quotations about imagination
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
EDGAR ALLAN POE, "Eleonora"
Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.
CHARLES BAUDELAIRE, New Notes on E. Poe
The imagination is man’s power over nature.
WALLACE STEVENS, "Adagia," Opus Posthumous
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.
HENRY MILLER, Sexus
Imagination is the highest kite that one can fly.
LAUREN BACALL, Lauren Bacall By Myself
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
MARK TWAIN, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Our imagination flies: we are its shadow on the earth.
VLADIMIR NABOKOV, The Sea and the Honeycomb: A Book of Tiny Poems
Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.
JULES DE GAUTIER, attributed, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Inspirational Quotes
We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.
J. K. ROWLING, speech to Harvard Alumni Association, 2008
Books, customs, buildings, railways, ships, and all
The stark realities that men have made,
Are but imagination's utterances.
HENRY ABBEY, "Eleusinia"
Indulge your imagination in every possible flight.
JANE AUSTEN, Pride and Prejudice
The man who has no imagination has no wings.
MUHAMMAD ALI, Newsweek, 1975
The highest exercise of imagination is not to devise what has no existence, but rather to perceive what really exists, though unseen by the outward eye--not creation, but insight.
HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Table-Talk
Our imagination is stretched to the utmost, not, as in fiction, to imagine things which are not really there, but just to comprehend those things which are there.
RICHARD FEYNMAN, The Character of Physical Law
The bird Imagination,
That flies so far, that dies so soon;
Her wings are colored like the sun,
Her breast is colored like the moon.
ELINOR WYLIE, "The Falcon"
But how much better, in any case, to wonder than not to wonder, to dance with astonishment and go spinning in praise, than not to know enough to dance or praise at all; to be blessed with more imagination than you might know at the given moment what to do with than to be cursed with too little to give you -- and other people -- any trouble.
EUDORA WELTY, New York Times Book Review, Mar. 24, 1974
Your imagination, my dear fellow, is worth more than you imagine.
LOUIS ARAGON, Paris Peasant
Nothing is more dangerous to reason than the flights of the imagination and nothing has been the occasion of more mistakes among philosophers. Men of bright fancies may in this respect be compared to those angels whom the scripture represents as covering their eyes with their wings.
DAVID HUME, A Treatise of Human Nature
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will be as one.
JOHN LENNON, "Imagine"
And as imagination bodies forth
The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
A local habitation and a name.
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, A Midsummer Night's Dream