Imagination

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination.

A man who has no imagination has no wings.

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

Apathy can be overcome by enthusiasm, and enthusiasm can only be aroused by two things: first, an ideal, which takes the imagination by storm, and second, a definite intelligible plan for carrying that ideal into practice.

Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; and a sense of humor was provided to console him for what he is.

Worry is the misuse of imagination.

[The Bible] Its object is not to convince the reason, but to attract and lay hold of the imagination.

That youthful fervor, which is sometimes called enthusiasm, but which is a heat of imagination subsequently discovered to be inconsistent with the experience of actual life.

Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.

Man is born to believe, and if no church comes forward with all the title deeds of truths... he will find alters and idols in his own heart and his own imagination.

We are not indebted to the Reason of man for any of the great achievements which are the landmarks of human action and human progress… Man is only truly great when he acts from the passions; never irresistible but when he appeals to the imagination.

From childhood upwards, everything is done to make the minds of men and women conventional and sterile. And if, by misadventure, some spark of imagination remains, its unfortunate possessor is considered unsound and dangerous, worthy only of contempt in time of peace and of prison or a traitor’s death in time of war.

If life is to be fully human it must serve some end which seems, in some sense, outside human life, some end which is impersonal and above mankind, such as God or truth or beauty. Those who promote life do not have life for their purpose. They aim rather at what seems like a gradual incarnation, a bringing into our human existence of something eternal, something that appears to imagination to live in a heaven remote from strife and failure and the devouring jaws of Time.

Losses are comparative, imagination only makes them of any moment.

Imagination cannot makes fools wise; but she can make them happy, to the envy of reason, who can only make her friends miserable.

Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.

Our imagination so magnifies this present existence, by the power of continual reflection on it, and so attenuates eternity, by not thinking of it at all, that we reduce an eternity; to nothingness, and expand a mere nothing to an eternity; and this habit is so inveterately rooted in us that all the force of reason cannot induce us to lay it aside.

What but this faculty of imagination dispenses reputation, awards respect and veneration to persons, works, laws, and the great? How insufficient are all the riches of the earth without her consent!

Imagination decides everything.

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative.