Quotations on Imagination


“My imagination is constantly running and turned on by many aspects and experiences of life. Without my imagination, I would be a drone, a shell, a closed-minded sponge available only to what other people put into it. My imagination let’s me envision things that have never existed and my creativity helps me bring those visions to the canvas.” — Maxwell Jennings

Here is another installment of quotations. This set deals with imagination and creativity. These quotations are found at brainyquote.com.

“A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.” — Antoine de Saint-Exupery

“All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.” — Orison Swett Marden

“Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed.” — Joseph Addison

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.” — Jessamyn West

“I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel.” — Peter Nivio Zarlenga

“I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.” — Duane Michals

“I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant.” — Ursula K. Le Guin

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.” — Theodor Geisel

“I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.” — Calvin Trillin

“I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.” — Pablo Picasso

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.” — Michelangelo

“If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.” — George S. Patton

“Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.” — Simone Weil

“Imagination has brought mankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.” — L. Frank Baum

“Imagination rules the world.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.” — Carl Sagan

“It is the eye of ignorance that assigns a fixed and unchangeable color to every object; beware of this stumbling block.” — Paul Gauguin

“It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards.” — Lewis Carroll

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Live out of your imagination, not your history.” — Stephen Covey

“Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” — George S. Patton

“People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.” — William Butler Yeats

“Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.” — Stephen Leacock

“Some stories are true that never happened.” — Elie Wiesel

“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.” — William Shakespeare

“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” — Muhammad Ali

“There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.” — Gilbert K. Chesterton

“There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings; but none when they are under the influence of imagination.” — Edmund Burke

“They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.” — Francis Bacon

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Theodor Geisel

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.” — Edgar Allan Poe

“To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.” — Anatole France

“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; and then do it.” — Duane Michals

“You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.” — Mark Twain

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” — Jack London