Quotations About / On: IMAGINATION

  • 41.
    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.)
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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    Imagination has rules, but we can only guess what they are.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eleventh Selection, New York (1993).)
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  • 44.
    An Irishman's heart is nothing but his imagination.
    (George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. Larry Doyle, in John Bull's Other Island, act 1.)
  • 45.
    What a glorious gift is imagination, and what satisfaction it affords!
    (Thomas Mann (1875-1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Fischer (1954). Felix Krull, in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man, bk. 1, ch. 1, p. 8, trans. by Denver Lindley, Vintage Books (1955).)
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  • 46.
    Memory is imagination pinned down.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Sixth Selection, New York (1989).)
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  • 47.
    Imagination at wit's end spreads its sad wings.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. The narrator, in Ill Seen Ill Said, p. 17, Grove Press (1981).)
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  • 48.
    The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society.
    (Charles Horton Cooley (1864-1929), U.S. sociologist. Human Nature and the Social Order, ch. 3 (1902).)
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  • 49.
    The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
    (Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), British poet. A Defence of Poetry (written 1821, published 1840). This axiom constituted the cornerstone of Shelley's philosophy.)
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  • 50.
    Taste is nothing but an enlarged capacity for receiving pleasure from works of imagination.
    (William Hazlitt (1778-1830), British essayist. "On Taste," Sketches and Essays (1839).)
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