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All prosperity begins in the mind and is dependent only on the full use of our creative imagination.
—  Ruth Ross
Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character.
The thirst for adventure is the vent which Destiny offers; a war, a crusade, a gold mine, a new country, speak to the imagination and offer swing and play to the confined powers.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books.
What is the imagination? Only an arm or weapon of the interior energy; only the precursor of the reason.
The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer.
This is an industry of ideas and imagination, and what we are selling is hope.
Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.
—  John Dewey
Ballet's image of perfection is fashioned amid a milieu of wracked bodies, fevered imaginations, Balkan intrigue and sulfurous hatreds where anything is likely, and dancers know it.
Without this playing with fantasy no creative work has ever yet come to birth. The debt we to play of imagination is incalculable.
That day she put our heads together, Fate had her imagination about her, Your head so much concerned with outer, Mine with inner, weather.
The first of our senses which we should take care never to let rust through disuse is that sixth sense, the imagination. I mean the wide-open eye which leads us to see truth more vividly, to apprehend more broadly, to concern ourselves more deeply, to be, all our life long, sensitive and awake to the powers and responsibilities given to us as human beings.
Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.
The only limit to your garden is at the boundaries of your imagination.
Imagination has always had powers of resurrection that no science can match.
LIBERTY, n. One of Imagination's most precious possessions.
Does the imagination dwell the most Upon a woman won or a woman lost?
Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common-sense.
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.
A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing.
I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.
IMAGINATION, n. A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership.
Imagination is a powerful agent for creating, as it were, a second nature out of the material supplied to it by actual nature.
The imagination and the senses cannot be gratified at the same time.
Any book about gardens, written for the pleasure of writing, must have its sources in dreams. The visions of gardens beautiful and retired hover before the imagination, and no real garden, however humble, but is invested in celestial light of cherished hopes of what it may become in fragrant flowers or what it might have been had fortune been kind.
The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt.
First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.
ROMANCE, n. Fiction that owes no allegiance to the God of Things as They Are. In the novel the writer's thought is tethered to probability, but in romance it ranges at will over the entire region of the imagination.
As great scientists have said and as all children know, it is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception, and compassion, and hope.
The great successful men of the world have used their imaginations, they think ahead and create their mental picture, and then go to work materializing that picture in all its details, filling in here, adding a little there, altering this a bit and that bit, but steadily building, steadily building.
You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination.
As a rule, indeed, grown-up people are fairly correct on matters of fact; it is in the higher gift of imagination that they are so sadly to seek.
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun.
Gardeners instinctively know that flowers and plants are a continuum and that the wheel of garden history will always be coming full circle. One lifetime is never enough to accomplish one's horticultural goals. If a garden is a site for the imagination, how can we be very far from the beginning?
Evil comes to all us men of imagination wearing as its mask all the virtues.
Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do. Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom. I am not, as will be seen, in any sense attacking logic: I only say that this danger does lie in logic, not in imagination.
A university is not, primarily, a place in which to learn how to make a living; it is a place in which to learn how to be more fully a human being, how to draw upon one's resources, how to discipline the mind and expand the imagination; how to make some sense out of the big world we will shortly be thrown into.
To keep the Golden Rule we must put ourselves in other people's places, but to do that consists in and depends upon picturing ourselves in their places. If we had the imagination to do that there would be fewer families estranged by misunderstanding between the older and the younger generations, fewer bitter judgments would pass our lips, fewer racial, national and class prejudices would stain our lives.
The faculty of imagination is both the rudder and the bridle of the senses.
A person's life is dyed with the color of his imagination.
The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination.
Do not talk to me of Archimedes' lever. He was an absent-minded person with a mathematical imagination. Mathematics commands my respect, but I have no use for engines. Give me the right word and the right accent and I will move the world.
Mathematics is often erroneously referred to as the science of common sense. Actually, it may transcend common sense and go beyond either imagination or intuition. It has become a very strange and perhaps frightening subject from the ordinary point of view, but anyone who penetrates into it will find a veritable fairyland, a fairyland which is strange, but makes sense, if not common sense.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless
But what we strive to gratify, though we may call it a distant hope, is an immediate desire; the future estate for which men drudge up city alleys exists already in their imagination and love.
However intense my experience, I am conscious of the presence and criticism of a part of me, which, as it were, is not a part of me, but a spectator, sharing no experience, but taking note of it, and that is no more I than it is you. When the lay, it may be the tragedy, of life is over, the spectator goes his way. It was a kind of fiction, a work of the imagination only, so far as he was concerned.
Men of great parts are often unfortunate in the management of public business because they are apt to go out of the common road by the quickness of their imagination.
But where only a free play of our presentational powers is to be sustained as in the case of pleasure gardens, room decoration, all sorts of useful utensils, and so on, any regularity that has an air of constraint is to be avoided as much as possible. That is why the English taste in gardens, or the baroque taste in furniture, carries the imagination's freedom very far, even to the verge of the grotesque, because it is precisely this divorce from any constraint of a rule that the case is posited where taste can show its greatest perfection in designs made by the imagination.
The imagination is literally the workshop wherein are fashioned all plans created by man.
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
I would warn you that I do not attribute to nature either beauty or deformity, order or confusion. Only in relation to our imagination can things be called beautiful or ugly, well-ordered or confused.
My temptation is quiet. Here at life's end Neither loose imagination Nor the mill of the mind Consuming its rag and bone, Can make the truth known.
Happiness is not an ideal of reason but of imagination.
The great instrument of moral good is the imagination.
It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
Philosophy becomes poetry, and science imagination, in the enthusiasm of genius.
The mathematician is entirely free, within the limits of his imagination, to construct what worlds he pleases. What he is to imagine is a matter for his own caprice; he is not thereby discovering the fundamental principles of the universe nor becoming acquainted with the ideas of God. If he can find, in experience, sets of entities which obey the same logical scheme as his mathematical entities, then he has applied his mathematics to the external world; he has created a branch of science.
This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts.
The Art of Success ... Success is ninety-nine percent mental attitude. It calls for love, joy, optimism, confidence, serenity, poise, faith, courage, cheerfulness, imagination, initiative, tolerance, honesty, humility, patience, and enthusiasm ... Success is having the courage to meet failure without being defeated. It is refusing to let present loss interfere with your long-range goal ... Success is relative and individual and personal. It is your answer to the problem of making your minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years add up to a great life.
Must then a Christ perish in torment in every age to save those that have no imagination.
The mere formulation of a problem is far more essential than its solution, which may be merely a matter of mathematical or experimental skills. To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle requires creative imagination and marks real advances in science.
Having imagination, it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that, if you were unimaginative, would take you only a minute. Or you might not write the paragraph at all.
The teacher's task is not to implant facts but to place the subject to be learned in front of the learner and, through sympathy, emotion, imagination and patience, to awaken in the learner the restless drive for answers and insights which enlarge the personal life and give it meaning.
Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.
If your imagination leads you to understand how quickly people grant your requests when those requests appeal to their self-interest, you can have practically anything you go after.
The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.
RICE-WATER, n. A mystic beverage secretly used by our most popular novelists and poets to regulate the imagination and narcotize the conscience.
To refine, to clarify, to intensify that eternal moment in which we alone live there is but a single force the imagination.
I like to have a thing suggested rather than told in full. When every detail is given, the mind rests satisfied, and the imagination loses the desire to use its own wings.
His imagination resembled the wings of an ostrich. It enabled him to run, though not to soar.
We live by our imagination, our admirations, and our sentiments.
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.
It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.
An expert problem solver must be endowed with two incompatible qualities, a restless imagination and a patient pertinacity.
We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.
In his enthusiasm, the evangelist often finds it difficult seriously to imagine that anyone could be called not to be an evangelist. The man of vision and imagination finds it difficult to see the value of those who do no more than plod on faithfully along a well-tried road. The man whose concern is in personal dealing with people and leading them to understand God better finds it difficult to be patient with the theologian or the Christian philosopher whose work is in the quiet of a book-lined study. Yet the truth is that the wholeness which God is working to achieve is never complete in an individual, but through individuals living together as one body, each supplying the deficiencies of the others.
To worship is to quicken the conscience by the holiness of God, to purge the imagination by the beauty of God, to open the heart to the love of God, and to devote the will to the purpose of God.
Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination.
Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art.
The man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed.
—  Henry Ford
When temptation knocks, imagination usually answers.
We live in an age in which the imagination of the novelist is helpless against what he knows he is going to read in tomorrow's newspaper.
Half the interest of a garden is the constant exercise of the imagination. You are always living three, or indeed six, months hence. I believe that people entirely devoid of imagination never can be really good gardeners. To be content with the present, and not striving about the future, is fatal.
It is all very well to copy what one sees, but it is far better to draw what one now only sees in one's memory. That is a transformation in which imagination collaborates with memory.
What man has done to man in the former Yugoslavia strains even the most agile imagination.
Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination.
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
But who can paint Like nature? Can imagination boast, Amid its gay creation, hues like hers?
The constructs of the mathematical mind are at the same time free and necessary. The individual mathematician feels free to define his notions and set up his axioms as he pleases. But the question is will he get his fellow mathematician interested in the constructs of his imagination. We cannot help the feeling that certain mathematical structures which have evolved through the combined efforts of the mathematical community bear the stamp of a necessity not affected by the accidents of their historical birth. Everybody who looks at the spectacle of modern algebra will be struck by this complementarity of freedom and necessity.
The Possible's slow fuse is lit By the Imagination.
SPOOKER, n. A writer whose imagination concerns itself with supernatural phenomena, especially in the doings of spooks.
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination.
[Hilbert] once had a student in mathematics who stopped coming to his lectures, and [he] was finally told the young man had gone off to become a poet. Hilbert is reported to have remarked: 'I never thought he had enough imagination to be a mathematician.'

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