Quotations About / On:
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).)
A man is never as fortunateor as unfortunateas he imagines.
(François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. Maximes, no. 49 (1678).)
One cannot imagine St. Francis of Assisi talking about rights.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. repr. In Selected Essays, ed. Richard Rees (1962). "Human Personality," La Table Ronde (written 1943, published December 1950).)
There is no real reality to a really imagined life any more.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. The Geographical History of America, Random House (1936).)
“The calendar has a magic that makes us imagine a memory can be resurrected and revived, but nothing returns.”
(Palace of Desire)