Quotations About / On: IMAGINE
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.”
“It was better for me when I could imagine greatness in others, even if it wasnt always there.”
(― Charles Bukowski, The Captain is Out to Lunch and the Sailors Have Taken Over the Ship)
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).)