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Quotations About / On: IMAGINE

  • 1.
    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.)
  • 2.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Gaston Bachelard
  • 3.
    I can imagine many things, but few clearly.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
    More quotations from: Mason Cooley, imagine
  • 4.
    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).)
    More quotations from: James Baldwin, heart
  • 5.
    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).)
  • 6.
    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).)
    More quotations from: André Gide
  • 7.
    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.)
    More quotations from: Dame Edith Evans, imagine
  • 8.
    Every parent can imagine the joys of child abuse.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
    More quotations from: Mason Cooley, imagine, child
  • 9.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Mason Cooley, hate
  • 10.
    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).)
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