Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 11.
    Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Friar Claude, in L'Histoire de Juliette, ou les Prospérités du Vice, pt. 3 (1797).)
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  • 12.
    Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
    (Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. Quoted in Independent on Sunday (London, July 5, 1992).)
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  • 13.
    All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
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  • 14.
    Imagination is the eye of the soul.
    (Joseph Joubert (1754-1824), French essayist, moralist. Pensées, no. 42 (1842).)
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  • 15.
    Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
    (John Lennon (1940-1980), British rock musician. CBC-TV, June 1969. "The Way It Is.")
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  • 16.
    This world is but canvas to our imaginations.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 310, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 17.
    Perhaps we ought to feel with more imagination.
    (John Ashbery (b. 1927), U.S. poet, critic. "The Recent Past.")
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  • 18.
    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 (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).)
  • 19.
    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 (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).)
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  • 20.
    Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
    (Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books," Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).)
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