Quotations About / On:
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).)
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. Its hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
“I could not imagine that the future I was walking toward could compare in any way to the past that I was leaving behind.”