Quotations About / On: IMAGINE

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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).)
  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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.)
  • 76.
    Most revolutionaries are potential Tories, because they imagine that everything can be put right by altering the shape of society; once that change is effected, as it sometimes is, they see no need for any other.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. "Charles Dickens," Inside the Whale and Other Essays (1940).)
  • 77.
    I'm coming home. I remember your saying when I left that people were dying and that I was crapping around with fate to come here. You were more right than you could imagine.
    (Judith Rascoe, U.S. screenwriter, Robert Stone (b. 1939), and Karel Reisz. Converse (Michael Moriarty), Who'll Stop the Rain? Writing his wife from Vietnam (1978).)
  • 78.
    From the happy expression on their faces you might have supposed that they welcomed the war. I have met with men who loved stamps, and stones, and snakes, but I could not imagine any man loving war.
    (Margot Asquith (1864-1945), British socialite. The Autobiography of Margot Asquith, vol. 2, ch. 7 (1922). said of the crowds outside Downing Street, Aug. 3, 1914, the eve of the declaration of World War I...)
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  • 79.
    We imagine much more appropriately an artisan on his toilet seat or on his wife than a great president, venerable by his demeanor and his ability. It seems to us that they do not stoop from their lofty thrones even to live.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Repentance," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 2, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
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  • 80.
    Children ... seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.
    (Shirley Hazzard (b. 1931), Australian-American author. The Bay of Noon, ch. 1 (1970).)
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