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To give reason for fancy were to weigh the fire, and measure the wind.
      - John Lyly (Lylie or Lyllie)

She's all my fancy painted her,
  She's lovely, she's divine.
      - William Mee, Alice Gray

Mine eyes he closed, but open left the cell of Fancy, my immortal sight.
      - John Milton

Fancy is a fairy, that can hear
  Ever, the melody of nature's voice,
    And see all lovely visions that she will.
      - Frances Sargent Osgood

Fancy tortures more people than does reality.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

That queen, of error, whom we call fancy and opinion, is the more deceitful because she does not always deceive. She would be the infallible rule of truth if she were the infallible rule of falsehood; but being only most frequently in error, she gives no evidence of her real quality, for she marks with the same character both that which is true and that which is false.
      - Blaise Pascal

When at the close of each sad, sorrowing day,
  Fancy restores what vengeance snatch'd away.
      - Alexander Pope, Eloisa to Abelard (l. 225)

The difference is as great between
  The optics seeing as the objects seen.
    All manners take a tincture from our own;
      Or come discolor'd through out passions shown;
        Or fancy's beam enlarges, multiplies,
          Contracts, inverts, and gives ten thousand dyes.
      - Alexander Pope, Moral Essays
         (ep. I, l. 31)

Fancy rules over two thirds of the universe, the past and the future, while reality is confined to the present.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

The devious paths where wanton fancy leads.
      - Nicholas Rowe

Fancy borrows much from memory, and so looks back to the past.
      - Giovanni Ruffini

False fancy brings real misery.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

Woe to the youth whom Fancy gains,
  Winning from Reason's hand the reins,
    Pity and woe! for such a mind
      Is soft contemplative, and kind.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rokeby (canto I, st. 31)

All impediments in fancy's course are motives of more fancy.
      - William Shakespeare

If ever (as that ever may be near) you meet in some fresh cheek the power of fancy, then shall you know the wounds invisible that love's keen, arrows make.
      - William Shakespeare

In maiden meditation, fancy free.
      - William Shakespeare

Our fancies are more giddy and unfirm, more longing, wavering, sooner lost and won, than women's are.
      - William Shakespeare

Pacing through the forest,
  Chewing the cud of sweet and bitter fancy.
      - William Shakespeare

When last the young Orlando parted from you,
  He left a promise to return again
    Within a hour; and pacing through the forest,
      Chewing the food of sweet and bitter fancy,
        Lo, what befell!
      - William Shakespeare, As You Like It
         (Oliver at IV, iii)

Tell me where is fancy bred,
  Or in the heart, or in the head?
    How begot, how nourished?
      Reply, reply.
        It is engend'red in the eyes,
          With gazing fed, and fancy dies
            In the cradle where it lies.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice (Song at III, ii)

So full of shapes is fancy
  That it alone is high fantastical.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Orsino, Duke of Illyria at I, i)

Let fancy still in my sense in Lethe steep;
  If it be thus to dream, still let me sleep!
      - William Shakespeare,
        Twelfth Night, or, What You Will
         (Sebastian at IV, i)

Who does not know the bent of woman's fancy?
      - Edmund Spenser

Every fancy that we would substitute for a reality is, if we saw aright, and saw the whole, not only false, but every way less beautiful and excellent than that which we sacrifice to it.
      - John Sterling

When my way is too rough for my feet, or too steep for my strength, I get off it to some smooth velvet path which fancy has scattered over with rosebuds of delights; and, having taken a few turns in it, come back strengthened and refreshed.
      - Laurence Sterne

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