Quotations About / On: IMAGINE
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).)
Imagine how peaceful the world will be if only those with pure hearts are authorized to administer the sword's purpose.
(My complimentary comment to my social media friend Don Adams' post about Christians' right to bear arms.)
'If you want to be great in life, keep the past in mind, follow the present and imagine the future'.
(- - Indian Poet, Pijush Biswas [12July,1988], PoemHunter)
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).)
By poeticizing love, we imagine in those we love virtues that they often do not possess; this then becomes the source of constant mistakes and constant distress.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Narrator in Ariadna, Works, vol. 9, p. 117, "Nauka" (1976).)
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).)
It isn't necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or icethere are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia.
(Frank Zappa (1940-1993), U.S. rock musician, and Peter Occhiogrosso. The Real Frank Zappa Book, ch. 9 (1989).)