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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 ]

This is the very coinage of your brain.
  This bodiless creation ecstasy
    Is very cunning in.
      - William Shakespeare,
        Hamlet Prince of Denmark
         (Gertrude, Queen of Denmark at III, iv)

This is a gift that I have, simple, simple; a foolish extravagant spirit, full of forms, figures, shapes, objects, ideas, apprehensions, motions, revolutions. These are begot in the ventricle of memory, nourished in the womb of pia mater, and delivered upon the mellowing of occasion. But the gift is good in those in whom it is acute, and I am thankful for it.
      - William Shakespeare, Love's Labor's Lost
         (Holofernes at IV, ii)

Look what thy soul holds dear, imagine it
  To lie that way thou goest, not whence thou com'st.
    Suppose the singing birds musicians,
      The grass whereon thou tread'st the presence strewed,
        The flowers fair ladies, and thy steps no more
          Than a delight measure or a dance;
            For gnarling sorrow hath less power to bite
              The man that mocks at it and sets it light.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Second
         (Gaunt at I, iii)

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire; you will what you imagine; and at last you create what you will.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley

A vile imagination, once indulged, gets the key of our minds, and can get in again very easily, whether we will or no, and can so return as to bring seven other spirits with it more wicked than itself; and what may follow no one knows.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon

The imagination never dies.
      - Edmund Clarence Stedman

An uncommon degree of imagination constitutes poetical genius.
      - Mrs. Dugald Stewart

Castles in Spain.
      - Anthony Morris Storer, Peter the Cruel
         (p. 280)

Imagination is not thought, neither is fancy reflection; thought paceth like a hoary sage, but imagination hath wings as an eagle.
      - Martin Farquhar Tupper

Anything one man can imagine, other men can make real.
      - Jules Verne

Whatever one man is capable of conceiving, other men will be able to achieve.
      - Jules Verne

It is only in France that one builds castles in Spain.
      - Mme. de Villars,
        when made dame d'honneur to the wife of Philip V of Spain, grandson of Louis XIV of France

I build nought els but castles in the ayre.
      - Thomas Watson (1), Poems (p. 82),
        (Arber's reprint)

But thou, that did'st appear so fair
  To fond imagination,
    Dost rival in the light of day
      Her delicate creation.
      - William Wordsworth, Yarrow Visited


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