Quotes for
the Journey:

Imagination



  
Imagination is more
important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein

   creativity

Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant reality; they are also dress rehearsals, plans.  All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination.        -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
   
Imagination has the creative task of making symbols, joining things together in such a way that they throw new light on each other and on everything around them.  The imagination is a discovering faculty, a faculty for seeing relationships, for seeing meanings that are special and even quite new.        -Thomas Merton
   

All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only upon the full use of our creative imagination.        -Ruth Ross

   
The faculty of imagination is the great spring of human activity, and the principal source of human improvement.  Destroy this faculty, and the condition of people will become as stationary as that of brutes.       -Dugald Stewart
   
The opportunities of people are limited only by their imagination.  But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.        -Charles F. Kettering
    
The highest and best work of imagination is the marvelous transformation that it works in character.  Imagine that you are one with the principal of good, and you will become truly good.       -Charles Fillmore
   
True imagination is not fanciful daydreaming; it is fire from heaven.      -Ernest Holmes

   

Imagination has brought humankind through the dark ages to its present state of civilization.  Imagination led Columbus to discover America.  Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity.  Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities.  So I believe that dreams--daydreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing--are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.  The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to invent, and therefore to foster, civilization.        -L. Frank Baum

   

The person who has no imagination has no wings.        -Muhammad Ali

    

You can't depend on your judgment when your imagination is out of focus.        -Mark Twain

     

I believe in the imagination.  What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see.       -Duane Michals

   

Once you know with abundant certainty that nothing can trouble you but your own imagination, you come to disregard your desires and fears, concepts and ideas, and live by truth alone.        -Nisargadatta

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

Imagination is our ability to see inwardly and picture there that which has not yet appeared outwardly.  Imagination is God's gift to us.        -Donald Curtis

    

Imagination offers people consolation for what they cannot be, and humor for what they actually are.      -Albert Camus

   

The mind, without imagination, would be as useless as an observatory without a telescope.         -Fred van Amburgh

   

Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground--not a flying carpet to set you free from probability.        -Robertson Davies

   

Imagination is the first step in creation whether in words or trifles.  The mental pattern must always precede the material form.       -William W. Atkinson

    

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

   

The world is but a canvas to our imaginations.        -Henry David Thoreau

    

Imagination is the true magic carpet.       -Norman Vincent Peale

    
Imagination is a flame that ignites the creative spirit.  Imagination lights up your mind by stoking mental fires.  It can be stimulated from the outside through the senses, or from the inside through the driving power of curiosity and discontent.

Imagination stimulates your thinking power by giving your mind abundant data with which to work.  It opens the gate to dreams and fantasies so that you may become receptive, as a little child, in exploring the Kingdom of Ideas.

Imagination guides you in your contacts with individuals and crowds, so you can discover new concepts and approaches.

Imagination inspires you to look at everything with fresh eyes, as though you had just come forth from a dark tunnel into the light of day.  Imagination becomes for you a magic lamp with which to search the darkness of the unknown, that you may discover new goals or chart more productive paths to old goals.

Imagination helps you to recognize the reality of facts, but then to go beyond them, to penetrate beneath them, to rise above them in your search for creative answers to problems.  Imagination "stirs up the gift of God in thee."  Through your imagination you touch and express the inspiration of the Infinite.  Imagination, in the words of Shakespeare, "gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."  You reach into the heavens to grasp an idea, then you bring it down to earth and make it work.

Wilferd A. Peterson

   

   
The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes.     -Henry David Thoreau, The Writings of Henry David Thoreau
  
We do not need magic to change the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better.     -J.K. Rowling
  
Our imagination is the most important faculty we possess.  It can be our greatest resource or our most formidable adversary.  It is through our imagination that we discern possibilities and options.  Yet imagination is no mere blank slate on which we simply inscribe our will.  Rather, imagination is the deepest voice of the soul and can be heard clearly only through cultivation and careful attention.  A relationship with our imagination is a relationship with our deepest self.     -Pat B. Allen, Art Is a Way of Knowing
  
The wonder of imagination is this:  It has the power to light its own fire.     -John L. Mason, You're Born an Original
  
The highest exercise of imagination is not to devise what has no existence, but rather to perceive what really exists, though unseen by the outward eye--not creation, but insight.     -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Table-Talk
  
Humans consist of body, mind and imagination.  Our bodies are faulty, our minds untrustworthy, but our imagination has made us remarkable.     -John Masefield
  
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, it is more powerful in the mature than in the young.     -Somerset Maugham
  
Our griefs, as well as our joys, owe their strongest colors to our imaginations.  There is nothing so grievous to be borne that pondering upon it will not make it heavier; and there is no pleasure so vivid that the animation of fancy cannot liven it.     -Jane Porter
  
Without this playing with fantasy, no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we owe to the play of the imagination is incalculable.     -Carl Jung
  
The facts can never be understood except in communion with the imagination.     -Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach
   
  
The faculty of imagination is the great spring of human activity, and the principal source of human improvement.  Destroy this faculty, and the condition of people will become as stationary as that of brutes.     -Dugald Stewart
   
Imagination is an almost divine faculty which, without recourse to any philosophical method, immediately perceives everything: the secret and intimate connections between things, correspondences and analogies.     -Charles Baudelaire, New Notes on E. Poe
   
Imagination begins when it' s raining too hard to go out and play and you become really absorbed in something you would never have thought of doing had the sun come out as usual.  In which case, thank God for the rain.     -Joan Chittister
  
The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen.  What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility.     -Leland Kaiser
  
The only faculty by which we can bring the invisible near, is the imagination. Beyond that which the eye sees, beyond that which the ear hears, is a great region in which life is freer and more transcendently glorious than this. The imagination in us finds its field in trying to grasp that great fact.     -Reuen Thomas, Thoughts for the Thoughtful
  

  
We are what we imagine.  Our very existence consists in our imagination of ourselves.  The greatest tragedy that can befall us is to go unimagined.     -N. Scott Momaday
  
There are no mistakes and it's never boring on the edge of imagination, which is only pure spirit having a bit of fun.     -Hugh Romney
  
Imagination was given to us to compensate us for what we are not; a sense of humor to console us for what we are.    -Francis Bacon
  

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