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IMAGINATION
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[ Also see Apparitions Castles in the Air Creativity Dreams Facts Fairies Fancy Fiction Mythology Poetry Poets Prophecy (Prophesy) Reverie Romance Speculation Spirit Spirits Thought Visions Wishes Wonder ]

. . . his master was in a manner always in a wrong Boxe and building castels in the ayre or catching Hares with Tabers.
      - Unattributed Author,
        Letter by F.A. to L.B.,
        reproduced in "Miscell. Antiq. Anglic"

The sound and proper exercise of the imagination may be made to contribute to the cultivation of all that is virtuous and estimable in the human character.
      - John Abercrombie

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.
      - Aesop

Imagination is the mightiest despot.
      - Berthold Auerbach

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.
      - Lauren Bacall

Imagination I understand to be the representation of an individual thought. Imagination is of three kinds: joined with belief of that which is to come; joined with memory of that which is past; and of things present.
      - Francis Bacon

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
      - Francis Bacon

Imagination is the air of mind.
      - Philip James Bailey, Festus
         (sc. Another and a Better World)

The imagination is the secret and harrow of civilization. It is the very eye of faith.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match.
      - Ingrid Bengis

A ray of imagination or of wisdom may enlighten the universe, and glow into remotest centuries.
      - Bishop George Berkeley

The imagination acquires by custom a certain involuntary, unconscious power of observation and comparison, correcting its own mistakes, and arriving at precision of judgment, just as the outward eye is disciplined to compare, adjust, estimate, measure, the objects reflected on the back of its retina. The imagination is but the faculty of glassing images; and it is with exceeding difficulty, and by the imperative will of the reasoning faculty resolved to mislead it, that it glasses images which have no prototype in truth and nature.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Build castles in the air.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sec. II, memb. 1, subsect. 3)

Fancy can save or kill; it hath clos'd up
  Wounds when the balsam could not, and without
    The aid of salves:--to think hath been a cure.
      For witchcraft then, that's all done by the force
        Of mere imagination.
      - William Cartwright

Imagination equals nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.
      - Cyril Connolly

Imagining is in itself the very height and life of poetry, which, by a kind of enthusiasm or extraordinary emotion of the soul, makes it seem to us that we behold those things which the poet paints.
      - John Dryden

The incurable ills are the imaginary ills.
      - Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
      - Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge.
      - Albert Einstein, in "On Science"

In that way imagination and intelligence enter into our existence in the part of servants of the primary instincts.
      - Albert Einstein

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

The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
      - Albert Einstein

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science.
      - Albert Einstein

When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come close to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.
      - Albert Einstein


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