Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION
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).)
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).)
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
(Ian McEwan (b. 1948), British author. Quoted in Independent on Sunday (London, July 5, 1992).)
Bereavement is a darkness impenetrable to the imagination of the unbereaved.
(Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. Montague Small, in The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974).)
Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
(Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist. "The Sweet Cheat Gone," ch. 1, Remembrance of Things Past, vol. 11 (1925), trans. by Scott Moncrieff (1930).)
Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
All the powers of imagination combine in hypochondria.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
The travel writer seeks the world we have lostthe lost valleys of the imagination.
(Alexander Cockburn (b. 1941), Anglo-Irish journalist. repr. in Corruptions of Empire, pt. 1 (1988). "Bwana Vistas," Harper's (New York, Aug. 1985).)
Experience and imagination must enter into the very constitution of our thoughts involving concrete individuals.
(Zeno Vendler (b. 1921), U.S. professor of philosophy (University of California at San Diego). Res Cogitans, p. 76, Cornell University Press (1972).)
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.
(Helen Rowland (1875-1950), U.S. journalist. "Variations," A Guide to Men (1922).)