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Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 41.
    ... 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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  • 42.
    ... 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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the tracts which favor that theory.
    (Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), U.S. president. Letter, September 20, 1787, to Charles Thompson. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 12, p. 159, ed. Julian P. Boyd, et al. (1950).)
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  • 48.
    Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
    (Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890), Dutch painter. Letter, July 1888. The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh, vol. 3, no. B12 (1958).)
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  • 49.
    Assuming that we have trained our imagination to denounce the past, we will not suffer much from unfulfilled wishes.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 332, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 563, "Easily Resigned," (1878).)
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  • 50.
    I would love to be able to write a tragedy in my imagination—it would turn into a masterpiece.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Notebooks and Diaries (1809).)
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