Imagination Quotes

Humans have come such a long way in such a brief time that our imaginations are irretrievably mired in the past

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Humans have come such a long way in such a brief time that our imaginations are irretrievably mired in the past. Perhaps, as seems to be the case with many American neoconservatives, they are trapped on the western frontier or in the last great war. For others they reside in a now obsolete national…

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The power of imagination makes us infinite

Monday, August 8th, 2011

How infinitely superior to our physical senses are those of the mind! The spiritual eye sees not only rivers of water but of air. It sees the crystals of the rock in rapid sympathetic motion, giving enthusiastic obedience to the sun’s rays, then sinking back to rest…

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

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I pricked up my ears, then, and held my breath, for this was the sort of thing I had been waiting for. This sound thickened, and approached—from toward the north. Presently, I heard it at my own level—the ridge-top of the opposite embankment, a hundred feet or more away. Then I seemed to see a row of black dots appear along that ridge—human heads? I couldn’t tell; it mightn’t be anything at all…

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The ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic

Friday, March 19th, 2010
face in shadow

The analytical power should not be confounded with simple ingenuity; for while the analyst-is necessarily ingenious, the ingenious man is often remarkably incapable of analysis. The constructive or combining…

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For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life… to fulfil it in its true potential – the imagination.

Saturday, February 27th, 2010
pointing at you

Otherwise why should we hurt one another? No, the remission I am seeking, and will be granted perhaps, is not one I shall ever see in the bright friendly eyes of Melissa or the sombre brow-dark gaze of Justine. We have all of us…

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To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
magical fairy woods

Nothing exists except that which is imagined. I am imaginary. That is what it is to exist, I should think! I am dreamed of, and I appear. Everything is only dream; and as nobody ever dreams about you, Sylvestre Bonnard, it is YOU who do not exist. I charm…

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If we are to invoke the moral imagination, we must incite and excite the artist within us

Friday, November 6th, 2009
mathematical curves

If the moral imagination lies within us as a dormant seed of potential, and this seed holds the key to breaking cycles of destructive conflict, then our challenge is how to invoke the growth of this kind of imagination as an integral part of developing innovative professionals. Much of…

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The imagination of nature is far, far greater than the imagination of man.

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

This universe has been described by many, but it just goes on, with its edge as unknown as the bottom of the bottomless sea of the other idea – just as mysterious, just as awe-inspiring, and just as incomplete as the poetic…

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God is only a great imaginative experience.

Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
yellow mum

And sometimes it seems as if the experience of the living heavens, with a living yet not human sun, and brilliant living stars in live space must have been the most magnificent of all experiences, greater than any Jehovah or Baal, Buddha or Jesus. It may seem an absurdity to talk of live space. But is it? While we are warm and well and…

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