Imagination Quotes

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
– Henry Ward Beecher

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
– Albert Einstein

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

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
– Stephen Covey

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

If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking.
– George S. Patton

The power of imagination makes us infinite.
– John Muir
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
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
My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived.
– John Adams
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
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
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
– Muhammad Ali
The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
– Chris Van Allsburg
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
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
– Gaston Bachelard
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
– Sir Francis Bacon
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
Faith is spiritualized imagination.
– Henry Ward Beecher
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
Liberty: One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
– Ambrose Bierce
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
– Josh Billings
Imagination rules the world.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
The human race is governed by its imagination.
– Napoleon Bonaparte
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
– Jorge Luis Borges
Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
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
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
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
My imagination is my polestar; I steer by that.
– Clive Barker
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
By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.
– Dorthea Brande
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
Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding.
– Thomas Carlyle
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
– Charlie Chaplin
People can die of mere imagination.
– Geoffrey Chaucer
To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination.
– Lord Chesterfield
There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.
– G. K. Chesterton
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
Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory.
– Emile M. Cioran
Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never.
– Samuel Taylor Coleridge
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
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
I've got research, I have my own life experience I can apply, and I have my imagination.
– Chris Cooper
I imagine that yes is the only living thing.
– e. e. cummings
Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is.
– Yvonne Craig
Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark.
– Annie Dillard
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
– Walt Disney
I only hope that we don't lose sight of one thing - that it was all started by a mouse.
– Walt Disney
Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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 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
When you believe in what you're doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference.
– Samuel Dash
For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
– Jean Dubuffet
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
– Thomas A. Edison
I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.
– Albert Einstein
Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
– Albert Einstein
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
Man lives by imagination.
– Henry Ellis
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
– Epictetus
Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking.
– James Farmer
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
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
– Anatole France
It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.
– Paul Gauguin
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
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
– Theodor Geisel
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
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
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
Few people have the imagination for reality.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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.
– Nadine Gordimer
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
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
It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope.
– Ursula K. Le Guin
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
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
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
Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination.
– Ada Louise Huxtable
An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination.
– Eduard Hanslick
Grant that the true organ with which the beautiful is apprehended is the imagination, and it follows that all arts are likely to affect the feelings indirectly.
– Eduard Hanslick
The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination.
– Richard Hofstadter
Imagination is not something apart and hermetic, not a way of leaving reality behind; it is a way of engaging reality.
– Irving Howe
Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination.
– Christopher Isherwood
My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
– Abdul Kalam
Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.
– Immanuel Kant
My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
– John Keats
Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.
– Charles F. Kettering
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 F. Kettering
When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination.
– Ellen Key
Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.
– Sofia Kovalevskaya
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
Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.
– Stephen B. Leacock
Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
– John Lennon
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
One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?
– Francis Cabot Lowell
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
Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
– Orison Swett Marden