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Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 21.
    Perhaps in a book review it is not out of place to note that the safety of the state depends on cultivating the imagination.
    (Stephen Vizinczey (b. 1933), Hungarian novelist, critic. repr. In Truth and Lies in Literature (1986). "Mind of a Mass Murderer," Sunday Telegraph (London, Sept. 8, 1974). A review of Gitta Sereny, Into That Darkness.)
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  • 22.
    No doubt it's a blessed thing to have an imagination that can always make you satisfied, no matter how you are fixed.
    (Mark Twain [Samuel Langhorne Clemens] (1835-1910), U.S. author. Mrs. Sellers, in The American Claimant (1892).)
  • 23.
    The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 3 (1902).)
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  • 24.
    Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.
    (William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "On Taste," Sketches and Essays (1839).)
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  • 25.
    ... the imagination needs moodling,—long, inefficient, happy idling, dawdling and puttering.
    (Brenda Ueland (1891-1985), U.S. author and writing teacher. If You Want to Write, 2nd. ed., ch. 4 (1938).)
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  • 26.
    ... an actor is exactly as big as his imagination.
    (Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865-1932), U.S. actor. As quoted in Mrs. Fiske: Her Views on Actors, Acting and the Problems of Production, ch. 3, by Alexander Woollcott (1917).)
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  • 27.
    Where there is no imagination there is no horror.
    (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), British author. Sherlock Holmes, in A Study in Scarlet, ch. 5 (1887).)
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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.
    (Thomas Henry Huxley (1825-95), British biologist and educator. Reflection #131, Aphorisms and Reflections, selected by Henrietta A. Huxley, Macmillan (London, 1907).)
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  • 30.
    If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies.
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In In These Great Times: A Karl Kraus Reader, ed. Harry Zohn (1976). "In These Great Times," speech, Nov. 19, 1914, Vienna, published in Die Fackel (Vienna, Dec. 1914).)
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