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Thomas EdisonTo invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

—  Thomas Edison, 1847-1934, American inventor

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Wallace StevensGod and the imagination are one.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Wallace StevensIn the presence of extraordinary actuality, consciousness takes the place of imagination.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Jean BaudrillardFiction is not imagination. It is what anticipates imagination by giving it the form of reality.

—  Jean Baudrillard, 1929-2007, French intellectual

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Albert EinsteinImagination is more important than knowledge.

—  Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German-Jewish physicist

Pablo PicassoEverything you can imagine is real.

—  Pablo Picasso, 1881-1973, Spanish painter

Immanuel KantHappiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.

—  Immanuel Kant, 1724-1804, German philosopher

H.L. MenckenLove is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Mark TwainYou cannot depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.

—  Mark Twain, 1835-1910, American writer

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

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Samuel JohnsonWere it not for imagination a man would be as happy in arms of a chambermaid as of a duchess.

—  Samuel Johnson, 1709-1784, English writer

William BlakeEverything to be imagined is an image of truth.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

William BlakeOne Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision.

—  William Blake, 1757-1827, English poet & painter

Samuel Taylor ColeridgeWorks of imagination should be written in very plain language; the more purely imaginative they are the more necessary it is to be plain.

—  Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1772-1834, English poet & philosopher

John KeatsHeard melodies are sweet, but those unheard, are sweeter.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

Francis BaconImagination 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, 1561-1626, English philosopher

Jean Jacques RousseauThe world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

—  Jean Jacques Rousseau, 1712-1778, Swiss-French philosopher

Carl SaganImagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.

—  Carl Sagan, 1934-1996, American astronomer

Marcel ProustLet us leave pretty women to men with no imagination.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Walt DisneyDisneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.

—  Walt Disney, 1901-1966, American businessman & cartoonist

John KeatsMy imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.

—  John Keats, 1795-1821, English poet

Arthur ClarkeWhen you finally understand the universe, it will not only be stranger than you imagine, it will be stranger than you can imagine.

—  Arthur Clarke, 1917-2008, British Sci-Fi writer


Quotes in Verse

Wallace StevensThe imagination is man's power over nature.

—  Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, American poet

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Funny Quotes

Karl KrausA woman is, occasionally, quite a serviceable substitute for masturbation. It takes an abundance of imagination, to be sure.

—  Karl Kraus, 1874-1936, Austrian writer










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