Quotations About / On: IMAGINE

  • 41.
    You are as happy as you think you are, but not necessarily as miserable as you imagine.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Ninth Selection, New York (1992).)
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  • 42.
    I had always imagined that Cliché was a suburb of Paris, until I discovered it to be a street in Oxford.
    (Philip Guedalla (1889-1944), British author. "Some Historians," Supers and Supermen (1920).)
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  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Oliver Twist, ch. 37, p. 267 (1838).)
  • 45.
    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).)
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  • 46.
    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).)
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  • 47.
    One can hardly imagine a more healthful employment, or one more favorable to contemplation and the observation of nature.
    (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. 221, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 48.
    A rich rogue now-a-days is fit company for any gentleman; and the world, my dear, hath not such a contempt for roguery as you imagine.
    (John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 9.)
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  • 49.
    I can imagine myself on my death-bed, spent utterly with lust to touch the next world, like a boy asking for his first kiss from a woman.
    (Aleister Crowley (1875-1947), British occultist. The Confessions of Aleister Crowley, ch. 54 (1929, rev. 1970).)
  • 50.
    Imagine my surprise, nay, my consternation, when without moving from his privacy, Bartleby in a singularly mild, firm voice, replied, "I would prefer not to."
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Bartleby" (1853), The Piazza Tales and Other Prose Pieces 1839-1860, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 9, eds. Harrison Hayford, Alma A. MacDougall, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1987). One of many instances in which Bartleby uses this phrase to refuse to work.)
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