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What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
      - John Keats (1)

Women have much more heart and much more imagination than men; hence, fancy often allures them.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

Imagination, where it is truly creative, is a faculty, and not a quality; it looks before and after, it gives the form that makes all the parts work together harmoniously toward a given end, its seat is in the higher reason, and it is efficient only as a servant of the will. Imagination, as it is too often misunderstood, is mere fantasy, the image-making power, common to all who have the gift of dreams.
      - James Russell Lowell

When I could not sleep for cold
  I had fire enough in my brain,
    And builded with roofs of gold
      My beautiful castles in Spain!
      - James Russell Lowell, Aladdin (st. 1)

His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay, On John Dryden

I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.
      - Mary McCarthy

Imagination rules the world.
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

The human race is governed by its imagination.
  [Fr., C'est l'imagination qui gouverne le genre humain.]
      - Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleon I)

Imagination without culture is crippled and moves slowly; but it can be pure imagination, and rich also, as folk-lore will tell the vainest.
      - Ouida (pseudonym of Marie Louise de la Ramee)

Imagination decides everything.
      - Blaise Pascal

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

I'm up to my neck in the real world, every day. Just you try doing your VAT return with a head full of goblins.
      - Terry Prachett, in the "Sunday Times"

Often it is just lack of imagination that keeps a man from suffering very much.
      - Marcel Proust

Thou hast the keys of Paradise, O just, subtle, and mighty opium!
      - Thomas De Quincey ("The Opium Eater"),
        Confessions of an Opium Eater

The imagination equips us to perceive reality when it is not fully materialized.
      - Mary Caroline Richards

Men speak from knowledge, women from imagination.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The world of reality has its limits, the world of imagination is boundless.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

The woman who appeals to a man's vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him.
      - Helen Rowland

Hearing voices no one else can hear isn't a good sign, even in the wizard world.
      - J.K. (Joanne Kathleen) Rowling

Imagination is that faculty which arouses the passions by the impression of exterior objects; it is influenced by these objects, and consequently it is in affinity with them; it is contagious; its fear or courage flies from imagination to imagination; the same in love, hate, joy, or grief; hence I conclude it to be a most subtle atmosphere.
      - John Russell (1)

And as imagination bodies forth
  The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
    Turns them to shape and gives to airy nothing
      A local habitation and a name.
        Such tricks has strong imagination
          That if he would but apprehend some joy,
            It comprehends some bringer of that joy;
              Or in the night imagining some fear,
                How easy is a bush supposed a bear?
      - William Shakespeare

He waxes desperate with imagination.
      - William Shakespeare

The best in this kind are but shadows; and the worst are no worse, if imagination amend them.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at V, i)

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet
  Are of imagination all compact.
    One sees more devils than vast hell can hold;
      That is the madman. The lover, all as frantic,
        Sees Helen's beauty in a brow of Egypt.
          The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,
            Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven;
              And as imagination bodies forth
                The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen
                  Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing
                    A local habitation and a name.
      - William Shakespeare,
        A Midsummer Night's Dream
         (Theseus at V, i)

In my mind's eye, Horatio.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Hamlet at I, ii)

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