Quotations About / On: IMAGINE

  • 71.
    We can succeed only by concert. It is not "Can any of us imagine better?" but "can we all do better?"
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 1, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 537, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 72.
    You speak of Lord Byron and me—there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees—I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
    (John Keats (1795-1821), British poet. letter, Sept. 17-27, 1819, to his brother and sister-in-law George and Georgiana Keats. The Letters of John Keats, no. 156, ed. Frederick Page (1954).)
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  • 73.
    It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.
    (Jane Austen (1775-1817), British novelist. Emma in Emma, ch. 8 (1816).)
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  • 74.
    Cunning is neither the consequence of sense, nor does it give sense. A proof that it is not sense, is that cunning people never imagine that others can see through them. It is the consequence of weakness.
    (Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. Horace Walpole's Miscellany 1786-1795, p. 23, ed. by Lars E. Troide, copyright Yale University Press (1978). Originally written in 1786.)
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  • 75.
    Total physical and mental inertia are highly agreeable, much more so than we allow ourselves to imagine. A beach not only permits such inertia but enforces it, thus neatly eliminating all problems of guilt. It is now the only place in our overly active world that does.
    (John Kenneth Galbraith (b. 1908), U.S. economist. repr. In A View from the Stands (1986). Foreword to Gloria Steinem, The Beach Book (1963).)
  • 76.
    If, from the very first, the action of the play is absurd, it is because this is the way mad Waltz—before the play starts—imagines it is going to be....
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. The Waltz Invention, foreword (1966).)
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  • 77.
    Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up.
    (Max Beerbohm (1872-1956), British author. "Quia Imperfectum," And Even Now (1920).)
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  • 78.
    Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise ... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine.
    (Allan Bloom (1930-1992), U.S. educator, author. "The Clean Slate," pt. 1, The Closing of the American Mind (1987).)
  • 79.
    I am not concerned with so-called "sex" at all. Anybody can imagine those elements of animality. A greater endeavor lures me on: to fix once for all the perilous magic of nymphets.
    (Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian-born U.S. novelist, poet. Lolita, pt. I, ch. 29.)
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  • 80.
    To believe her limited in range because she was harmonious in method is as sensible as to imagine that when the Atlantic Ocean is as smooth as a mill-pond it shrinks to the size of a mill-pond.
    (Rebecca West (1892-1983), British author. The Strange Necessity, ch. 6 (1928). Of Jane Austen (1775-1817), a great British novelist whose work has sometimes been criticized as limited.)
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