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Imagination Quotes:

I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real.

Sean Parker

I’ve never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination.

Garry Trudeau

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.

Kate Atkinson

We are incapable of leaving anything to the imagination and loath to leave anything out. Maniacal thoroughness has become our national verbal ideal.

Florence King

Reality is how we interpret it. Imagination and volition play a part in that interpretation. Which means that all reality is to some extent a fiction.

Yann Martel

This is not a family of privilege by any stretch of the imagination. Our family is very low key.

Maya Soetoro-Ng

I still find it quite easy to find my way into a child’s imagination. We’re all Peter Pan ourselves in some respects. Everybody should keep some grip on childhood, even as a grownup.

Tim Curry

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.

James Van Der Beek

I think growing up on a farm in a certain amount of isolation, with not a lot of friends nearby, makes you entertain yourself and kind of grows your imagination – being alone is quite good for all that. You make up stories, talk to the animals, let them be an audience, a bunch of cows.

Kristen Schaal

The more women sit down and write something in a woman’s voice for a woman, they more you’ll see women in comedy because gender doesn’t define sense of humor. Imagination and intelligence and perspective do.

Kristen Schaal

I did not go to any creative writing workshop; I did not major in literature. If I can write, anyone can write. All it needs is imagination.

Vikas Swarup

I think there’s this idea that the depth of an actor’s performance is built on tough times or horrible events or isolation, but I never found that. I figured that my imagination coupled with the story can get me anywhere.

Milo Ventimiglia

Only in your imagination can you revise.

Fay Wray

My birth mom has certainly not lived a life of means in any stretch of the imagination, nor does she want to.

Patrick Murphy

The costume that I wear on the show is a little snug and doesn’t leave a whole lot to the imagination. I don’t have a problem with it because of the way this character’s been written.

Jeri Ryan

I think the thing that I really wanna bring is that I have a full world of music and imagination and ideas that I want to create as an artist, and that’s my main thing that I want to do.

Cam

Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists – with it all things are possible.

Ida Tarbell

There’s a lot of imagination in Asia, and I believe that the next Google will come from there, and the next Pixar. I believe that the great new media companies will come out of Asia and surpass the big media conglomerates that exist right now in the West.

Shekhar Kapur

Jehovah God is truly rich far beyond the imagination of humankind.

Joseph Franklin Rutherford

I have always been fascinated by paleontology and prehistoric people, and I’ve always thought that one of the most intriguing moments in human history was the birth of artistic imagination. I always loved those cave paintings.

Kathryn Lasky

When you talk about fantasy, the usual problem is that whilst you’ve got the world of imagination, there are no controlling forces.

Raymond E. Feist

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.

Terry Brooks

Well, I think that as a country, we’ve drifted away from appreciating the importance of imagination.

Terry Brooks

We forget that what matters begins with the imagination.

Terry Brooks

I want to kick-start your imagination and let you discover the places it can take you.

TERRY BROOKS

I want to see my kids grow up in a world that I grew up in, which was it had imagination and it had hope. And all of a sudden, I see that being dissolved, and I see, as a country, as a people, we are a republic. We are a democracy.

Craig T. Nelson

I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.

Walt Disney

Great ideas originate in the muscles.

Thomas A. Edison

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

Carl Sagan

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

Edgar Allan Poe

You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.

Robin Williams

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

Dr. Seuss

I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells.

Dr. Seuss

To have a great idea, have a lot of them.

Thomas A. Edison

I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.

Michelangelo

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Stephen Covey

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination.

Immanuel Kant

Browsing for books with a mouse and screen is not nearly as joyful an act as wandering the stacks and getting lost in the labyrinthine corridors of knowledge. The best libraries are places of imagination, education and community. The best libraries have mystery to them.

Sam Weller

With any hallucinations, if you can do functional brain imagery while they’re going on, you will find that the parts of the brain usually involved in seeing or hearing – in perception – have become super active by themselves. And this is an autonomous activity; this does not happen with imagination.

Oliver Sacks

The imagination of our children is blunted on television, and their thinking is done for them.

Stanley R. Jaffe

For most of human history, there was a ruling class and then there was everybody else. If you were part of everybody else, it wasn’t your job to imagine a different future, different ways of doing things. So, imagination is a fairly modern phenomenon.

Jay S. Walker

Most organizations do not value imagination, do not encourage it, do not reward it. In many cases, they don’t even think about it. But if you’re not thinking about imagination, I guarantee you’re not going to have meaningful innovation.

Jay S. Walker

If you’re a doctor, what do you promise to do? First, do no harm. If your operating philosophy is do no harm, that’s not a call to imagination. Not only that, if I’m a patient, I don’t want your imagination. I want what works.

Jay S. Walker

All of imagination – everything that we think, we feel, we sense – comes through the human brain. And once we create new patterns in this brain, once we shape the brain in a new way, it never returns to its original shape.

Jay S. Walker

I don’t actually like explaining the meanings of my songs, because I think people can take away more from it if they use their imagination.

Reeve Carney

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination.

Ishmael Reed

Woman is the sun, an extraordinary creature, one that makes the imagination gallop.

Marcello Mastroianni

You are indebted to you imagination for three-fourths of your importance.

David Garrick

Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination.

Sofia Kovalevskaya

One can live in the shadow of an idea without grasping it.

Elizabeth Bowen

You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

Mark Twain

I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation and is but a reflection of human frailty.

Albert Einstein

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.

Albert Einstein

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.

William Shakespeare

Doubt is the father of invention.

Ambrose Bierce

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali

I wash my hands of those who imagine chattering to be knowledge, silence to be ignorance, and affection to be art.

Khalil Gibran

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.

H. L. Mencken

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

Imagination rules the world.

Napoleon Bonaparte

He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face – forever.

George Orwell

In many a piece of music, it’s the pause or the rest that gives the piece its beauty and its shape. And I know I, as a writer, will often try to include a lot of empty space on the page so that the reader can complete my thoughts and sentences and so that her imagination has room to breathe.

Pico Iyer

Austerity hasn’t just decimated our public services. It has corroded the political imagination.

Ash Sarkar

The idea of the NHS took root in the political imagination less as an example of social entitlement’s victory over private provision, and more as the embodiment of brand Britain.

Ash Sarkar

I admired Stephen Daldry very much; I think he’s a brilliant director, and also, I feel close to him because he has a lot of theater behind him. He’s also a man of great imagination and a lovely sense of humor.

Max von Sydow

There are casting directors with lots of imagination, but also some with not as much imagination.

Max von Sydow

Mr. Bergman had a great imagination and saw the possibilities within every one of his actors, and he gave us great challenges. It was very inspiring.

Max von Sydow

I had a good imagination and I still have one; a child-like imagination that hasn’t gone away.

Laura Linney

You are always drawing from your personal life and using your imagination to fill in the blanks.

Diego Klattenhoff

Storybooks were always a big part of my imagination, and my childhood and adolescence.

Jesse Williams

I have a very strong imagination and have since I was a little kid. That is where a lot of my world comes from. It’s like I’m off somewhere else. And I can have a problem in life because of that, because I’m always off in some other world thinking about something else. It’s constant.

James Gunn

I’m focused on the work. And now I’ve done ‘Morris’ and ‘Mr. Robot,’ my appetite is whet to go deeper. It’s fun, and it’s challenging, and it stretches me. I’m not saying I’m done with comedy by any stretch of the imagination. I’m saying, yeah, let’s see how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Craig Robinson

I think it was really important for me before I ‘debuted myself’ in front of the world to have a private life with my imagination and my writing for several years. That also made it so I didn’t feel desperate for someone to find me.

Jenny Zhang

Syria may appear to be a small country, but it is just the type of entangled conflict that can lead to a world catastrophe. It does not take much imagination to see Syria as the Sarajevo of the 21st century, leading to world war.

Ahmed Zewail

There’s this long history of colonialism and the colonial gaze when applied to matters related to China. So a lot of conceptions about China in literary representations in the West are things you can’t even fight against because they’ve been there so long that they’ve become part of the Western imagination of China.

Ken Liu

‘Castle’ is a guy living in a fantasy world. He’s in his imagination, writing these stories of murder.

Nathan Fillion

I think my printing to this day looks like the printing right out of a comic book. Actually, I always wanted to be in a comic book. I watched cartoons when I was a kid, too, and both comics and cartoons lit fire in my imagination. This realm holds a lot of interest for me, a lot of passion for me. So to be comic-ized, yeah, that’s cool.

Nathan Fillion

I love a match like Money in the Bank; I love a hardcore match, and that’s what the Money in the Bank ladder matches are. Throw the rule book out and let out your imagination.

Rob Van Dam

You always need that spark of imagination. Sometimes I’m midway through a book before it happens. However, I don’t wait for the muse to descend, I sit down every day and I work when I’m not delivering lambs on the farm.

Barbara Kingsolver

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That’s not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination.

Anna Deavere Smith

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.

James Buchan

Good movies beget other good movies. So when a movie captures the imagination and hearts of people around the world, it’s going to have a positive influence on similar genres getting made.

Marc Platt

With any kind of sci-fi, the imagination continues, and the world exists, and you create that in your own mind, and it lives in you.

Scott Bakula

I don’t mind if what they write about me has some truth in it. Pure imagination makes me feel sad about the whole thing.

Shaheer Sheikh

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.

Anatole France

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

W. Somerset Maugham

I accept that there may be things far grander and more incomprehensible than we can possibly imagine.

Richard Dawkins

New ideas pass through three periods: 1) It can’t be done. 2) It probably can be done, but it’s not worth doing. 3) I knew it was a good idea all along!

Arthur C. Clarke

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.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.

John Burroughs

Imagine what a harmonious world it could be if every single person, both young and old shared a little of what he is good at doing.

Quincy Jones

Ideas control the world.

James A. Garfield

All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers.

Orison Swett Marden

Genius is an African who dreams up snow.

Vladimir Nabokov

You can’t do it unless you can imagine it.

George Lucas

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.

Sylvia Plath

One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.

Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

Simone Weil

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

Paul Gauguin

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

True originality consists not in a new manner but in a new vision.

Edith Wharton

Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything Godlike about God it is that. He dared to imagine everything.

Henry Miller

I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.

Jorge Luis Borges

Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blue print, and begin to build.

Robert Collier

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

You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams that we can’t even imagine dreaming. You have done more for the collective unconscious of this planet than you will ever know.

Steven Spielberg

Nobody is bored when he is trying to make something that is beautiful, or to discover something that is true.

William Inge

The imagination is man’s power over nature.

Wallace Stevens

We imagine that we want to escape our selfish and commonplace existence, but we cling desperately to our chains.

Anne Sullivan

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.

James Russell Lowell

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.

Epictetus

I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them.

Pablo Picasso

Everything you can imagine is real.

Pablo Picasso

What is now proved was once only imagined.

William Blake

When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.

Walt Disney

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

Thomas A. Edison

Every block of stone has a statue inside it and it is the task of the sculptor to discover it.

Michelangelo

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.

Francis Bacon

A man may imagine things that are false, but he can only understand things that are true, for if the things be false, the apprehension of them is not understanding.

Isaac Newton

The world is governed by very different personages from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes.

Benjamin Disraeli

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

If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.

William Arthur Ward

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind.

William Butler Yeats

Some stories are true that never happened.

Elie Wiesel

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose.

Brian Tracy

An idea is salvation by imagination.

Frank Lloyd Wright

What we wish, we readily believe, and what we ourselves think, we imagine others think also.

Julius Caesar

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.

Baruch Spinoza

There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

Those who do not want to imitate anything, produce nothing.

Salvador Dali

To bring anything into your life, imagine that it’s already there.

Richard Bach

I imagine that yes is the only living thing.

e. e. cummings

The saddest thing I can imagine is to get used to luxury.

Charlie Chaplin

The courage to imagine the otherwise is our greatest resource, adding color and suspense to all our life.

Daniel J. Boorstin

Vision is the true creative rhythm.

Robert Delaunay

Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.

Duane Michals

I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.

Duane Michals

To accomplish great things we must first dream, then visualize, then plan… believe… act!

Alfred A. Montapert

I used to lie in bed in my flat and imagine what would happen if there was a zombie attack.

Simon Pegg

A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.

Frank Capra

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.

Gilbert Parker

The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.

Alexander Chase

I do not ‘get’ ideas; ideas get me.

Robertson Davies

I visualize things in my mind before I have to do them. It’s like having a mental workshop.

Jack Youngblood

I can imagine few things more trying to the patience than the long wasted days of waiting.

Robert Falcon Scott

Abstraction is one of the greatest visionary tools ever invented by human beings to imagine, decipher, and depict the world.

Jerry Saltz

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.

Jessamyn West

Bring ideas in and entertain them royally, for one of them may be the king.

Mark Van Doren

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

Make sure you visualize what you really want, not what someone else wants for you.

Jerry Gillies

The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.

Alfred Whitney Griswold

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

What we imagine is order is merely the prevailing form of chaos.

Kerry Thornley

I am better able to imagine hell than heaven; it is my inheritance, I suppose.

Elinor Wylie

Girls are capable of doing everything men are capable of doing. Sometimes they have more imagination than men.

Katherine Johnson

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake?

Leonardo da Vinci

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.

Albert Einstein

Once you’ve got a child to the point that they’ve discovered books, they’re safe. There’s a world of the imagination that when they’re hurt or upset, they can move into, and it is wonderful.

John Rhys-Davies

As little boys, my brother and I used to spend hours with my grandmother, asking her about the details of how she came to America. She could only give us a smattering of details, but they all found their way into our collective imagination, eventually becoming a part of our own cultural identity and connection to the past.

Bryce Dessner

Politicians have become extraordinarily conservative, but our times require imagination and bold action.

Ashraf Ghani

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

George Orwell

What is Imagination?

Imagination is the ability in the mind to produce and simulate novel objects, peoples, and ideas without any immediate senses input.

This is also defined as the development of experiences in one’s mind, which can be re-creations of past experiences such as vivid memories with imagined changes, or they can be completely created and probably spectacular scenes.

Imagination helps to make knowledge relevant to problem solving and is central to the integration of experience and the learning process.

A basic imagination training is the listening to storytelling (narrative), in which the precision of the words chosen is the fundamental element in “evoking worlds.”

Imagination is a cognitive mechanism that is used in mental development and sometimes used in combination with clinical imaging. As such it’s called that it requires thinking about possibilities.

To psychology the cognate concept of mental imagery may be used to describe the process of reviving objects previously provided to sense perception in the mind recollections.

Since this use of the term conflicts with that of ordinary language, some psychologists preferred to describe this process as “imaging” or “imagery” or to speak of it as “reproductive,” as opposed to “productive” or “constructive” imagination.

Constructive imagination is further divided into active imagination powered by the prefrontal cortex ( PFC) and spontaneous PFC-independent imagination including REM-sleep dreaming, daydreaming, hallucinations and spontaneous insight.

The active forms of creativity include modificator incorporation, and mental rotation. Imaginated images, both novel and reminiscent, are seen with the eye of the mind.

Nevertheless, imagination is not considered to be solely a cognitive activity since it is also linked to the body and place, particularly because it also involves forming relationships with materials and people, beyond the sense that imagination is locked into the brain.

Stories such as fairy tales or fantasies may also convey imagination. Kids also take advantage of these myths and pretend to play to exercise their imagination.

As children create fantasy they play on two levels: first, they use role-playing to act out what they have created through their imagination, and second, by behaving as though what they have created were an actual fact, they play again with their make-believe scenario.