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Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    On the wings of fancy, gentle readers, bear yourselves into the mid-air, where by imagination you may form a large stupendous castle.
    (Sarah Fielding (1710-1768), British novelist, and Jane Collier. The Cry: A New Dramatic Fable, part 1, prologue (1754).)
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  • 49.
    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).)
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  • 50.
    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).)
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