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We are all of us imaginative in some form or other; for images are the brood of desire.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross)

But what is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There comes a period of the imagination to each--a later youth--the power of beauty, the power of looks, of poetry.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Things are pretty, graceful, rich, elegant, handsome, but until they speak to the imagination, not yet beautiful.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Imagine for yourself a character, a model personality, whose example you determine to follow, in private as well as in public.
      - Epictetus

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
      - Jacques Anatole I. France (Jacques Anatole Thibault)

In her the imagination and fancy have such lively play, that the homeliest principles assume forms of beauty. In intellectual pursuits she is destined to excel by her fine sensibilities, her nice observations, and exquisite tastes, while man is appointed to investigate the laws of abstruse sciences, and perform in literature and art the bolder flights of genius.
      - Justin Dewey Fulton, The True Woman

And castels buylt above in lofty skies,
  Which never yet had good foundation.
      - George Gascoigne, Steel Glass (p. 55),
        (Arber's reprint)

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
      - Pierre Jules Theophile Gautier

There is nothing more fearful than imagination without taste.
  [Ger., Es ist nichts furchterlicher als Einbildungskraft ohne Geschmack.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
        Spruche in Prosa (III)

Men as yet need some help to their imagination. There remains still room for a little illusion. It is better for men, it is better for women, that each somewhat idealize the other. Much is lost when life has lost its atmosphere, and is reduced to naked fact.
      - Gail Hamilton (pseudonym of Mary Abigail Dodge)

Keep the imagination sane--that is one of the truest conditions of communion with heaven.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne

The imagination is of so delicate a texture that even words wound it.
      - William Hazlitt (1)

To build castles in Spain.
      - George Herbert, Jacula Prudentum

Such is the power of imagination, that even a chimerical pleasure in expectation affects us more than a solid pleasure in possession.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

Seem'd washing his hand with invisible soap
  In imperceptible water.
      - Thomas Hood,
        Miss Kilmansegg--Her Christening

He paints a dolphin in the woods, a boar in the waves.
  [Lat., Delphinum sylvis appingit, fluctibus aprum.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus),
        Ars Poetica (XXX)

Imagination is the organ through which the soul within us recognizes a soul without us; the spiritual eye by which the mind perceives and converses with the spiritualities of nature under her material forms; which tends to exalt even the senses into soul by discerning a soul in the objects of sense.
      - Henry Norman Hudson

It is the divine attribute of the imagination, that it is irrepressible, unconfinable; that when the real world is shut out, it can create a world for itself, and with a necromantic power can conjure up glorious shapes and forms, and brilliant visions to make solitude populous, and irradiate the gloom of a dungeon.
      - Washington Irving

Scarcely any degree of judgment is sufficient to restrain the imagination from magnifying that on which it is long detained.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Were it not for imagination, sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet.
  [Fr., Celui qui a de l'imagination sans erudition a des ailes, et n'a pas de pieds.]
      - Joseph Joubert

Imagination is the eye of the soul.
      - Joseph Joubert

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet.
      - Joseph Joubert

These are the gloomy comparisons of a disturbed imagination; the melancholy madness of poetry, without the inspiration.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Letter No. VII--To Sir W. Draper

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