Quotations About / On: IMAGINE

  • 41.
    ... the function of art is to do more than tell it like it is—it's to imagine what is possible.
    (bell hooks (b. c. 1955), African American author, feminist, and human rights advocate. Outlaw Culture, ch. 19 (1994).)
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  • 42.
    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).)
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  • 43.
    Most people get a fair amount of fun out of their lives, but on balance life is suffering, and only the very young or the very foolish imagine otherwise.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Lear, Tolstoy and the Fool," Shooting an Elephant (1950).)
  • 44.
    I'd hate to be a teetotaller. Imagine getting up in the morning and knowing that's as good as you're going to feel all day.
    (Dean Martin (b. 1917), U.S. actor, singer. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).)
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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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).)
  • 48.
    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).)
  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    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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