

I always believe it’s better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do.

— Trevor Nunn

I have enough love to last me a lifetime! Thank God I’ll never lose my imagination and my passion. That’s really what it is. I’m still passionate about what I do.

— Teena Marie

 

Many of these imagination quotes are the result of a collection from various sources; such as newspapers, magazines, bible, other speakers, write-ups, seminars, articles and websites and every effort has been made to give credit where it is due for the material contained herein.

Most of these imagination quotes ’ meanings are straight forward and easy to understand probably due to their simplicity or nature of their authors, and other imagination quotes sound like parables or proverbs which might be difficult to understand their meanings. When you come across difficult quotes, Please read the quote more than once or repeatedly until you get the meaning.

For some imagination quotes, you must think deeply and apply wisdom before you can get their meanings. I believe you will learn and apply the lessons contained in some of these imagination quotes to your daily life because some of these quotes have already influenced many peoples’ decisions and actions

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