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FANCY
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In the loss of an object we do not proportion our grief to the real value it bears, but to the value our fancies set upon it.
      - Joseph Addison

A fretful fancy is constantly flinging its possessor into gratuitous tophets.
      - William R. Alger

Some things are of that nature as to make
  One's fancy chuckle, while his heart doth ache.
      - John Bunyan, Pilgrim's Progress
         (pt. II, l. 126),
        The Author's Way of Sending Forth his Second Part of the Pilgrim

Fancy has an extensive influence in morals. Some of the most powerful and dangerous feelings in nature, as those of ambition and envy, derive their principal nourishment from a cause apparently so trivial. Its effect on the common affairs of life is greater than might be supposed. Naked reality would scarcely keep the world in motion.
      - William Benton Clulow

Fancy, like the finger of a clock,
  Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.
      - William Cowper

While fancy, like the finger of a clock,
  Runs the great circuit, and is still at home.
      - William Cowper, Task (bk. IV, l. 118)

A confused mass of thoughts, tumbling over one another in the dark; when the fancy was yet in its first work, moving the sleeping images of things towards the light, there to be distinguished and then either chosen or rejected by the judgment.
      - John Dryden

Do not let fancy outrun your means.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Every fancy you consult, consult your purse.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Fancy runs most furiously when a guilty conscience drives it.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Most marvellous and enviable is that fecundity of fancy which can adorn whatever it touches, which can invest naked fact and dry reasoning with unlooked-for beauty, make flowerets bloom even on the brow of the precipice, and, when nothing better can be had, can turn the very substance of rock itself into moss and lichens. This faculty is incomparably the most important for the vivid and attractive exhibition of truth to the minds of men.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Nothing is so atrocious as fancy without taste.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fancy restrained may be compared to a fountain, which plays highest by diminishing the aperture.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

Bright-eyed fancy, hovering o'er,
  Scatters from her pictured urn,
    Thoughts, that breathe, and words that burn.
      - Thomas Gray

Fancy brings us as many vain hopes as idle fears.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

The mere reality of life would be inconceivably poor without the charm of fancy, which brings in its bosom, no doubt, as many vain fears as idle hopes, but lends much oftener to the illusions it calls up a gay flattering hue than one which inspires terror.
      - Wilhelm von Humboldt

Fancy, an animal faculty, is very different from imagination, which is intellectual. The former is passive; but the latter is active and creative. Children, the weak minded, and the timid are full of fancy. Men and women of intellect, of great intellect, are alone possessed of great imagination.
      - Joseph Joubert

Ever let the Fancy roam,
  Pleasure never is at home.
      - John Keats (1)

The truant Fancy was a wanderer ever.
      - Charles Lamb (used pseudonym Elia),
        Fancy employed on Divine Subjects (I, 1)

Fancy is imagination in her youth and adolescence. Fancy is always excursive; imagination, not seldom, is sedate.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Fancy sets the value on the gifts of fortune.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

It is the fancy, not the reason of things, that makes us so uneasy. It is not the place, nor the condition, but the mind alone, that can make anybody happy or miserable.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

'Tis not necessity, but opinion, that makes men miserable; and when we come to be fancy-sick, there's no cure.
      - Sir Roger L'Estrange

Sentiment is intellectualized emotion, emotion precipitated, as it were, in pretty crystals by the fancy.
      - James Russell Lowell,
        Among My Books--Rousseau and the Sentimentalists

Two meanings have our lightest fantasies,
  One of the flesh, and of the spirit one.
      - James Russell Lowell, Sonnet XXXIV


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