Imagination Quotes

Carl Sagan

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

Carl Sagan
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The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom the emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause and stand wrapped in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.  

Albert Einstein

I shut my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gauguin

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


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

Orison Swett Marden

Science does not know its debt to imagination.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

You will become as small as your controlling desire; or as great as your dominant aspiration. 

James Allen

How delightful are the pleasures of the imagination! In those delectable moments, the whole world is ours; not a single creature resists us, we devastate the world, we repopulate it with new objects which, in turn, we immolate. The means to every crime is ours, and we employ them all, we multiply the horror a hundredfold.

Marquis de Sade

Anyone who can be replaced by a machine deserves to be.

Dennis Gunton

A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.


Edgar Allan Poe Quote - Those who dream by day are...

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.

Edgar Allan Poe

Make every thought, every fact, that comes into your mind pay you a profit. Make it work and produce for you. Think of things not as they are but as they might be. Don't merely dream -- but create.

Robert Collier

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

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?

Marquis de Sade

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. 

Henry David Thoreau

Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought.  

Albert Szent-Gyorgyi

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

John Keats

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

Pablo Picasso

To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is. He said, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

Richard Bach

The imagination is man's power over nature. 

Wallace Stevens

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein

The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.

Henry David Thoreau

We are told never to cross a bridge till we come to it, but this world is owned by men who have "crossed bridges" in their imagination far ahead of the crowd. 

Speakers Library

When patterns are broken, new worlds emerge.

Tuli Kupferberg

A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works.

William Morris

Imagination is the eye of the soul.

Joseph Joubert

Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring. 

Terri Guillemets

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world.

Blaise Pascal

What is now proved was only once imagined.

William Blake

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

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