We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Imagination Quotes from David Autor, Tyler, The Creator, Dee Rees, Richard Wright, Breckin Meyer. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
While I can’t tell you what people are going to do for work 100 years from now, the future doesn’t hinge on my imagination.
I’m an optimistic guy. I’m one of those big dreamers. I’m one of those kids with that annoying imagination.
It’s a failure of imagination if you can only write what you know – we have to be able to imagine different worlds.
The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
I think reading is important for a variety of things. I mean, first of all, it’s a way to get information and find out what’s going on in the world. But also, it helps your imagination.
People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.
It’s a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don’t have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own.
For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential – the imagination.
To create a new standard, it takes something that’s not just a little bit different; it takes something that’s really new and really captures people’s imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I’ve ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard.
I hope my kids see imagination has power to change everything.
I’d love to play more challenging roles, characters that would stretch my comfort zone and imagination.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
There’s not one major greatest influence on my career. It would be film and great artists and great imagineers – Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, people who understand the joy of the imagination.
Richard Hugo taught me that anyone with a desire to write, an ear for language and a bit of imagination could become a writer. He also, in a way, gave me permission to write about northern Montana.
The aspect of kind of living in your imagination and creating a more romantic vision of the world than the reality that you’re given – that’s definitely something I can sort of relate to.
Mine is not an autonomous imagination.
Storybooks were always a big part of my imagination, and my childhood and adolescence.
I love fantasy; I love imagination – that’s the inner child in me.
I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea.
The openness of rural Nebraska certainly influenced me. That openness, in a way, fosters the imagination. But growing up, Lincoln wasn’t a small town. It was a college town. It had record stores and was a liberal place.
Sometimes when you’ve got too much money you lose your imagination.
By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment.
To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter’s imagination.
I write from my imagination, not from what I’ve read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity.
Walt Disney had a nuclear imagination before the advent of nuclear, some comprehension of apocalypse and rapture deep in his genes.
I had a very active imagination as a kid, and I was constantly performing, whether I was making money doing it or not, whether it was on a stage in front of 1,000 people or in the living room in front of my family.
The imagination is an innate gift, but it needs refinement and cultivation; this is what the humanities provide.
I guess I’m a very keen observer, and I’d like to think I have a good imagination.
I grew up in the ’80s where there’s a lot of these kind of post-apocalyptic, post-comet, post-whatever it was, so that always captured my imagination a lot as a little kid, that idea of getting access to secret places and being able to roam around where you’re not supposed to.
Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.
I had never been a comic book person before, really, because I had no access to them. Once I had access, I thought that these are just another avenue for telling stories and delving into the imagination.
You have to just go with your imagination, where your instinct takes you.
I’m ever curious about the world. I’m driven to go out and find new things to write about. Having a vivid imagination is also a plus.
Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination, and everything came out perfect.
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he isn’t. A sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.
The appeal of perfume is that it is at once ephemeral and empowering. It creates a shimmering invisible armor that lingers in a room long after its wearer has gone and infuses our imagination with a subtle power, hinting at a hidden identity.
Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
If there is a book that the script came from you have to read it, you have to see what you can get out of it: mood, back story and things that may not even be in the film. They kick off your imagination and broaden the character, I think.
In a sense, fantasy is a freer play of the imagination. You can achieve exactly the situation you want with less groundwork, less of a need to fill in all of the background. For science fiction, I would use a lot of sources to set up, for instance, what a being from another planet would be like.
It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under 60 seconds. These five directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today.
I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia’s appearances to the reader’s imagination.
Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it’s so grimly brutal!
But the greatest thing about music is putting it out there for people to figure out. You want the listener to find the song on their own. If you give too much away, it takes away from the imagination.
The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability.
You have a dream 35 years ago – doesn’t come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it’s somewhere back there. Then you turn 60, and your mom just dies, and you’re looking for something. And the dream comes waking out of your imagination.
Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible.
Imagination makes us shape better stories, sure, but it also allows us to multiply possibilities.
Liberty: One of Imagination’s most precious possessions.
If we divine a discrepancy between a man’s words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted.
I used to lie in bed in my flat and imagine what would happen if there was a zombie attack.
Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, with takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.
In those days, it didn’t take much imagination to come up with something that required great lyric development skills. You just thought of an experience that you might have gone through, and write it down.
I have been afraid all my life that I am going to die. All my life it has been stuffed in my imagination.
It’s amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw.
‘The Spy Who Came in from the Cold’ was the work of a wayward imagination brought to the end of its tether by political disgust and personal confusion.
To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness.
Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process; yet war, force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole.
Few people have the imagination for reality.
Everything is creative. It’s all relative to me. No matter what, you’ve gotta use your imagination, use your senses.
Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain.
Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth.
Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination – think up a story and go live it for an afternoon.
I always know exactly where my stories take place, which gives me something certain so I can use my imagination for the other stuff. I worry though, who wants to keep reading stories about Kalamazoo?
Nonfiction is both easier and harder to write than fiction. It’s easier because the facts are already laid out before you, and there is already a narrative arc. What makes it harder is that you are not free to use your imagination and creativity to fill in any missing gaps within the story.
Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film. I certainly didn’t think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.
I guess just a lively imagination is the best effort an actor can have.
As a manager, you have to sow a seed of imagination in your players.
It’s a slight stretch of the imagination but most people are alike in most ways so I’ve never had any trouble identifying with the character that I’m playing.
You know what’s better than building things up in your imagination? Building things up in real life.
Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience’s imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there’s no fourth wall.
I don’t want to go on much longer, really. I think that would suggest a lack of imagination. A certain lack of dignity also.
The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it.
You’d have to have one hell of an imagination to completely make up a story, but historians are very anal about what they think should be portrayed on screen. Thankfully they don’t make movies; we do.
I don’t want to discredit people’s individuality, but I think people are pretty much the same. People are very similar. If you have a good enough imagination then you can feel things that you personally have never done before. That’s acting.
True change takes place in the imagination.
Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.
A man, to be greatly good, must imagine intensely and comprehensively; he must put himself in the place of another and of many others; the pains and pleasures of his species must become his own.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature.
Man lives by imagination.
Vision is the true creative rhythm.
Imagination is a very potent thing, and in the uneducated often usurps the place of genuine experience.
To put yourself in another’s place requires real imagination, but by doing so each Girl Scout will be able to love among others happily.
My greatest strength as a child, I realize now, was my imagination. While every other kid was reading and writing, I had seven whole hours a day to practice my imagination. When do you get that space in your life, ever?
Works of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.
They seem much rarer now, those auteur films that come out of a director’s imagination and are elliptical and hermetic. All those films that got me into independent cinema when I was watching it seem thin on the ground.
My proudest moment was probably when my oldest boy finished law school and went on to become an FBI agent. It was just beyond my imagination that – with my background – my own son would become an FBI agent.
The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down, there must be some truth in one’s own imagination.
I don’t think that people should wear dresses two sizes too small. I just think that sexiness is better left to the imagination. It’s just more tasteful.
It’s a wonderful thing working with young actors. I know a lot of people don’t like working with children. I actually adore it, because you watch their imagination open up and you watch them start to learn this job that I’ve been doing for so long. They come with such a lack of cynicism.
The appeal of the spectrally macabre is generally narrow because it demands from the reader a certain degree of imagination and a capacity for detachment from everyday life.
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that’s all you have.
I have no favourite genre or style but treat each novel with the same care, imagination and craftsmanship. It’s as difficult to write a crime or a children’s novel with a touch of style and grace as it is a literary novel.
I suspect that one of capitalism’s crucial assets derives from the fact that the imagination of economists, including its critics, lags well behind its own inventiveness, the arbitrariness of its undertaking and the ruthlessness of the way in which it proceeds.
I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that I would somehow become a sports commentator.
Anyone who said he wasn’t afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn’t shake but inside I was shaking.
The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion.
I always wanted to ride a dragon myself, so I decided to do this for a year in my imagination.
An idea is a putting truth in check-mate.
In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts – in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma – would someday be called Congressman.
Like a blazing comet, I’ve traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear.
Imagination is the true magic carpet.
There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination.
It’s through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others.
I’m not a perfect human being by any stretch of the imagination. But there is always this little voice inside of me that keeps me where I know I need to be.
The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination.
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you.
There’s no great mystery to acting. It’s a very simple thing to do but you have to work hard at it. It’s about asking questions and using your imagination.
Fairy tales opened up a door into my imagination – they don’t conform to the reality that’s around you as a child. I started reading when I was three and read everything, but I wanted to be an actress.
Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.
The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.
I love the paranormal, because there, every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination.
You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination.
Imagination! Imagination! I put it first years ago, when I was asked what qualities I thought necessary for success on the stage.
I’ve got research, I have my own life experience I can apply, and I have my imagination.
Genius is an African who dreams up snow.
George has only got to ring me. His imagination is so wonderful, I’d do any character he might create.
Politics is the enemy of the imagination.
I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one.
I think it’s fun to play with worlds that you can add a lot of your own imagination to. With ‘True Blood,’ you’re not limited by anything, there are just leaps and bounds of the imagination you can take with these characters.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
I think humans have always felt watched back by whatever is out there flickering in the distance. What excites me is what the imagination creates, not simply in explanation of what is there but also to explain or justify the feeling of awe and attachment that the heavens inspire.
Television contracts the imagination and radio expands it.
I feel very giddy with the idea of making my imagination take form and being able to put on a show where people leave feeling like they’ve experienced something.
Heaven knows, I’ve exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination… now my new book is about what really happened to me… not my heroines.
What is now proved was once only imagined.
My books are inert as cordwood till a reader’s imagination ignites one and an old flame jumps to life.
I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.
I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it’s not imagination. It’s just a way of watching.
Never forget that the key to the situation lies in the will and not in the imagination.
Like all novelists, I’m interested in the filters between reality and the imagination.
No breed of cats in its proper condition can by any stretch of the imagination be thought of as even slightly ungraceful – a record against which must be pitted the depressing spectacle of impossibly flattened bulldogs, grotesquely elongated dachshunds, hideously shapeless and shaggy Airedales, and the like.
Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I’ve learned in my own life.
I think artists can influence only through making music that challenges people, excites them and flips them out. Music that repeats what you know in ever-decreasing derivation, that’s unchallenging and unstimulating, deadens our minds, our imagination and our ability to see beyond the hell we find ourselves in.
We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark.
Loving a country is an act of the imagination.
I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination.
Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.
There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality.
The human mind evolved always in the company of the human body, and of the animal body before it was human. The intricate connections of mind and body must exceed our imagination, as from our point of view we are peculiarly prevented from observing them.
Great ideas originate in the muscles.
We can live with lots of things, but we can’t live without imagination, we can’t live without hope.
Imagination, the traitor of the mind, has taken my solitude and slain it.
I just have a relationship with my imagination. It’s like my friend, almost.
Doubt is the father of invention.
Writing is more about imagination than anything else. I fell in love with words. I fell in love with storytelling.
Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Ideas come from ordinary, everyday life. And from imagination. And from feelings. And from memories. Memories of dust in my sneakers and humming whitewalls down a hill called Monkey.
Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to feel the emergence of a domain, and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced as embodied sensation in the catastrophe.
We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness.
One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let the facts get in the way of your imagination.
I believe that we have the ability to change our lives using our imaginations. Imagination is a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
Fantasy mirrors desire. Imagination reshapes it.
Imagination is an instrument of survival.
I think life is about having the mixture of the curiosity of an older person and the imagination of a child.
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
Ultimately, you have to meet a realistic setting on screen with some imagination as a viewer, as that is what creates a story.
Well, I think that as a country, we’ve drifted away from appreciating the importance of imagination.
Every time you get on a stage or in front of a camera, the whole exercise is about imagination. You’re constantly depicting something that doesn’t exist, and trying to find the reality of it. Once you settle on that premise, everything else is a matter of degrees.
Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness.
Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!
Living in a small town, one of the keys to survival was your imagination.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
Men are mortal. So are ideas. An idea needs propagation as much as a plant needs watering. Otherwise both will wither and die.
Without imagination and without love, life can be pretty bleak. I think having both will get you through the most dire of situations.
I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn’t that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that’s when your creativity is developed, when you’re young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to.
A viewer’s imagination is a powerful storyteller, and can often come up with things way more frightening than what you can explicitly show in a horror movie… try to engage that imagination, and the results can be magical.
Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only.
I suppose I’m proudest of my novels for what’s imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography.
I had a good imagination and I still have one; a child-like imagination that hasn’t gone away.
It is impossible to imagine the universe run by a wise, just and omnipotent God, but it is quite easy to imagine it run by a board of gods.
Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you’re forced back on your own imagination.
I may have been sexy, but I was covered up total. There was something left to the imagination.
The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.
As a boy, the very words ‘Liberty Bell’ and ‘Independence Hall’ fired my imagination and made a profound and lasting impression on my mind. Throughout my struggle to secure national freedom for China, I have continuously dreamed of the day when she would assume the full stature of an independent, democratic nation.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous.
Imagination is the Discovering Faculty, pre-eminently. It is that which penetrates into the unseen worlds around us, the worlds of Science.
This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use. But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have.
Bad people are, from the point of view of art, fascinating studies. They represent colour, variety and strangeness. Good people exasperate one’s reason; bad people stir one’s imagination.
I had a pretty sexual imagination for a kid.
I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.
I have more of a vivid imagination than I have talent. I cook up ideas. It’s just a characteristic.
I felt the pressure of imagination against the doors of my mind was so great that they were going to burst.
Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, ‘Just watch!’
I have enough love to last me a lifetime! Thank God I’ll never lose my imagination and my passion. That’s really what it is. I’m still passionate about what I do.
The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn’t thought of before and that aren’t talked about in the news all the time.
Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.
What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.
Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination.
A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination.
A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
Acting is an expression of imagination. No firsthand knowledge is necessary.
People who don’t see their nature and imagine they can practice thoughtlessness all the time are lairs and fools.
It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas.
It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model. But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things.
A place makes a deep impression on you when you’re young. It lives with you. It’s like your childhood. It fertilises the imagination.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
War, except in self-defense, is a failure of moral imagination.
Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling.
‘Castle’ is a guy living in a fantasy world. He’s in his imagination, writing these stories of murder.
Nature’s imagination is so boundless compared to our own meager human imagination.
What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises.
Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don’t have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere.
I grew up believing my sister was from the planet Neptune and had been sent down to Earth to kill me. I believed this because my sister Emily convinced me of it when I was a toddler. I think she’d seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers and her imagination ran away with her. There’s a part of me that still believes it.
Ghost stories really scare me. I have such a big imagination that after I watch a horror movie like ‘The Grudge’, I look in the corners of my room for the next two days.
People can die of mere imagination.
But I’m never gonna get to a point in my life where what it costs to shoot a movie is going to determine what it is. The limits of my imagination is the only thing that’s gonna stop me.
Well, I think that – I think leadership’s always been about two main things: imagination and courage.
The peculiar fascination which the South held over my imagination and my limited capital decided me in favor of Atlanta University; so about the last of September I bade farewell to the friends and scenes of my boyhood and boarded a train for the South.
When James Bond presses the watch and the car explodes, the writer doesn’t go into the science of it. One should leave it to the leap of faith. I have tried to explain as much as possible, and what I can’t, I have left it to people’s imagination.
If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.
Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art.
Every view, and every object I studied attentively, by viewing them again and again on every side, for I was anxious to make a lasting impression of it on my imagination.
If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
Nowadays people’s visual imagination is so much more sophisticated, so much more developed, particularly in young people, that now you can make an image which just slightly suggests something, they can make of it what they will.
Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.
What I love most about animation is, it’s a team sport, and everything we do is about pure imagination.
I can’t work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free.
With your imagination, you can go anywhere or do anything, anything is possible.
The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new – and sometimes unexpected – directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations. A liberal arts education is designed to equip students for just such flexibility and imagination.
I think we’re all a little afraid of the dark. If you lived in the country, as I did, there’s nothing quite like country dark, which was really black. And as a child, your imagination runs wild.
Grant that the true organ with which the beautiful is apprehended is the imagination, and it follows that all arts are likely to affect the feelings indirectly.
I’m kind of surprised that so many of those other books were almost exactly like mine. They even follow the form. There were some books that even copied the stamp. It shows so little imagination.
Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.
The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.
Sometimes a technology is so awe-inspiring that the imagination runs away with it – often far, far away from reality. Robots are like that. A lot of big and ultimately unfulfilled promises were made in robotics early on, based on preliminary successes.
In my imagination yes, I remember, when I was six years old, I was conducting all this concert in my house. But now it’s real.
It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care.
It takes as much imagination to create debt as to create income.
His imagination conceived and bore – worlds; but nothing in these worlds became alive until he discovered its true and living name. The name was the breath of life; and, sooner or later, he invariably found it.
The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.
An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination.
In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children’s curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play.
People are always saying it’s the end of the Gutenberg era. More to the point, it’s a return to an oral era. The Gutenberg galaxy was about the written word. At its best, the digital era is part of the rediscovery of the oral. At its worst, it’s a Kafkaesque victory of the bureaucratic over the imagination.
I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money.
For me, it’s always a failure of the imagination. I have that anxiety that time is passing, that everything is ultimately fleeting and impermanent. I better take advantage of every single moment.
You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need.
There’s no environment. Use your imagination. There’s no fourth wall, whether it’s the first time you’ve told this story about her life, or the sixth time.
One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.
To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.
A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate.
I do not ‘get’ ideas; ideas get me.
If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.
People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up.
I enjoy working on a movie that lets your imagination run wild, it’s great to be a part of and watch.
For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity.
Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers.
I accept that there may be things far grander and more incomprehensible than we can possibly imagine.
Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they’re all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination.
Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully.
Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities.
Imagination comes of not having things.
When you are young your imagination is so clear.
The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it’s a big problem.
I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I’m likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination.
I grew up with interesting and funny people. We made our own fun. You had to use your imagination.
Reading has been the fuel of my motivation: it has changed the direction in which I have traveled, and it has enhanced my creative imagination more than any other activity I have ever pursued.
My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane.
It’s very important that we keep our imagination, which is our capacity to open the future, awake at a time at which the urge to collapse into the fetal position is high.
My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn’t be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead.
If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination.
To me, it’s far more efficient to mobilize the imagination. It’s far more efficient to hear a creaking step, for example, than to see the face of a monster, which usually looks ridiculous, and where you know that the blood is ketchup.
We didn’t have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child.
Anything you put your mind to and add your imagination into can make your life a lot better and a lot more fun.
Every parent knows this moment in a child’s age when he or she needs your attention in a very specific way because it’s the beginning and ending of the early life of imagination. It’s such a responsibility.
On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn’t observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer.
‘Avatar’ is the greatest, most comprehensive collection of movie cliches ever assembled, but it’s put together in a brand new way with a new technology, and tremendous imagination, making it a true epic and a kind of a milestone.
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.
Imagination is as good as many voyages – and how much cheaper!
Never, and I mean never, allow anyone else’s ideas of who you can or can’t become sully your dream or pollute your imagination. This is your territory, and a ‘Keep Out’ sign is a great thing to erect at all entrances to your imagination.
I love costumes. I love getting dressed up because it really helps my imagination make the leap to believe that I am who I say I am.
I grew up in this room filled with musical instruments, but most importantly, I had a family who encouraged me to invest in my own imagination, and so things I created, things I built were good things to be building just because I was making them, and I think that’s such an important idea.
Yes, I was correctly quoted in saying I introduced sex into films in the 20’s, but it was sex in good taste and left a great deal to one’s imagination.
Kindness and intelligence don’t always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships.
I’m glad to have grown up in the countryside and played, and had to use my imagination rather than a TV and had to learn to act the hard way, to have dealt with the rejection. It’s a life as well as a job, at the end the day, we all have to work for a living, but we have to have a life as well.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
The woman who appeals to a man’s vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.
The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.
True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.
I was lucky because my mum was a teacher and showed me how to read and write. But most importantly, she encouraged me to use my imagination.
Imagination… its limits are only those of the mind itself.
Essentially, I’m untrained, so I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I’m going to be playing.
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
I have an imagination because my life is so boring that my imagination lets me get off the reality of what’s going on.
I feel that directors at times are like the janitors on the set. I am the secretary, I am the organizer, I am the maid, and I ask if they have eaten or rested. The best things are always out of your control. It’s those moments that surpass the imagination that are thrilling.
Love is based on imagination.
We especially need imagination in science.
When I was a boy, I was a worrier, and so was my son, Joe. I used to tell him that worrying meant he had an imagination and that one day he’d be pleased.
Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.
Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it’s some kind of quality isn’t it? Tenacity. You could also say it was sloth.
I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from.
No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination.
For those who have obtained unobstructed knowledge of Self, the world is seen merely as a bondage causing imagination.
The great liberty of the fictional writer is to let the imagination out of the traces and see it gallop off over the horizon.
In the beginning, we had a great deal of freedom, and Jerry wrote completely out of his imagination – very, very freely. We even had no editorial supervision to speak of, because they were in such a rush to get the thing in before deadline. But later on we were restricted.
My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner.
The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we’re disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning.
I am better able to imagine hell than heaven; it is my inheritance, I suppose.
The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination.
Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.
A poet ought not to pick nature’s pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.
Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.
Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin.
The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
Who cares about the men who steered your breakfast cereal through winter storms? How ironic that the more ships have grown in size and consequence, the less space they take up in our imagination.
In rising financial markets, the world is forever new. The bull or optimist has no eyes for past or present, but only for the future, where streams of revenue play in his imagination.
From an early age, I had always loved drawing. Laying on the floor, in front of the fire, drawing from my imagination, marching soldiers, dive bombers, spaceships and monsters. Now, suddenly, I was drawing from real life!
Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind.
We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts.
Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang’s feeble imagination.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
Imagination creates some big monsters.
Personality is more important than beauty, but imagination is more important than both of them.
Laughter is a Trojan horse to enter into direct contact with the unconscious, strike the imagination, and trigger visceral reactions.
All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination.
Ellis Peters’s historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination.
Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man’s imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries.
I’ve got quite a vivid imagination and I’m easily overwhelmed by sensations and things that are beautiful or scary. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a ghost – I think I’m probably haunted by my own ghosts than real ones.
Sometimes, surely, truth is closer to imagination or to intelligence, to love than to fact? To be accurate is not to be right.
I don’t know exactly how I end up with some of these roles. It mystifies me sometimes, but I am a fan of sci-fi. I love being taken into a strange world, and when it’s told with imagination and credibility, I love being taken on that trip. I always have.
The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible.
Since coming out of jail, I still made mistakes daily. Don’t me wrong, I’m not an angel by any stretch of the imagination, but my mistakes are just normal ones now like forgetting to go to the shop when the missus asks or not putting the bins out, stuff like that.
I feel very lucky to make a living from my imagination; I’m very grateful for that. I like that what I do is create. I’m feeling very lucky to have had the career I had. It’s gone much longer and bigger than I ever thought it would be.
I find my characters and stories in many varied places; sometimes they pop out of newspaper articles, obscure historical texts, lively dinner party conversations and some even crawl out of the dusty remote recesses of my imagination.
For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination.
Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely.
I was raised not to be afraid to show emotion or imagination.
The visionary imagination is the source of art and religion.
I think if you’re a competent actor with a good imagination, and if it’s on the page, it makes your job a lot easier.
As children, we have vivid imaginations. We stay up late waiting for Santa Claus, dream of becoming president, and have ideas that defy physics. Then something happens. As we grow older, we start editing our imagination.
I grew up in Sierra Leone, in a small village where as a boy my imagination was sparked by the oral tradition of storytelling. At a very young age I learned the importance of telling stories – I saw that stories are the most potent way of seeing anything we encounter in our lives, and how we can deal with living.
I have a vivid, apocalyptic imagination.
The universe has a much greater imagination than we do, which is why the real story of the universe is far more interesting than any of the fairy tales we have invented to describe it.
The imagination is a pretty precious source of protection.
Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future.
There is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves.
I think that in the cultural imagination, motherhood has a primacy that fatherhood just doesn’t; and that’s not to say that there aren’t many fathers who are active and engaged and for whom that is their life’s passion. But somehow, in the imagination, there’s something different about maternity.
To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind.
Jehovah God is truly rich far beyond the imagination of humankind.
The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.
I hope that I’m sexy in a different kind of way than I think that a lot of girls are right now. I think a lot of girls in the public eye, especially musical artists, are just kind of objectified a little bit and wearing super-skimpy outfits and leaving nothing to the imagination.
Literature has always been the greatest fuel for my imagination.
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.
Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality.
Use your imagination. Look around the kitchen and see what you can use.
I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject – skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge.
The innovative process is a fragile one, dependent on a complex, often messy interplay of imagination, competition, and exchange. Curbing new ideas hurts not only individual creators but the audience for which they create and the posterity that inherits their legacy.
I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.
Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. The best ones leave a tantalising gap between the pictures and the words, a gap that is filled by the reader’s imagination, adding so much to the excitement of reading a book.
The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business.
We have the universe to roam in in imagination. It is our virtue to be infinitely varied. The worst tyranny is uniformity.
People may think I’m trying something new by telling stories, but they’re just jokes connected to give the illusion of stories. But really, I just continue using my imagination and creating. That’s what I do.
The image of Stephen Hawking – who has died aged 76 – in his motorised wheelchair, with head contorted slightly to one side and hands crossed over to work the controls, caught the public imagination as a true symbol of the triumph of mind over matter.
Respect your parents. What they tell you is true. Hard work, dedication and faith will get you anything. Imagination will drive itself. You can get anything you want, but you have to have faith behind all your ideas. Stick to your goals and have an undying faith.
Reading a hard copy book, and reading a book on an iPad are slightly different experiences. What they both have in common though is that you must engage your imagination in the process.
‘Perfect Sense’ is a film about love and catastrophe, which I hope is a powerfully romantic and emotional take on the apocalyptic sub-genre. Its aim is to be a minimalist concept movie – where seismic events occur in simple ways that ask the audience to use their imagination.
In the imagination, Harlem will always be the spiritual capital of black excellence in America.
I’ve never really had a problem with the imagination level of an audience. They’re always smarter and savvier than any studio exec will give them credit for.
Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it’s a challenge to the moral imagination.
Because of my faith and my imagination, I was able to enjoy my childhood, even though it was tough.
It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?
The imagination is part of the arsenal that actors draw from.
I’ll tell you this: You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don’t, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that’s nowhere land.
Using my imagination and creativity is exciting to me.
There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one’s own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!
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?
Death is the tyrant of the imagination.
Imagination is but another name for super intelligence.
When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.
Sexiness is in what you cover, not what you show. When you are covered, you leave a lot to people’s imagination. People see the mystery in my eyes and find it sexy.
The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.
To have a great idea, have a lot of them.
Imagination is the wide-open eye which leads us always to see truth more vividly.
Were it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out.
My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams. I’ve always had a wild imagination, a big heart and a tortured soul so I feel that dark fantasy, love and horror are in my blood.
Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.
It may easily come to pass that a vain man may become proud and imagine himself pleasing to all when he is in reality a universal nuisance.
Obviously, as an actor, you have to embrace your imagination all the time, but when you’re doing one of these films, you have to embrace your most childlike imagination – a sense of wonder and uninhibited playfulness.
Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?
It’s just a way of trying to get to a third thing that’s not particular to any quote-unquote genre. It’s been great for me; it’s really opened me up and gotten me to use that part of my imagination. It’s very scary in a lot of ways, and just as exciting.
Paris presents one incessant round of amusement & dissipation but very little, I believe – even for its inhabitants of that society – which interests the heart. Every day, you may see something new, magnificent & beautiful; every night, you may see a spectacle which astonishes & enchants the imagination.
I never did very well in math – I could never seem to persuade the teacher that I hadn’t meant my answers literally.
I guess what I’ve learned is that there are no boundaries when it comes to imagination. It’s limitless.
Sooner or later you must move down an unknown road that leads beyond the range of the imagination, and the only certainty is that the trip has to be made.
To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.
I don’t know if Jim was a major part of that or not. He is one of a small group of real storytellers. He has enormous imagination and ability to write. I’m glad he’s coming back. It’s going to be good for the show.
I don’t like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it’s your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination.
Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.
Imagination only comes when you privilege the subconscious, when you make delay and procrastination work for you.
Being an actor in movies is a lot about the power of your imagination and making the circumstance real to you so the audience will feel that it’s real.
My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it.
I’ll confess right here that I secretly wish I’d have drawn a strip about a little boy with a fake tiger, going for adventures throughout the universe in spaceships of his imagination.
How can a doctor judge a woman’s sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination.
Reading a book, watching a movie, going to a play, it’s transporting, and very, very exciting. And to be a part of that, creating things with your imagination, whoa.
I had a very happy childhood, but I still used my imagination as a leisure resort.
In imagination, there’s no limitation.
Many memory techniques involve creating unforgettable imagery, in your mind’s eye. That’s an act of imagination. Creating really weird imagery really quickly was the most fun part of my training to compete in the U.S. Memory Competition.
Illustrations can be a big window: a looking glass into the author’s imagination.
An idea is salvation by imagination.
Personally, I would sooner have written Alice in Wonderland than the whole Encyclopedia Britannica.
Free imagination is the inestimable prerogative of youth and it must be cherished and guarded as a treasure.
Imagination rules the world.
Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
You have to come in and be that character when you walk into the room. That’s what one of my first acting teachers taught me. You know, don’t go in there being Jennifer and then expect to flip and change, because they’re not going to have that imagination.
There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination.
The human race is governed by its imagination.
I imagine, therefore I belong and am free.
The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
Ideas seem to come from everywhere – my life, everything I see, hear, and read, and most of all, from my imagination. I have a lot of imagination.
I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model.
If you don’t pay attention and if your imagination isn’t pretty much engaged, you’re going to miss things and you’re going to miss opportunities for it to be as compelling and as creepy as it can be.
Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.
We also maintain – again with perfect truth – that mystery is more than half of beauty, the element of strangeness that stirs the senses through the imagination.
If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.
The four cornerstones of character on which the structure of this nation was built are: Initiative, Imagination, Individuality and Independence.
I don’t need a fantasy life as once I did. That is the life of the imagination that I had a great need for. Films were the perfect means for satisfying that need.
To put up a show is to face life’s injustices with one of the few weapons available to a desperate and brave people, their imagination.
The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is ‘write what you know,’ and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, ‘You can write about anything you can imagine.’
Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.
You have to really stretch your imagination to infer what the intrinsic value of Bitcoin is. I haven’t been able to do it. Maybe somebody else can.
One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they’ve created these amazing churches.
Literature is a beautiful way of keeping the imagination alive, of visiting worlds you would never have time to in your day-to-day life. It keeps you abreast of a wider spectrum of human activities.
Preschool children are virtuosos of imagination.
It’s definitely true that there are a lot of the devices we used on ‘Star Trek,’ that came out the imagination of the writers, and the creators that are actually in the world today.
What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry.
The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, ‘Let us worship God.’ If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor.
I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop.
Suffering, it turns out, demands profound imagination. A new future has to be conjured up because the old future isn’t there anymore.
The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master.
A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache.
Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a cage.
Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare.
Think of the imagination as a giant stone from which we carve out new ideas. As we chip away, our new ideas become more polished and refined. But if you start by editing your imagination, you start with a tiny stone.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
Imagination needs to be fed.
I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening.
If they want to talk about aliens and anything like that… that’s part of the gift God gave us. That’s what makes life exciting. We’re pretty stuck, you know. What gives flight to our life is our imagination.
I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive.
My best investment is my imagination, because it has never failed to bring me my greatest returns!
I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.
All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides.
My imagination is a twisted place.
Imagination makes us aware of limitless possibilities. How many of us haven’t pondered the concept of infinity or imagined the possibility of time travel? In one of her poems, Emily Bronte likens imagination to a constant companion, but I prefer to think of it as a built-in entertainment system.
All of the Antilles, every island, is an effort of memory: every mind, every racial biography culminating in amnesia and fog. Pieces of sunlight through the fog and sudden rainbows, arcs-en-ciel. That is the effort, the labour of the Antillean imagination, rebuilding its gods from bamboo frames, phrase by phrase.
With the brush we merely tint, while the imagination alone produces colour.
I’m only interested in fiction that in some way or other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it.
My main point here is that if you are the child of God and God is a part of you, the in your imagination God suppose to look like you. And when you accept a picture of the deity assigned to you by another people, you become the spiritual prisoners of that other people.
The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination.
The human imagination… has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open.