Quotations About / On:
People often imagine that being hard to please confers a certain superiority.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
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).)
There is more felicity on the far side of baldness than young men can possibly imagine.
(Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946), U.S. essayist, aphorist. All Trivia, "Last Words," (1933).)
I can imagine many things, but few clearly.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
The narrative impulse is always with us; we couldn't imagine ourselves through a day without it.
(Robert Coover (b. 1932), U.S. writer. Time Out (London, May 7, 1986).)
I don't know how to defend myself: surprised innocence cannot imagine being under suspicion.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Rodogune, in Rodogune, act 5, sc. 4 (1644).)
The facts, even the real ones, must be imagined before they can be stated.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 193 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
Science becomes dangerous only when it imagines that it has reached its goal.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1911). The Doctor's Dilemma, preface, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 3, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)
Old men, imagining themselves under obligation to young paramours, seldom keep any thing from their knowledge.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Anna Howe, in Clarissa, vol. 5, p. 36, AMS Press (1990).)