Quotations About / On: IMAGINE
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).)
Whoever will imagine a perpetual confession of ignorance, a judgment without leaning or inclination, on any occasion whatever, has a conception of Pyrrhonism.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist and philosopher. "Apology for Raymond Sebond," Complete Essays of Montaigne, trans. by Donald M. Frame (1965).)
I can imagine no more comfortable frame of mind for the conduct of life than a humorous resignation.
(W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1966), British author. A Writer's Notebook, entry, 1902 (1949).)
A big family must be fun. I imagine it makes you feel you belong to something.
(Barré Lyndon (1896-1972), British screenwriter, and Byron Haskins. Clayton (Gene Barry), The War of the Worlds, talking to Sylvia in the abandoned farmhouse.
Based on the novel by H.G.Wells.)
You may try but you can never imagine what it is to have a man's form of genius in you, and to suffer the slavery of being a girl.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist, editor. Deronda's mother, in Daniel Deronda, bk. 7, ch. 51 (1874-1876).)
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human faceforever.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. O'Brien to Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949).)
The struggle itself towards the heights is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "The Myth of Sisyphus," The Myth of Sisyphus (1942, trans. 1955).
Last words of this work.)