Quotations About / On:
I can imagine living without food. I cannot imagine living without books.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 2 (1928).
Recalling her childhood self-education in her grandfather's library, where she read works by Lewis Carroll, Edward Lear, Louisa May Alcott, Shakespeare, Smollett, Shelley, Spenser, Browning, Emerson, and George Eliot, among other writers.)
Man is an imagining being.
(Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. The Poetics of Reverie, ch. 2, sct. 10 (1960, trans. 1969).)
I can imagine many things, but few clearly.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
No one is more dangerous than he who imagines himself pure in heart: for his purity, by definition, is unassailable.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. repr. In Nobody Knows My Name (1961). "The Black Boy Looks at the White Boy," Esquire (New York, May 1961).)
War was then no longer this noble and unified outburst of souls in love with glory that he had imagined from Napoleon's proclamations.
(Stendhal [Marie Henri Beyle] (1783-1842), French novelist. The Charterhouse of Parma, ch. III, Dupont (1839) (trans. by Jeri King).)
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one's own the suffering and joys of others.
(André Gide (1869-1951), French author. "Portraits and Aphorisms," Pretexts (1903).)
I can't imagine going on when there are no more expectations.
(Dame Edith Evans (1888-1976), British actor. As quoted in Dame Edith Evans, ch. 5, by Bryan Forbes (1977).
Evans had had a brilliantly successful stage career.)
Every parent can imagine the joys of child abuse.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
If beggars do not hate the rest of us, they are even more abject than I had imagined.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 50 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)