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Imagination quotes and quotations

Memory feeds imagination.
Amy Tan

You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.
Jack London

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see.
Henry David Thoreau

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

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

Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face.
James D. Finley

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

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

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
Jessamyn West

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

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

Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which 'are' there.
Richard Feynman

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

The world is but a canvas to our imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person.
Frank Barron

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.
Tuli Kupferberg

Trust that little voice in your head that says "Wouldn't it be interesting if.."; And then do it.
Duane Michals

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

An idea is salvation by imagination.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Build castles in the air.
Robert Burton

. . his master was in a manner always in a wrong Boxe and building castels in the ayre or catching Hares with Tabers.
Author Unknown

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
Norman Podhoretz

Imagination is the air of mind.
Philip James Bail

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.
Robert Burton

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

To build castles in Spain.
George Herbert

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

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
Author Unknown

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein

And castels buylt above in lofty skies, Which never yet had good foundation.
George Gascoigne

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

Seem'd washing his hand with invisible soap In imperceptible water.
Thomas Hood

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
George Gascoigne

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

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
Albert Einstein

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

These are the gloomy comparisons of a disturbed imagination; the melancholy madness of poetry, without the inspiration.
Junius

When I could not sleep for cold I had fire enough in my brain, And builded with roofs of gold My beautiful castles in Spain!
James Russell Lowell

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.
Horace

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 human race is governed by its imagination.
Thomas Babington Macaulay

I'm up to my neck in the real world, every day. Just you try doing your VAT return with a head full of goblins.
Terry Prachett

Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty opium!
Thomas De Quincey
In my mind's eye, Horatio.
William Shakespeare

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. -Joseph Joubert.
Joseph Joubert

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

The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.
G. K. Chesterton

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

Logics will get you from A to B, Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein

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

Imagination continually frustrates tradition, that is its function. -John Pfeiffer.
John Pfeiffer

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

Imagination is thebeginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.
George Bernard Shaw

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

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
Jules de Gaultier

Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

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

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

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