Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 1.
    Struggle, when imagination does not meet with reality and forget, when imagination does become an imaginary.
    (Forget the things which does not meet reality otherwise you will struggle for all the times.)
  • 2.
    'Imagination can be a force of politics when it is seen that it is imagination doing the computation'.
    (- Nathan Coppedge (The Techne,2014) .)
  • 3.
    It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations.
    (Walter Bagehot (1826-1877), British economist, critic. The English Constitution, ch. 2 (1867).)
  • 4.
    Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
    (Cyril Connolly (1903-1974), British critic. The Unquiet Grave, pt. 3 (1944, rev. 1951).)
  • 5.
    Most idealistic people are skint. I have discovered that people with money have no imagination, and people with imagination have no money.
    (Captain Rainbow [George Weiss] (b. 1940), British eccentric. Guardian (London, Nov. 3, 1984).)
  • 6.
    Imagination, industry, and intelligence—"the three I's"Mare all indispensable to the actress, but of these three the greatest is, without doubt, imagination.
    (Ellen Terry (1848-1928), British actor. The Story of My Life, ch. 2 (1908).)
  • 7.
    Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work.
    (Louis Aragon (1897-1982), French poet. "Preface to a Modern Mythology," Paris Peasant (1926).)
  • 8.
    The imagination is the spur of delights ... all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise?
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, "Dialogue the Third," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795).)
  • 9.
    Altruism is selfishness out with a pair of field glasses and imagination.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Jules Bertillon, in House of All Nations, sc. 11 (written 1938, published Angus and Robertson, 1988). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
  • 10.
    Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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