“To quote”

All sorts of people have said all sorts of things about imagination. Here’s a collection of a few favorite quotes about imagination that inspire and a couple that make me laugh (saved for the end) all shared in one place.

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life’s coming attractions.
Albert Einstein

Over the years I have discovered that ideas come through an intense desire for them; continually desiring, the mind becomes a watchtower on the look-out for incidents that may excite the imagination – music, a sunset, may give image to an idea.
Charlie Chaplin (Pictured, Master at Play)

Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and relevetory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.
JK Rowling

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein again

There is a boundary to men’s passions when they act from feelings but none when they are under the influence of imagination.
Edmund Burke

There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of the imagination.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a Green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all Ridicule and Deformity… and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the Man of Imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
William Blake

The man who has no imagination has no wings.
Muhammad Ali

It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, and gives birth to imagination.
Henry David Thoreau

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
Albert Einstein

Live out of your imagination, not your history.
Stephen R. Covey

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

An idea is salvation by imagination.
Frank Lloyd Wright

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the Heart’s affections and the truth of the Imagination.
John Keats

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

Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create.
Maria Montessori

I think the willfully unimaginative see more monsters, they are often more afraid. What is more, those who choose not to empathize enable real monsters. For without ever committing an act of outright evil ourselves, we collude through our own apathy.
JK Rowling

Everything you can imagine is real.
Pablo Picasso

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

And as if to prove the point…

Imagination is intelligence with an erection.
Victor Hugo

um, I don’t feel it would be very proper to leave us there, so…

Imagination is the only power of redemption in the universe.
Neville Goddard

We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have the power to imagine better.
JK Rowling

Any you particularly love? Any other favorites to add in to the pot?


8 thoughts on ““To quote”

    • Welcome. Ali says such wonderful things doesn’t he! We were lucky to be in his presence this year at Beyond Sport, which was so incredibly moving. Lonnie Ali, his wife, played a video that included his statement: “The greatest suprise, the greatest wonder is to be found in one’s heart.” Love this.

  1. Thanks for putting this lot together. I love Frank’s “An idea is salvation by imagination” but my favourite isn’t here and I can’t find it. Supposed to be by Einstein, it was about walking – for the imagination, if not for the exercise.

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