The function of the actor is to make the audience imagine for the moment that real things are happening to real people.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. First published in Herbert Beerbohm Tree: Some Memories of Him and His Art (1920). "From the Point of View of the Playwright," The Drama Observed , ed. Bernard F. Dukore, Penn State Press (1993).)
People are not ashamed to think about dirty things, but they are ashamed when they imagine that others believe them capable of having these dirty thoughts.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 87, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "On the History of Moral Sentiments," aphorism 84, "Refinement of Shame," (1878).)
It is said that some Western steamers can run on a heavy dew, whence we can imagine what a canoe may do.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Allegash and East Branch" (1864) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 272, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
We imagined that the sun shining on their bare heads had stamped a liberal and public character on their most private thoughts.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 226, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)