Best Quotes About Imagination

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary. -David Bailey

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

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

I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel. -Peter Nivio Zarlenga

Solitude is as needful to the imagination as society is wholesome for the character. -James Russell Lowell

I must confess that my imagination refuses to see any sort of submarine doing anything but suffocating its crew and floundering at sea. -H. G. Wells

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

You may be sure that the Americans will commit all the stupidities they can think of, plus some that are beyond imagination. -Charles de Gaulle

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

Cowardice… is almost always simply a lack of ability to suspend functioning of the imagination. -Ernest Hemingway

Faith is spiritualized imagination. -Henry Ward Beecher

Happiness is not an ideal of reason, but of imagination. -Immanuel Kant

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. -Jessamyn West

I doubt that the imagination can be suppressed. If you truly eradicated it in a child, he would grow up to be an eggplant. -Ursula K. Le Guin

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

Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination. -Voltaire

There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. -Josh Billings

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. -John Lennon

Few people have the imagination for reality. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Science does not know its debt to imagination. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. -John Dewey

Life is not so bad if you have plenty of luck, a good physique, and not too much imagination. -Christopher Isherwood

Panic is a sudden desertion of us, and a going over to the enemy of our imagination. -Christian Nestell Bovee

We are more often frightened than hurt; and we suffer more from imagination than from reality. -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -Sylvia Plath

I have a huge, active imagination, and I think I'm really scared of being alone; because if I'm left to my own devices, I'll just turn into a madwoman. -Claire Danes

Appealing workplaces are to be avoided. One wants a room with no view, so imagination can meet memory in the dark. -Annie Dillard

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. -Albert Einstein

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. -C. S. Lewis

Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. -Plato

It's a great excuse and luxury, having a job and blaming it for your inability to do your own art. When you don't have to work, you are left with the horror of facing your own lack of imagination and your own emptiness. A devastating possibility when finally time is your own. -Julian Schnabel

This world is but a canvas to our imagination. -Henry David Thoreau

Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence. -H. L. Mencken

An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination, it becomes my life, and it stays part of my life long after I've left the opera house. -Maria Callas

For me, insanity is super sanity. The normal is psychotic. Normal means lack of imagination, lack of creativity. -Jean Dubuffet

A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination. -Ada Louise Huxtable

Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together. -Jacques Maritain

The really great writers are people like Emily Bronte who sit in a room and write out of their limited experience and unlimited imagination. -James A. Michener

A discerning eye needs only a hint, and understatement leaves the imagination free to build its own elaborations. -Russell Page

The delicate thing about the university is that it has a mixed character, that it is suspended between its position in the eternal world, with all its corruption and evils and cruelties, and the splendid world of our imagination. -Richard Hofstadter

He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. -Joseph Joubert

This is one of those cases in which the imagination is baffled by the facts. -Adam Smith

Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Aptitude found in the understanding and is often inherited. Genius coming from reason and imagination, rarely. -Marcus Aurelius

What distinguishes a great artist from a weak one is first their sensibility and tenderness; second, their imagination, and third, their industry. -Salman Rushdie

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. -Gloria Steinem

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

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

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. -Thomas A. Edison

It is above all by the imagination that we achieve perception and compassion and hope. -Ursula K. Le Guin

The debt we owe to the play of imagination is incalculable. -Carl Jung

An idea is salvation by imagination. -Frank Lloyd Wright

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination. -Arthur Wing Pinero

To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science. -Albert Einstein

The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact. -William Shakespeare

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

Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed. -Joseph Addison

America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand. -Harry S Truman

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

Having imagination it takes you an hour to write a paragraph that if you were unimaginative would take you only a minute. -Franklin Pierce Adams

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. -Baruch Spinoza

I paint what cannot be photographed, that which comes from the imagination or from dreams, or from an unconscious drive. -Man Ray

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. -Thomas Bailey Aldrich

It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive. -Henry David Thoreau

The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are. -Samuel Johnson

Why does the eye see a thing more clearly in dreams than the imagination when awake? -Leonardo da Vinci

Man lives by imagination. -Havelock Ellis

There is no better way of exercising the imagination than the study of law. No poet ever interpreted nature as freely as a lawyer interprets the truth. -Jean Giraudoux

Every human has four endowments – self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change. -Stephen Covey

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. -Nadine Gordimer

The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates. -Oscar Wilde

When one paints an ideal, one does not need to limit one's imagination. -Ellen Key

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections, and the truth of imagination. -John Keats

My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world, and exiles me from it. -Ursula K. Le Guin

To regard the imagination as metaphysics is to think of it as part of life, and to think of it as part of life is to realize the extent of artifice. We live in the mind. -Wallace Stevens

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

Only in men's imagination does every truth find an effective and undeniable existence. Imagination, not invention, is the supreme master of art as of life. -Joseph Conrad

A man at work, making something which he feels will exist because he is working at it and wills it, is exercising the energies of his mind and soul as well as of his body. Memory and imagination help him as he works. -William Morris

There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do. -Anais Nin

One who has imagination without learning has wings without feet. -Joseph Joubert

Kindness and intelligence don't always deliver us from the pitfalls and traps: there are always failures of love, of will, of imagination. There is no way to take the danger out of human relationships. -Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Uttering a word is like striking a note on the keyboard of the imagination. -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. -Philip Roth

Falling in love consists merely in uncorking the imagination and bottling the common sense. -Helen Rowland

Here is everything which can lay hold of the eye, ear and imagination – everything which can charm and bewitch the simple and ignorant. I wonder how Luther ever broke the spell. -John Adams

The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. -Albert Einstein

It is often said that men are ruled by their imaginations; but it would be truer to say they are governed by the weakness of their imaginations. -Walter Bagehot

We are all afraid for our confidence, for the future, for the world. That is the nature of the human imagination. Yet every man, every civilization, has gone forward because of its engagement with what it has set itself to do. -Jacob Bronowski

Literary imagination is an aesthetic object offered by a writer to a lover of books. -Gaston Bachelard

The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. -Henry Ward Beecher

The human imagination… has great difficulty in living strictly within the confines of a materialist practice or philosophy. It dreams, like a dog in its basket, of hares in the open. -John Berger

The human race is governed by its imagination. -Napoleon Bonaparte

You will recognize your own path when you come upon it, because you will suddenly have all the energy and imagination you will ever need. -Jerry Gillies

Do not quench your inspiration and your imagination; do not become the slave of your model. -Vincent Van Gogh

I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death. -Robert Fulghum

Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future. -Charles Kettering

If the reporter has killed our imagination with his truth, he threatens our life with his lies. -Karl Kraus

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk. -John Keats

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth. -Napoleon Hill

Fear of error which everything recalls to me at every moment of the flight of my ideas, this mania for control, makes men prefer reason's imagination to the imagination of the senses. And yet it is always the imagination alone which is at work. -Louis Aragon

By going over your day in imagination before you begin it, you can begin acting successfully at any moment. -Dorothea Brande

To think the world therefore a general Bedlam, or place of madmen, and oneself a physician, is the most necessary point of present wisdom: an important imagination, and the way to happiness. -Thomas Traherne

Where there is no imagination there is no horror. -Arthur Conan Doyle

We are the miracle of force and matter making itself over into imagination and will. Incredible. The Life Force experimenting with forms. You for one. Me for another. The Universe has shouted itself alive. We are one of the shouts. -Ray Bradbury

The imagination is man's power over nature. -Wallace Stevens

Never lose sight of the fact that all human felicity lies in man's imagination, and that he cannot think to attain it unless he heeds all his caprices. The most fortunate of persons is he who has the most means to satisfy his vagaries. -Marquis de Sade

The imagination is the spur of delights… all depends upon it, it is the mainspring of everything; now, is it not by means of the imagination one knows joy? Is it not of the imagination that the sharpest pleasures arise? -Marquis de Sade

The great instrument of moral good is the imagination. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Works 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

A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Talent, lying in the understanding, is often inherited; genius, being the action of reason or imagination, rarely or never. -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The imaginations which people have of one another are the solid facts of society. -Charles Horton Cooley

Knowledge is a polite word for dead but not buried imagination. -e. e. cummings

To have frequent recourse to narrative betrays great want of imagination. -Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield

People can die of mere imagination. -Geoffrey Chaucer

The face of nature and civilization in this our country is to a certain point a very sufficient literary field. But it will yield its secrets only to a really grasping imagination. To write well and worthily of American things one need even more than elsewhere to be a master. -Henry James

All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. -Carl Jung

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

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

For imagination sets the goal picture which our automatic mechanism works on. We act, or fail to act, not because of will, as is so commonly believed, but because of imagination. -Maxwell Maltz

Our thoughts and imagination are the only real limits to our possibilities. -Orison Swett Marden

Politics is the enemy of the imagination. -Ian Mcewan

The travel writer seeks the world we have lost – the lost valleys of the imagination. -Alexander Cockburn

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination. -George Jean Nathan

Nature uses human imagination to lift her work of creation to even higher levels. -Luigi Pirandello

Out with stereotypes, feminism proclaims. But stereotypes are the west's stunning sexual personae, the vehicles of art's assault against nature. The moment there is imagination, there is myth. -Camille Paglia

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? -Cesare Pavese

The nose of a mob is its imagination. By this, at any time, it can be quietly led. -Edgar Allan Poe

Neither a lofty degree of intelligence nor imagination nor both together go to the making of genius. Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius. -Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The English language is nobody's special property. It is the property of the imagination: it is the property of the language itself. -Derek Walcott

Television contracts the imagination and radio expands it. -Terry Wogan

My country has contrived for me the most insignificant office that ever the invention of man contrived or his imagination conceived. -John Adams

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination. -Sam Levenson

There is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels for someone, for someone, pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echos. -Milan Kundera

Skill without imagination is craftsmanship and gives us many useful objects such as wickerwork picnic baskets. Imagination without skill gives us modern art. -Tom Stoppard

We cast away priceless time in dreams, born of imagination, fed upon illusion, and put to death by reality. -Judy Garland

When the imagination and will power are in conflict, are antagonistic, it is always the imagination which wins, without any exception. -Emile Coue

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

Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture… Do not build up obstacles in your imagination. -Norman Vincent Peale

The opportunities of man are limited only by his imagination. But so few have imagination that there are ten thousand fiddlers to one composer. -Charles Kettering

For us artists there waits the joyous compromise through art with all that wounded or defeated us in daily life; in this way, not to evade destiny, as the ordinary people try to do, but to fulfil it in its true potential – the imagination. -Lawrence Durrell

Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether. -Luis Bunuel

Censorship is never over for those who have experienced it. It is a brand on the imagination that affects the individual who has suffered it, forever. -Noam Chomsky

Our democracy, our constitutional framework is really a kind of software for harnessing the creativity and political imagination for all of our people. The American democratic system was an early political version of Napster. -Al Gore

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning. -Brad Henry

The realities of the world seldom measure up to the sublime designs of human imagination. -Bryant H. McGill

The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment. -Tony Robbins

I think reading is important for a variety of things. I mean, first of all, it's a way to get information and find out what's going on in the world. But also, it helps your imagination. -Breckin Meyer

I've got research, I have my own life experience I can apply, and I have my imagination. -Chris Cooper

Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination. -Daniel Bell

I think my imagination dictates the technologies I use. But at the same time, my imagination can be technologic. Sometimes I see a tool and I know immediately how to use it, but most of the time I use the tool for an idea I already have. -Michel Gondry

You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn't exist. -Azar Nafisi

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It's also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older. -Chris Van Allsburg

My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias. -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

On the one hand, the guns were there to help capture the imagination of the people. But more important, since we knew that you couldn't observe the police without guns, we took our guns with us to let the police know that we have an equalizer. -Bobby Seale

Life is possible only by the deficiencies of our imagination and memory. -Emil Cioran

Everybody in their own imagination decides what scary is. -Yvonne Craig

An art aims, above all, at producing something beautiful which affects not our feelings but the organ of pure contemplation, our imagination. -Eduard Hanslick

Grant that the true organ with which the beautiful is apprehended is the imagination, and it follows that all arts are likely to affect the feelings indirectly. -Eduard Hanslick

There are no great limits to growth because there are no limits of human intelligence, imagination, and wonder. -Ronald Reagan

There must be room for the imagination to exercise its powers; we must conceive and apprehend a thousand things which we do not actually witness. -William Godwin

Many who have had an opportunity of knowing any more about mathematics confuse it with arithmetic, and consider it an arid science. In reality, however, it is a science which requires a great amount of imagination. -Sofia Kovalevskaya

Enthusiasm is that temper of the mind in which the imagination has got the better of the judgment. -William Warburton

The capacity you're thinking of is imagination; without it there can be no understanding, indeed no fiction. -William Trevor

It is the work of fancy to enlarge, but of judgment to shorten and contract; and therefore this must be as far above the other as judgment is a greater and nobler faculty than fancy or imagination. -Robert South

Poetry is that art which selects and arranges the symbols of thought in such a manner as to excite the imagination the most powerfully and delightfully. -William Cullen Bryant

When you believe in what you're doing and use your imagination and initiative, you can make a difference. -Samuel Dash

Anyone who said he wasn't afraid during the civil rights movement was either a liar or without imagination. I was scared all the time. My hands didn't shake but inside I was shaking. -James L. Farmer, Jr.

My imagination completely controls me, and forever feeds the fire that burns with dark red light in my heart by bringing me the best dreams. I've always had a wild imagination, a big heart and a tortured soul so I feel that dark fantasy, love and horror are in my blood. -Kim Elizabeth

My imagination is my polestar; I steer by that. -Clive Barker

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? -Francis Cabot Lowell

Even the highest forms of sacrificial worship present much that is repulsive to modern ideas, and in particular it requires an effort to reconcile our imagination to the bloody ritual which is prominent in almost every religion which has a strong sense of sin. -William Robertson Smith

I don't think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it. -Keith Haring

You expect far too much of a first sentence. Think of it as analogous to a good country breakfast: what we want is something simple, but nourishing to the imagination. -Larry McMurtry

You know, working as an actor, I'm always working within my own imagination. -Charles Keating

You will obtain a vision of matter that is perhaps fatiguing for your imagination, but pure and stripped of what the requirements of life make you add to it in external perception. -Henri Bergson

Death is the tyrant of the imagination. -Bryan Procter

I let the audience use their imaginations. Can I help it if they misconstrue my suggestions? -Ernst Lubitsch

Anyone who lives within his means suffers from a lack of imagination. -Lionel Stander

All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination. -Wislawa Szymborska

My main point here is that if you are the child of God and God is a part of you, the in your imagination God suppose to look like you. And when you accept a picture of the deity assigned to you by another people, you become the spiritual prisoners of that other people. -John Henrik Clarke

The worlds I paint leave a lot to engage the imagination by hinting at what lies beyond the four edges of the painting. I think getting beyond the four edges of an opportunity or challenge is one of the basic skills you need in business. -Thomas Kinkade

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read in books or seen on TV or to make money. I wrote from an idea I was passionate about. -Dirk Benedict

The initial motivation of the experiment which led to this discovery was a subconscious feeling for the inexhaustible wealth of nature, a wealth that goes far beyond the imagination of man. -Bruno Rossi

Lyrically I like to use themes that make the listener use his or her imagination, and to give a little of the lessons I've learned in my own life. -Ronnie James Dio

People know that they're going to see something which is entertaining but challenging as well because of the form it's in. It's dance theatre and it requires you to use your imagination – it's not straight forward. -Matthew Bourne

To put down an ideogram of a table so that people will recognize it as a table is not the work of a painter, but to sense it for a moment as a magic carpet with a leg hanging down at each corner is the beginning of a painter's imagination. -Frank Auerbach

When you are young your imagination is so clear. -Nina Blackwood

I have a very vivid imagination. -Janice Dickinson

Many Nobel Prizes are awaiting good research to understand and explain the many mysteries of our bodies, such as the basic mechanism of memory or imagination. -John Cameron

It was like there was a pile of kindling that was in the back of my imagination just waiting there. Once I lit it, it just flared up and I kept getting ideas and ideas. -Kevin J. Anderson

The human mind evolved always in the company of the human body, and of the animal body before it was human. The intricate connections of mind and body must exceed our imagination, as from our point of view we are peculiarly prevented from observing them. -John Desmond Bernal

If they want to talk about aliens and anything like that… that's part of the gift God gave us. That's what makes life exciting. We're pretty stuck, you know. What gives flight to our life is our imagination. -Michael Moriarty

His imagination conceived and bore – worlds; but nothing in these worlds became alive until he discovered its true and living name. The name was the breath of life; and, sooner or later, he invariably found it. -Algernon Blackwood

I always wanted to ride a dragon myself, so I decided to do this for a year in my imagination. -Cornelia Funke

True change takes place in the imagination. -Unknown

If there is a book that the script came from you have to read it, you have to see what you can get out of it: mood, back story and things that may not even be in the film. They kick off your imagination and broaden the character, I think. -Miranda Otto

I have deliberately left Sylvester and Julia's appearances to the reader's imagination. -Mary Wesley

We have to instill in them the skills they need to succeed at a young age and open up their imaginations to the very real opportunities they can be afforded if they put their minds to it. -Michael N. Castle

While F.D.R. once told Americans that we have nothing to fear but fear itself, Mr. Ashcroft is delighted to play the part of Fear Itself, an assignment in which he lets his imagination run riot. -Frank Rich

My books are elegiac in the sense that they're odes to a nation that even I sometimes think may not exist anymore except in my memory and my imagination. -Richard Russo

People can't just listen to the music and have their own imagination and take them where they wanna go. -Ann Wilson

George has only got to ring me. His imagination is so wonderful, I'd do any character he might create. -Peter Mayhew

I'm only interested in fiction that in some way or other voices the very imagination which is conceiving it. -John C. Hawkes

If you got a good imagination, a lot of confidence and you kind of know what you are saying, then you might be able to do it. I know a lot of colorful characters at home that would make great actors. -Jason Statham

Although I do not have a family, I have eyes, ears and imagination, and know, as most people know, that the importance of one's children is paramount. -Lara St. John

If you don't pay attention and if your imagination isn't pretty much engaged, you're going to miss things and you're going to miss opportunities for it to be as compelling and as creepy as it can be. -Bruce Greenwood

Richard Hugo taught me that anyone with a desire to write, an ear for language and a bit of imagination could become a writer. He also, in a way, gave me permission to write about northern Montana. -James Welch

Regardless of who originally made it popular, any hit song becomes a challenge to the ingenuity and imagination of other musicians and performers. -Les Baxter

In those days, it didn't take much imagination to come up with something that required great lyric development skills. You just thought of an experience that you might have gone through, and write it down. -Phil Harris

One longs for a director with a sense of imagination. -Alan Rickman

As an actor I think sometimes producers need a little bit of encouragement to see you in a particular role, they may not have as much imagination as you would expect. -Steve Kanaly

Suddenly the whole imagination of writing and editorial and newspaper and all these presumptions about who am I reading this, and who else other people may be, and all that, it's so grimly brutal! -Robert Creeley

The scientists often have more unfettered imaginations than current philosophers do. Relativity theory came as a complete surprise to philosophers, and so did quantum mechanics, and so did other things. -Robert Nozick

I am an actor and I live in the world of pretend in my working capacity. I live in the world of my imagination. -Derek Jacobi

Ellis Peters's historical detail is very accurate and very minute, and therefore is not only interesting to read but good for an actor to acquire a sense of the period. And the other thing I think is that an actor lives in the land of imagination. -Derek Jacobi

Ultimately it's a leap of faith and a leap of imagination to put yourself back in time into those conditions and situations and see how you would react. -Derek Jacobi

The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories. -Jeremy Northam

They are imaginary characters. But perhaps not solely the products of my imagination, since there are some aspects of the characters that relate to my own experience of a wide variety of people. -Margaret Mahy

Heaven knows, I've exposed myself in my novels through the use of fantasy and imagination… now my new book is about what really happened to me… not my heroines. -Judith Krantz

Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination – think up a story and go live it for an afternoon. -Terry Brooks

When I was a kid, we had to rely on our imaginations for entertainment. -Terry Brooks

Well, I think that as a country, we've drifted away from appreciating the importance of imagination. -Terry Brooks

We forget that what matters begins with the imagination. -Terry Brooks

I want to kick-start your imagination and let you discover the places it can take you. -Terry Brooks

The way that a handful of corporations in Los Angeles dictate how our stories are told creates a real poverty of imagination and it's a big problem. -Alex Cox

Because of my faith and my imagination, I was able to enjoy my childhood, even though it was tough. -Donna Brazile

I'm kind of surprised that so many of those other books were almost exactly like mine. They even follow the form. There were some books that even copied the stamp. It shows so little imagination. -Don Novello

Free imagination is the inestimable prerogative of youth and it must be cherished and guarded as a treasure. -Felix Bloch

He brought imagination to the story of the Creation. -Harvey Keitel

I would find myself laughing and wondering where these ideas came from. You can call it imagination, I suppose. But I was grateful for wherever they came from. -Amy Tan

In The Touch, the love scenes are the same as they were in The Thorn Birds or anything else I've ever written. I find a way of saying that either it was heaven or hell but in a way that still leaves room for the reader to use their own imagination. -Colleen McCullough

But the greatest thing about music is putting it out there for people to figure out. You want the listener to find the song on their own. If you give too much away, it takes away from the imagination. -Diana Krall

So much of what we do as artists is a combination of personal experience and imagination, and how that all creeps into your work is not so linear. -Diana Krall

To my mind the boy who gives least promise is one in whom the critical faculty develops in advance of the imagination. -Quintilian

When it came to political power, blacks need not apply. Add to this steaming stew the growing tensions over the Vietnam War and the movement for civil rights, and you had plenty of elements to fire the imagination of a novice journalist. -Andrea Mitchell

The openness of rural Nebraska certainly influenced me. That openness, in a way, fosters the imagination. But growing up, Lincoln wasn't a small town. It was a college town. It had record stores and was a liberal place. -Matthew Sweet

The question is how to bring a work of imagination out of one language that was just as taken-for-granted by the persons who used it as our language is by ourselves. Nothing strange about it. -Robert Fitzgerald

It's what still excites me most about acting: letting your imagination go places it's never been before. There's nothing better than that. -Robin Wright

The costume that I wear on the show is a little snug and doesn't leave a whole lot to the imagination. I don't have a problem with it because of the way this character's been written. -Jeri Ryan

I wouldn't say that I've had a tough life by any stretch of the imagination. -Duncan Sheik

It will take some time before a politician will capture the imagination of the American people and have the vision and understanding to do what is necessary for a better future for the people of America and the world. -David Korten

One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical. We're not scientists. We don't always have to make the logical, reasonable leap. -Stella Adler

President Reagan was a leader at a time when the American people most needed leadership. He outlined a vision that captured the imagination of the free world, a vision that toppled the Communist empire and freed countless millions. -Dennis Hastert

Philosophy and Art both render the invisible visible by imagination. -George Henry Lewes

Under no stretch of imagination can war be regarded as an ethical process; yet war, force, terror, and propaganda were the evolutionary means employed to weld the German people into a tribal whole. -Arthur Keith

I love the paranormal, because there, every genre I write can become one beacon for my imagination. -Leslie Banks

Agents and producers have to get you into a box to accommodate their limited imaginations. -Imelda Staunton

Instead of establishing facts, we have to overthrow errors; instead of ascertaining what is, we have to chase from our imaginations what is not. -Frances Wright

Our religious belief usurps the place of our sensations, our imaginations of our judgment. We no longer look to actions, trace their consequences, and then deduce the rule; we first make the rule, and then, right or wrong, force the action to square with it. -Frances Wright

It is clear that the pharmaceutical industry is not, by any stretch of the imagination, doing enough to ensure that the poor have access to adequate medical care. -Paul Farmer

I mean, the most important thing to me is imagination. -Rob Walton

I've been working on the soprano saxophone for 40 years, and the possibilities are astounding. It's up to you, the only limit is the imagination. -Steve Lacy

I tried to stir the imagination and enthusiasms of students to take risks, to do what they were most afraid of doing, to widen their horizons of action. -James Broughton

I always won in my imagination. I always hit the game-winning shot, or I hit the free throw. Or if I missed, there was a lane violation, and I was given another one. -Mike Krzyzewski

Use your imagination, and you'll see that even the most narrow, humdrum lives are infinite in scope if you examine them with enough care. -Mark Haddon

I have been afraid all my life that I am going to die. All my life it has been stuffed in my imagination. -Patty Duke

And, as I have said, it's made me think twice about the imagination. If the spirits aren't external, how astonishing the mediums become! Victor Hugo said of his voices that they were like his own mental powers multiplied by five. -James Merrill

But there is so much more to do for the city we love… a Dallas with roads as strong as our businesses, parks as beautiful as our children, a downtown as tall as our imagination. -Laura Miller

There's no environment. Use your imagination. There's no fourth wall, whether it's the first time you've told this story about her life, or the sixth time. -Jill Clayburgh

It is not enough to know your craft – you have to have feeling. Science is all very well, but for us imagination is worth far more. -Edouard Manet

Catastrophes are often stimulated by the failure to feel the emergence of a domain, and so what cannot be felt in the imagination is experienced as embodied sensation in the catastrophe. -William Irwin Thompson

The conscious process is reflected in the imagination; the unconscious process is expressed as karma, the generation of actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling. -William Irwin Thompson

Yes, I was correctly quoted in saying I introduced sex into films in the 20's, but it was sex in good taste and left a great deal to one's imagination. -Pola Negri

No amount of skillful invention can replace the essential element of imagination. -Edward Hopper

We also maintain – again with perfect truth – that mystery is more than half of beauty, the element of strangeness that stirs the senses through the imagination. -Richard Le Gallienne

The first piece of music that captured my imagination was probably Ray Charles Live At Newport. -Van Morrison

I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening. -Jerzy Kosinski

My imagination can picture no fairer happiness than to continue living for art. -Clara Schumann

If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers. -Bela Lugosi

Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have. -James Dean

In the beginning, we had a great deal of freedom, and Jerry wrote completely out of his imagination – very, very freely. We even had no editorial supervision to speak of, because they were in such a rush to get the thing in before deadline. But later on we were restricted. -Joe Shuster

In this drawing we just let our imagination run wild. We visualized Superman toys, games, and a radio show – that was before TV – and Superman movies. We even visualized Superman billboards. And it's all come true. -Joe Shuster

Woman is the sun, an extraordinary creature, one that makes the imagination gallop. -Marcello Mastroianni

We especially need imagination in science. -Maria Mitchell

Now it is quite clear to me that there are no solid spheres in the heavens, and those that have been devised by the authors to save the appearances, exist only in the imagination. -Tycho Brahe

Most people have no imagination. If they could imagine the sufferings of others, they would not make them suffer so. What separated a German mother from a French mother? -Ernst Toller

Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had. -Janet Jackson

I had a pretty sexual imagination for a kid. -Janet Jackson

Classical plays require more imagination and more general training to be able to do. That's why I like playing Shakespeare better than anything else. -Vivien Leigh

My best investment is my imagination, because it has never failed to bring me my greatest returns! -Randy Castillo

What I love most about animation is, it's a team sport, and everything we do is about pure imagination. -Jeffrey Katzenberg

To them though, not to us, we were just a catalyst for their imagination. -Donald Sutherland

With the brush we merely tint, while the imagination alone produces colour. -Theodore Gericault

Much that we read of Russia is imagination and desire only. -Agnes Smedley

Anything can happen in SF. And the fact that nothing ever does happen in SF is only due to the poverty of our imaginations, we who write it or edit it or read it. But SF can in principle deal with anything. -John Sladek

One travels to run away from routine, that dreadful routine that kills all imagination and all our capacity for enthusiasm. -Ella Maillart

I try to decorate my imagination as much as I can. -Franz Schubert

My true function within a society which embraces all of us is to continue an age-old tradition. This tradition is to create images from the depths of the imagination and to give them form, whether visual, intellectual or musical. -Michael Tippett

Shakespeare fascinated me. He hardly ever left the country. His imagination was worldwide though reading. -Michael Tippett

Melville brought to the task a sound knowledge of actual whaling, much curious learning in the literature of the subject, and, above all, an imagination which worked with great power upon the facts of his own experience. -Carl Clinton Van Doren

Jehovah God is truly rich far beyond the imagination of humankind. -Joseph Franklin Rutherford

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics, if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between the world and Providence as it is in reality, and not according to imagination. -Maimonides

The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level. -Vladimir Kramnik

Nowadays people's visual imagination is so much more sophisticated, so much more developed, particularly in young people, that now you can make an image which just slightly suggests something, they can make of it what they will. -Robert Doisneau

How can a doctor judge a woman's sanity by merely bidding her good morning and refusing to hear her pleas for release? Even the sick ones know it is useless to say anything, for the answer will be that it is their imagination. -Nellie Bly

Well, the fact is that one imagination is critically important, and if you have had your imagination stimulated by what is basically a variety of subjects, you are much more amenable to accepting, to understanding and interacting with the realities of the world. -Ashley Judd

I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare. -Andrew Wyeth

I can't work completely out of my imagination. I must put my foot in a bit of truth; and then I can fly free. -Andrew Wyeth

When we had to do book reports, I would pick a book that no one read and just make it up and turn that in. I got praised for my imagination. -Ahmet Zappa

Dr. Einstein was not successful in school, but he found something in the air from his own imagination and his own brain power, and look what he did. -Eartha Kitt

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience's imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there's no fourth wall. -Stephen Sondheim

Writing a novel is not merely going on a shopping expedition across the border to an unreal land: it is hours and years spent in the factories, the streets, the cathedrals of the imagination. -Janet Frame

It was just very interesting to me that certain types of women inspire people's imagination, and all of them were very difficult women. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

It's just a way of trying to get to a third thing that's not particular to any quote-unquote genre. It's been great for me; it's really opened me up and gotten me to use that part of my imagination. It's very scary in a lot of ways, and just as exciting. -Charlie Hunter

It takes great skill to tell a compelling story in under 60 seconds. These five directors have mastered the format, using their talent, craft and imagination to provide us with some of the most innovative filmmaking out there today. -Michael Apted

Love is based on imagination. -Olivier Martinez

It's not only imagination, it's the distortion of the vision. You suddenly think, This person is idealistic, this person is strong, this person has dreams, when you know better most of the time. You put what you want to see on people. -Olivier Martinez

Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or Shakespeare. -Frederick Henry Hedge

I always believe it's better to have 30 imaginations working on a project, rather than one imagination telling the other 29 what to do. -Trevor Nunn

Digital imaging allows both groups to rise above the limitations of mess and clutter and mechanics, and apply our talents to creating images limited only by our imaginations. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

You want to do something that shows some type individuality and talent and imagination – at the same time, you want to be truthful to the predecessors, because obviously the audience liked something about them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent. -Renny Harlin

I don't know if Jim was a major part of that or not. He is one of a small group of real storytellers. He has enormous imagination and ability to write. I'm glad he's coming back. It's going to be good for the show. -Matthew Ashford

You'd have to have one hell of an imagination to completely make up a story, but historians are very anal about what they think should be portrayed on screen. Thankfully they don't make movies; we do. -Dougray Scott

I don't necessarily start with the beginning of the book. I just start with the part of the story that's most vivid in my imagination and work forward and backward from there. -Beverly Cleary

Never forget that the key to the situation lies in the will and not in the imagination. -Evelyn Underhill

Without imagination we can go nowhere. And imagination is not restricted to the arts. Every scientist I have met who has been a success has had to imagine. -Rita Dove

The peculiar fascination which the South held over my imagination and my limited capital decided me in favor of Atlanta University; so about the last of September I bade farewell to the friends and scenes of my boyhood and boarded a train for the South. -James Weldon Johnson

Then there was Clark Ashton Smith, who wrote for Weird Tales and who had a wild imagination. He wasn't a very talented writer, but his imagination was wonderful. -Jack Vance

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas, play with language, solve problems, use my imagination, and draw on my own childhood. -Jack Prelutsky

Then I decided to draw from and on my own imagination, and everything came out perfect. -Jack Prelutsky

For someone who writes fiction, in order to activate the imagination and the unconscious, it's essential to be free. -Manuel Puig

Every view, and every object I studied attentively, by viewing them again and again on every side, for I was anxious to make a lasting impression of it on my imagination. -Karl Philipp Moritz

But in my imagination this whole thing developed and I started mixing up old folk songs with the Beatles beat and taking them down to Greenwich Village and playing them for the people there. -Roger McGuinn

When I was on my own in a hotel room in Romania, I had the imagination to keep myself occupied. -Rhona Mitra

The thing about imagination is that by the very act of putting it down, there must be some truth in one's own imagination. -Dennis Potter

Although Bill Finger literally typed the scripts in the early days, he wrote the scripts from ideas that we mutually collaborated on. Many of the unique concepts and story twists also came from my own fertile imagination. -Bob Kane

It would be a bitter cosmic joke if we destroy ourselves due to atrophy of the imagination. -Martha Gellhorn

Further, for once, I like the idea that people who think I'm a constant voice for the furthering of the imagination have to see that interest in a more materialistic fashion. -Peter Sotos

I like photographs which leave something to the imagination. -Fay Godwin

Just about this time, when in imagination I was so great a warrior, I had good use in real life for more strength, as I was no longer taken to school by the nurse, but instead had myself to protect my brother, two years my junior. -Georg Brandes

It's a slight stretch of the imagination but most people are alike in most ways so I've never had any trouble identifying with the character that I'm playing. -Jack Nicholson

You never quite know what's going to strike your imagination, or something that won't going to leave you alone, not going to leave alone, and this was one for me. -Peter Shaffer

Sooner or later you must move down an unknown road that leads beyond the range of the imagination, and the only certainty is that the trip has to be made. -Bruce Catton

My identity is linked to my grandmother, who's pure Filipino, as pure as you can probably get. And that shaped my imagination. So that's how I identify. -Jessica Hagedorn

We didn't have television until I was about eight years old, so it was either the movies or radio. A lot of radio drama. That was our television, you know. We had to use our imagination. So it was really those two things, and the comics, that I immersed myself in as a child. -Jessica Hagedorn

But if I have a lot of imagination, I could tell myself whatever I wanted, you know. I handle myself quite well. I'm kind of fascist with myself, you know. There's no discussion. There is an order. You follow it. -Karl Lagerfeld

I'm not claiming that football is the nation's salvation in this area, but it's one of them, one little thing that apparently has captured the imagination of a large sector of our society. But when football can't be a relatively pure outlet, a fun thing, then it hurts itself. -Pete Rozelle

My imagination functions much better when I don't have to speak to people. -Patricia Highsmith

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film. I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination. -Tim Robbins

The public has an appetite for anything about imagination – anything that is as far away from reality as is creatively possible. -Steven Spielberg

You have to come in and be that character when you walk into the room. That's what one of my first acting teachers taught me. You know, don't go in there being Jennifer and then expect to flip and change, because they're not going to have that imagination. -Jennifer Lopez

I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me. -Meryl Streep

What I really have in my head, my imagination, my understanding of music, I never really get that out. -Wynton Marsalis

Painting and sculpture are very archaic forms. It's the only thing left in our industrial society where an individual alone can make something with not just his own hands, but brains, imagination, heart maybe. -Philip Guston

I do a lot of curiosity buying; I buy it if I like the album cover, I buy it if I like the name of the band, anything that sparks my imagination. -Bruce Springsteen

I think I'm an actor because I have very strong imagination and empathy. I never studied acting, but those two qualities are exactly the qualities that make for an activist. -Susan Sarandon

When you start to develop your powers of empathy and imagination, the whole world opens up to you. -Susan Sarandon

Essentially, I'm untrained, so I just go with my imagination and try to put myself as solidly as I can into the shoes of whatever person I'm going to be playing. -Christian Bale

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. -Charles M. Schwab

To think, and to feel, constitute the two grand divisions of men of genius – the men of reasoning and the men of imagination. -Isaac D'Israeli

I loved the world of imagination. -R. A. Salvatore

The power of imagination makes us infinite. -John Muir

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth. -John Keats

In imagination, there's no limitation. -Mark Victor Hansen

She has no imagination and that means no compassion. -Michael Foot

Happiness is ideal, it is the work of the imagination. -Marquis de Sade

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination. -Lily Tomlin

Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination. -Marcel Proust

The most dire disaster in love is the death of imagination. -George Meredith

Life is only a dream and we are the imagination of ourselves. -Bill Hicks

War, except in self-defense, is a failure of moral imagination. -Bill Moyers

Belief in the supernatural reflects a failure of the imagination. -Edward Abbey

In the world of words, the imagination is one of the forces of nature. -Wallace Stevens

I used my imagination to make the grass whatever color I wanted it to be. -Whoopi Goldberg

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist. -Vladimir Nabokov

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another. -John Burroughs

We say God and the imagination are one… How high that highest candle lights the dark. -Wallace Stevens

What wild imaginations one forms where dear self is concerned! How sure to be mistaken! -Jane Austen

Fools act on imagination without knowledge, pedants act on knowledge without imagination. -Alfred North Whitehead

But who can paint like Nature? Can imagination boast, amid its gay creation, hues like hers? -James Thomson

People write memoirs because they lack the imagination to make things up. -Tom Robbins

All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry. -Edgar Allan Poe

The human imagination has already come to conceive the possibility of recreating human society. -Edmund Wilson

One of the nice things about problems is that a good many of them do not exist except in our imaginations. -Steve Allen

The product of the scientific imagination is a new vision of relations – like that of artistic imagination. -Edmund Wilson

There is no connection between the political ideas of our educated class and the deep places of the imagination. -Lionel Trilling

The artist must bow to the monster of his own imagination. -Richard Wright

Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit. -Doris Day

Our world faces a true planetary emergency. I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a challenge to the moral imagination. -Al Gore

A great wind is blowing, and that gives you either imagination or a headache. -Catherine the Great

For me, my travels have been the chance to go to a place that already exists in my imagination. -Hugo Pratt

Reality seems valueless by comparison with the dreams of fevered imaginations; reality is therefore abandoned. -Emile Durkheim

I think my securities far outweigh my insecurities. I am not nearly as afraid of myself and my imagination as I used to be. -Billy Connolly

There can be no passion, and by consequence no love, where there is not imagination. -William Godwin

Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art. -Austin O'Malley

We especially need imagination in science. It is not all mathematics, nor all logic, but it is somewhat beauty and poetry. -Maria Mitchell

The march of invention has clothed mankind with powers of which a century ago the boldest imagination could not have dreamt. -Henry George

Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality. -Jonas Salk

The moment a person forms a theory, his imagination sees in every object only the traits which favor that theory. -Thomas Jefferson

The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted. -Aesop

Love doesn't grow on trees like apples in Eden – it's something you have to make. And you must use your imagination too. -Joyce Cary

Sometimes, surely, truth is closer to imagination or to intelligence, to love than to fact? To be accurate is not to be right. -Shirley Hazzard

He is the true enchanter, whose spell operates, not upon the senses, but upon the imagination and the heart. -Washington Irving

I have learned the art of filling in your lines with your visuals and your movies and your imagination. -Daphne Zuniga

Children do not give up their innate imagination, curiosity, dreaminess easily. You have to love them to get them to do that. -R. D. Laing

The source and center of all man's creative power… is his power of making images, or the power of imagination. -Robert Collier

The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity. -George Santayana

There are two worlds: the world we can measure with line and rule, and the world that we feel with our hearts and imagination. -Leigh Hunt

There is hope in dreams, imagination, and in the courage of those who wish to make those dreams a reality. -Jonas Salk

If you use your imagination, you can look at any actress and see her nude… I hope to make you use your imagination. -Hedy Lamarr

You are indebted to you imagination for three-fourths of your importance. -David Garrick

The world is not run by thought, nor by imagination, but by opinion. -Elizabeth Drew

It takes as much imagination to create debt as to create income. -Leonard Orr

No matter how mistaken Communist ideas may be, the experience and knowledge gained by trying them out have given a tremendous impetus to thought and imagination. -Anne Sullivan

If we divine a discrepancy between a man's words and his character, the whole impression of him becomes broken and painful; he revolts the imagination by his lack of unity, and even the good in him is hardly accepted. -Charles Horton Cooley

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. -Edgar Degas

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. -Napoleon Hill

There are moments when a man's imagination, so easily subdued to what it lives in, suddenly rises above its daily level and surveys the long windings of destiny. -Edith Wharton

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. -Ursula K. Le Guin

Taste refers to the past, imagination to the future. -Mason Cooley

The higher the artist, the fewer the gestures. The fewer the tools, the greater the imagination. The greater the will, the greater the secret failure. -Ben Okri

We're living in a time when the world has suddenly discovered India because it's run out of raw material for its imagination. The raw materials for imagination are inexhaustible here. -Deepak Chopra

Little men with little minds and little imaginations go through life in little ruts, smugly resisting all changes which would jar their little worlds. -Zig Ziglar

I have no idea why I write. The old standards are: I like to express my feelings, stretch my imagination, earn money. -S. E. Hinton

There is only one admirable form of the imagination: the imagination that is so intense that it creates a new reality, that it makes things happen. -Sean O'Faolain

To put up a show is to face life's injustices with one of the few weapons available to a desperate and brave people, their imagination. -Luigi Barzini

Only in your imagination can you revise. -Fay Wray

The fashions of the ages vary in this direction and that, but they vary for the most part from a central road which was struck out by the imagination of Greece. -Gilbert Murray

Generally speaking, a howling wilderness does not howl: it is the imagination of the traveler that does the howling. -Henry David Thoreau

Don Quixote's misfortune is not his imagination, but Sancho Panza. -Franz Kafka

Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. -Victor Hugo

Truth titillates the imagination far less than fiction. -Marquis de Sade

A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment. -Jane Austen

Death? Why this fuss about death? Use your imagination, try to visualize a world without death! Death is the essential condition of life, not an evil. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Today the function of the artist is to bring imagination to science and science to imagination, where they meet, in the myth. -Cyril Connolly

Those Dutchmen had hardly any imagination or fantasy, but their good taste and their scientific knowledge of composition were enormous. -Vincent Van Gogh

Put off your imagination, as you put off your overcoat, when you enter the laboratory. Put it on again, as you put on your overcoat, when you leave. -Claude Bernard

Men often take their imagination for their heart; and they believe they are converted as soon as they think of being converted. -Blaise Pascal

The scientific imagination always restrains itself within the limits of probability. -Thomas Huxley

Belief is nothing but a more vivid, lively, forcible, firm, steady conception of an object, than what the imagination alone is ever able to attain. -David Hume

People who think my books are autobiographical, which they're not, credit me with having a much better memory than I do. I do, however, have a powerful imagination. -Curtis Sittenfeld

Writing poetry is the hard manual labor of the imagination. -Ishmael Reed

A child who has never fantasized about having other parents is seriously lacking in imagination. -Fred G. Gosman

A nickname is the heaviest stone that the devil can throw at a man. It is a bugbear to the imagination, and, though we do not believe in it, it still haunts our apprehensions. -William Hazlitt

The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing. -Georg C. Lichtenberg

Los Angeles gives one the feeling of the future more strongly than any city I know of. A bad future, too, like something out of Fritz Lang's feeble imagination. -Henry Miller

That neither our thoughts, nor passions, nor ideas formed by the imagination, exist without the mind, is what every body will allow. -George Berkeley

Personality is more important than beauty, but imagination is more important than both of them. -Laurette Taylor

We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being. As a result, men are valued not for what they are but for what they do or what they have – for their usefulness. -Thomas Merton

The woman who appeals to a man's vanity may stimulate him, the woman who appeals to his heart may attract him, but it is the woman who appeals to his imagination who gets him. -Helen Rowland

For strange effects and extraordinary combinations we must go to life itself, which is always far more daring than any effort of the imagination. -Arthur Conan Doyle

I suppose I'm proudest of my novels for what's imagined in them. I think the world of my imagination is a richer and more interesting place than my personal biography. -John Irving

The loss of liberty which must attend being a wife was of all things the most horrible to my imagination. -Sarah Fielding

Wit is the appearance, the external flash of imagination. Thus its divinity, and the witty character of mysticism. -Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

The only virtue a character needs to possess between hardcovers, even if he bears a real person's name, is vitality: if he comes to life in our imaginations, he passes the test. -Stephen Vizinczey

The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money… they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination. -Alan Watts

To put yourself in another's place requires real imagination, but by doing so each Girl Scout will be able to love among others happily. -Juliette Gordon Low

Ghost stories really scare me. I have such a big imagination that after I watch a horror movie like 'The Grudge', I look in the corners of my room for the next two days. -Vanessa Hudgens

I certainly know there are people in positions of power in the business who lack imagination and, perhaps as a result of that, think of me as 'David'. But I wouldn't really want to work with those people, you know? -Michael C. Hall

When you're young you have no worries, no drama, only your imagination. It's the best! -Devon Werkheiser

There's no great mystery to acting. It's a very simple thing to do but you have to work hard at it. It's about asking questions and using your imagination. -Eddie Marsan

I don't think that people should wear dresses two sizes too small. I just think that sexiness is better left to the imagination. It's just more tasteful. -Rachel Zoe

I have enough love to last me a lifetime! Thank God I'll never lose my imagination and my passion. That's really what it is. I'm still passionate about what I do. -Teena Marie

My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead. -Nicole Kidman

I don't like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it's your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination. -Mark Ruffalo

A certificate of live birth is not the same thing by any stretch of the imagination as a birth certificate. -Donald Trump

Being an actor means asking people to look at you. I guess I accept that. But it's a profession in which the job is to show another world and other people. You may access it through bits of yourself, and your imagination and experience, but actually, in the end, you're not playing yourself. -Ralph Fiennes

However my parents – both of whom came from impoverished backgrounds and neither of whom had been to college, took the view that my overactive imagination was an amusing quirk that would never pay a mortgage or secure a pension. -J. K. Rowling

Be drawn to the visual arts for it can expand your imagination. -Barbara Januszkiewicz

I've done a lot of bad things. Use your imagination. -Katy Perry

I'm looking for a way out of here. I can't have it physically, so I'm going to have it intellectually. It was a beautiful thing to ride Seabiscuit in my imagination. And it's just fantastic to be there alongside Louie as he's breaking the NCAA mile record. People at these vigorous moments in their lives – it's my way of living vicariously. -Laura Hillenbrand

I love our shared island, our shared Ireland and its core decency. I love it for its imagination and its celebration of the endless possibilities for our people. -Michael D. Higgins

On 'Into The Wild' I spent months risking my life and on 'Speed Racer' I spent 60 days acting in front of a green screen. No danger to my physical self, but I sure had to use my imagination. -Emile Hirsch

I definitely gravitate towards quality genre projects and genre of any kind whether it's science fiction, horror or really anything. I'm just drawn to quality. I don't think 'Darkness Falls' is horror; there isn't any gore by any stretch of the imagination. -Emma Caulfield

Three centuries after the appearance of Franklin's 'Courant', it no longer requires a dystopic imagination to wonder who will have the dubious distinction of publishing America's last genuine newspaper. Few believe that newspapers in their current printed form will survive. -Eric Alterman

If Copenhagen were a person, that person would be generous, beautiful, elderly, but with a flair. A human being that has certain propensities for quarrelling, filled with imagination and with appetite for the new and with respect for the old – somebody who takes good care of things and of people. -Connie Nielsen

I've never really had a problem with the imagination level of an audience. They're always smarter and savvier than any studio exec will give them credit for. -James Van Der Beek

My greatest strength as a child, I realize now, was my imagination. While every other kid was reading and writing, I had seven whole hours a day to practice my imagination. When do you get that space in your life, ever? -Barbara Corcoran

Being an actor in movies is a lot about the power of your imagination and making the circumstance real to you so the audience will feel that it's real. -Joel Kinnaman

I was a wild, mischievous kid, and I had tremendous imagination. Any experience I had, I'd try to reenact it. -Adrien Brody

Busted is not the ideal band I'd like to be in by any stretch of the imagination. -Charlie Simpson

I'm ever curious about the world. I'm driven to go out and find new things to write about. Having a vivid imagination is also a plus. -David Baldacci

I hope that I'm sexy in a different kind of way than I think that a lot of girls are right now. I think a lot of girls in the public eye, especially musical artists, are just kind of objectified a little bit and wearing super-skimpy outfits and leaving nothing to the imagination. -Emmy Rossum

I guess I'm a very keen observer, and I'd like to think I have a good imagination. -Eric Bana

Wherever you write is supposed to be a little bit of a refuge, a place where you can get away from the world. The more closed in you are, the more you're forced back on your own imagination. -Stephen King

I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn't have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination. -Dido Armstrong

Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It's about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity. -Guy Fieri

I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn't that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that's when your creativity is developed, when you're young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to. -David Walliams

But I'm never gonna get to a point in my life where what it costs to shoot a movie is going to determine what it is. The limits of my imagination is the only thing that's gonna stop me. -Abel Ferrara

I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I'm likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination. -Andrew Motion

I'll confess right here that I secretly wish I'd have drawn a strip about a little boy with a fake tiger, going for adventures throughout the universe in spaceships of his imagination. -Berkeley Breathed

Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination. -Danny Boyle

I have an imagination because my life is so boring that my imagination lets me get off the reality of what's going on. -Dave Attell

Some of my high school teachers did remind me that I had an excellent imagination when it came to making up excuses. -David E. Kelley

It's definitely true that there are a lot of the devices we used on 'Star Trek,' that came out the imagination of the writers, and the creators that are actually in the world today. -LeVar Burton

Reading a hard copy book, and reading a book on an iPad are slightly different experiences. What they both have in common though is that you must engage your imagination in the process. -LeVar Burton

I think if you're a competent actor with a good imagination, and if it's on the page, it makes your job a lot easier. -Miguel Ferrer

No film has captivated my imagination more than 'King Kong.' I'm making movies today because I saw this film when I was 9 years old. -Peter Jackson

Free enterprise empowers entrepreneurs who have ideas and imagination, investors who take risks, and workers who hone their skills and offer their labor. -Paul Ryan

The desire to live in our imagination is driven by this suspicion that we're disembodied sensibilities cobbled into our bodies. That idea has infused most of human thought since the very beginning. -Richard Powers

I've always had an active imagination. -Rickie Lee Jones

I spent my childhood in an imaginary world – probably because I needed an escape. I think that's one of the reasons people have imaginations – because they can't maintain existence here. -Rickie Lee Jones

I like something where I can really use my imagination and be an active participant in the construction of the monster and usually that's in the world of the supernatural or the world of the fantastic, so that's why those kinds of stories about demons and the supernatural appeal to me or maybe I'm really interested in that subject. -Sam Raimi

I use a lot of film images, analogies, and imagination. -Carlos Fuentes

I think what's really the most ideal thing is for the player themselves, within their own imagination, to carve out what they view as being the essence of the character. -Shigeru Miyamoto

When something is such a creative medium as the web, the limits to it are our imagination. -Tim Berners-Lee

I can get very philosophical and ask the questions Keats was asking as a young guy. What are we here for? What's a soul? What's it all about? What is thinking about, imagination? -Jane Campion

I never had the financial means that the media said I had. I laugh when I hear the amounts, $400 million, $800 million. Where do they get this imagination? -Jean-Claude Duvalier

You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination. -Danny Boyle

I grew up in the '80s where there's a lot of these kind of post-apocalyptic, post-comet, post-whatever it was, so that always captured my imagination a lot as a little kid, that idea of getting access to secret places and being able to roam around where you're not supposed to. -Gillian Flynn

I can't satisfy myself with just trying to tie all of my imagination into music, especially when music is not appreciated as an art form as much as it used to be. -Marilyn Manson

I'm a better coach now than when I joined Celtic. The longer you stay in any job, the better you become. If you lose your drive, your enthusiasm, your imagination, that experience is no good. -Gordon Strachan

I feel very giddy with the idea of making my imagination take form and being able to put on a show where people leave feeling like they've experienced something. -Carly Rae Jepsen

I've always felt that what I have going for me is not my imagination, because everyone has an imagination. What I have is a relentlessly controlled imagination. What looks like wild invention is actually quite carefully calculated. -Terry Pratchett

The moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience – anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form. -Carol Ann Duffy

I had a good imagination and I still have one; a child-like imagination that hasn't gone away. -Laura Linney

As an actor you have to have a strong vivid imagination as you're working and when the camera's rolling, but there's certainly a part of you that is aware of real life, that you're making a movie. -John Hawkes

Sometimes a character is really based on research that you do. Other times it's just based on your imagination or perhaps your conversation with the director. Or sometimes all of the above. It depends on the movie and character. -Joaquin Phoenix

All my life I've had the privilege to make my living with my imagination, and the most important thing has been to see my creative life grow. I was educated to do that and have lived accordingly. -Tommy Lee Jones

Ideas seem to come from everywhere – my life, everything I see, hear, and read, and most of all, from my imagination. I have a lot of imagination. -Judy Blume

You can understand nothing about art, particularly modern art, if you do not understand that imagination is a value in itself. -Milan Kundera

What I like in this job is you can travel to many places, many imaginations. -Marion Cotillard

Someone once said that history has more imagination than all the scenario writers in the Pentagon, and we have a lot of scenario writers here. No one ever wrote a scenario for commercial airliners crashing into the World Trade Center. -Paul Wolfowitz

It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination. -Gabriel Garcia Marquez

It takes no imagination to live within your means. -Francis Ford Coppola

I think often in film we limit our imaginations a little – well, quite a lot, actually… things get quite formulaic. -Hugo Weaving

I was raised not to be afraid to show emotion or imagination. -Javier Bardem

I guess what I've learned is that there are no boundaries when it comes to imagination. It's limitless. -Cliff Martinez

Grandchildren have taught me how important the future is. I try to look through their eyes and envision what's in their imagination. What's the world going to look like when they're my age? That really does take a huge imagination. -Richard Lugar

I know how fiction matters to me, because if I want to express myself, I have to make up a story. Some people call it imagination. To me, it's not imagination. It's just a way of watching. -Haruki Murakami

When we were filming 'The Darkest Hour,' we didn't even know what the aliens were going to look like, we didn't even have a graphic reference. So it was definitely a big challenge to sell those kind of extreme moments when you're just generating them from your own imagination. -Olivia Thirlby

My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane. -Tom Waits

I am not interested in slice of life, what I want is a slice of the imagination. -Carlos Fuentes

I don't want to go on much longer, really. I think that would suggest a lack of imagination. A certain lack of dignity also. -Morrissey

In my wildest imagination, I never thought that the fifth of six children born to Helen and Buddy Watts – in a poor black neighborhood, in the poor rural community of Eufaula, Oklahoma – would someday be called Congressman. -J. C. Watts

I love theatrics and have a huge imagination: Why would I want to sit onstage and sing a bunch of ballads back-to-back? -Christina Aguilera

Every time you get on a stage or in front of a camera, the whole exercise is about imagination. You're constantly depicting something that doesn't exist, and trying to find the reality of it. Once you settle on that premise, everything else is a matter of degrees. -Ron Perlman

In rising financial markets, the world is forever new. The bull or optimist has no eyes for past or present, but only for the future, where streams of revenue play in his imagination. -James Buchan

I don't want to discredit people's individuality, but I think people are pretty much the same. People are very similar. If you have a good enough imagination then you can feel things that you personally have never done before. That's acting. -Kristen Stewart

I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that I would somehow become a sports commentator. -Joe Rogan

Obviously the imagination is fueled by emotions beyond the control of the conscious mind. -Joyce Carol Oates

In all of my work I'm trying to create a dialogue, in which I want to provoke the recipients, stimulate them to use their own imaginations. I don't just say things recipients want to hear, flatter their egos or comfort them by agreeing with them. I have to provoke them, to take them as seriously as I take myself. -Michael Haneke

To me, it's far more efficient to mobilize the imagination. It's far more efficient to hear a creaking step, for example, than to see the face of a monster, which usually looks ridiculous, and where you know that the blood is ketchup. -Michael Haneke

The Chinese art world does not exist. In a society that restricts individual freedoms and violates human rights, anything that calls itself creative or independent is a pretence. It is impossible for a totalitarian society to create anything with passion and imagination. -Ai Weiwei

Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they're casting, they're dressing the scene, they're working out where the energy of the scene is coming from and they're also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader. -John le Carre

My imagination, my ability to understand the way love and people grow over time, how passion can surprise and renew, utterly failed me. -Elizabeth Wurtzel

I don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means. -J. G. Ballard

The entertainment medium of film is particularly tuned to the present imaginations of people at large. A lot of fiction is intensely nostalgic. -J. G. Ballard

I enjoy working on a movie that lets your imagination run wild, it's great to be a part of and watch. -Chris Hemsworth

What really fascinates me is this need that is so strong now that if you read a work of the imagination you instantly have to say, 'Oh, what this really is is so-and-so,' reducing it to a simple formula. -Doris Lessing

True intelligence requires fabulous imagination. -Ian Mcewan

The imagination is the golden pathway to everywhere. -Terence McKenna

I'm an emotional sort of person in general and I have a vivid imagination, so I feel the whole spectrum of emotion strongly when I write. -Erin Morgenstern

Charles Laughton, who's a great hero of mine, only ever made one film and it happens to be one of the great films ever, which is 'The Night of the Hunter.' It's full of his kind of imagination and creation and how you do things and just in the way he used the studio, I just thought it was a fantastical way of using the studio. -Brian Cox

There's no artist in this world that doesn't enjoy the dream that if they have bad reviews now, the story of Keats can redeem them, in their fantasy or imagination, in the future. I think Keats' poem 'Endymion' is a really difficult poem, and I'm not surprised that a lot of people pulled it apart in a way. -Jane Campion

I feel that directors at times are like the janitors on the set. I am the secretary, I am the organizer, I am the maid, and I ask if they have eaten or rested. The best things are always out of your control. It's those moments that surpass the imagination that are thrilling. -Jane Campion

Pulp existed for 12 years before we got famous. Now, you could say that was just lack of imagination, but it's some kind of quality isn't it? Tenacity. You could also say it was sloth. -Jarvis Cocker

Unless you're living on the street and surviving on a diet of discarded turkey drumsticks, there's no point in being gloomy. We've spent too long trying to cheer ourselves up by spending money on brightly coloured things we don't really need. We've stopped using our imaginations. -Jarvis Cocker

In my imagination yes, I remember, when I was six years old, I was conducting all this concert in my house. But now it's real. -Gustavo Dudamel

I suffer from the delusion that every product of my imagination is not only possible, but always on the cusp of becoming real. -Sean Parker

A young imagination is bold, likes to make bigger leaps. It likes to, well, imagine that the dustbuster is a dinosaur; that the computer mouse is a hotrod; that the box is a cave; that the rawhide is a torch… or a baton… or something. -Mo Rocca

Everything, I think, about acting is based on imagination. -Christina Ricci

I'm not a passive person by any stretch of the imagination. -Courteney Cox

What's cool is when you're able to give your audience imagination and you don't have to cage them in like animals. -Shia LaBeouf

I didn't really hear any other music other than what my dad was working on until I was 12. My recollection of hearing other music was that I liked some things that I heard but I always thought, 'Where's the rest of it?' It didn't have the same amount of detail or instrumentation or imagination in the arrangements. -Dweezil Zappa

Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute; we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective. -Karen Armstrong

Vision gets the dreams started. Dreaming employs your God-given imagination to reinforce the vision. Both are part of something I believe is absolutely necessary to building the life of a champion, a winner, a person of high character who is consistently at the top of whatever game he or she is in. -Emmitt Smith

Ultimately, so much Dr. Seuss is about empowerment. He invites us to disappear into our imagination and then blows the doors off what that can mean. -Gary Ross

I'm not trying to be coy or manipulative or Machiavellian, I want to spark people's imaginations. -J. J. Abrams

For some reason I can't explain, artist and musicians tend to look younger than our age. Being in music, you need this youthful sense of discovery and wonder for what you're doing and keep your imagination open. That's a youthful way of looking at life and I think that reflects in how you age. -Joshua Bell

There's not one major greatest influence on my career. It would be film and great artists and great imagineers – Jim Henson, Walt Disney, Charlie Chaplin, people who understand the joy of the imagination. -Zac Posen

You can have 10 bucks to 10 million bucks and if you got a crew, imagination and a lot of people willing to turn in some work next to nothing, you going to have a feature. But you can't get beyond how expensive marketing the movie is, it's so crushing. -Kevin Smith

Our fears are an amazing gift of the imagination… a way of glimpsing what might be the future when there's still time to influence how that future will play out. -Karen Thompson Walker

The Jewish festival of freedom is the oldest continuously observed religious ritual in the world. Across the centuries, Passover has never lost its power to inspire the imagination of successive generations of Jews with its annually re-enacted drama of slavery and liberation. -Jonathan Sacks

I love sci-fi because it leads in the imagination, and I always say it has the most intelligent fans in the world. -Robert Carlyle

My life has been a gift up to this point, and I've been blessed beyond my wildest imagination. And wherever this ride takes me is where I'm going. -Sean Hannity

I feel like I'm a much better person when I'm developing my imagination and my innocence and my vulnerability. I like that version of me better than the version where I'm just working on my analytical mind. -Brit Marling

It's through the small things that we develop our moral imagination, so that we can understand the sufferings of others. -Alexander McCall Smith

I'd love to play more challenging roles, characters that would stretch my comfort zone and imagination. -Isabelle Fuhrman

Now, I'm a failed political consultant. But sometimes fiction has a way of capturing people's imagination in a way that non-fiction doesn't. Conservatives typically haven't written much fiction – specifically political thrillers – over the years to educate, inspire and mobilize people on issues of great import, but we ought to. -Joel C. Rosenberg

Most people who are trying to write kind of sit in their basements and pull it out of their imaginations. -John Sandford

Usually I say I have no imagination. -Jose Padilha

I love costumes. I love getting dressed up because it really helps my imagination make the leap to believe that I am who I say I am. -Alessandro Nivola

The imagination is part of the arsenal that actors draw from. -Bryan Cranston

Well, I'm not a method actress by any stretch of the imagination so the best thing that I can do is be as real as possible and find whatever commonality in that character that I can see myself. -Rashida Jones

But in a 24-hour day, the 25th hour is also the impossible hour, an hour that doesn't exist, that can only be created by the imagination. -David Benioff

I don't actually like explaining the meanings of my songs, because I think people can take away more from it if they use their imagination. -Reeve Carney

Our imagination just needs space. It's all it needs, that moment where you just sort of stare into the distance where your brain gets to sort of somehow rise up. -Glen Hansard

I think it's fun to play with worlds that you can add a lot of your own imagination to. With 'True Blood,' you're not limited by anything, there are just leaps and bounds of the imagination you can take with these characters. -Deborah Ann Woll

I believe that imagination inspires nations. It's something that I live by. -Janelle Monae

We don't have a lot of space in our imaginations to allow people to expand what they do. -Josh Radnor

What does it mean to be Catholic and not a Catholic? I feel adrift, homeless. My Catholic imagination allows me to see the soul as a lit breath, seeking the divine. It persists. -Julianna Baggott

Our imaginations are strong as children. Sometimes they get shoved aside, these imaginations. They get dusty and mildewed with age. The imagination is a muscle that has to be put to use or it shrivels. -Julianna Baggott

I had been a reporter for 15 years when I set out to write my first novel. I knew how to research an article or profile a subject – skills that I assumed would be useless when it came to fiction. It was from my imagination that the characters in my story would emerge. -Amy Waldman

I always know exactly where my stories take place, which gives me something certain so I can use my imagination for the other stuff. I worry though, who wants to keep reading stories about Kalamazoo? -Bonnie Jo Campbell

I still have a photo on my wall of the greatest idol I will ever have in my life, and it's myself at eight. Because that's when the forces of imagination have the same value as the real world, when they're an instrument of survival: when my mother disappeared, and I imagined a mother. That was me at my best. -Henning Mankell

I made a real specific decision when I came out of school and most artists were writing about home – if you were a woman, you were writing about being a woman – and I decided not to do that, write about what you know. That's not what I do. I went as far away from home as possible in terms of the development of my imagination. -Anna Deavere Smith

Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience. -David Mitchell

My favorite literature to read is fairly dry history. I like the framework, and my imagination can do the rest. -Andrew Bird

Cynicism and naivety lie cheek by jowl in the American imagination; if the United States is one of the most venal nations on Earth, it is also one of the most earnestly idealistic. -Terry Eagleton

Clearly, some creative thinking is badly needed if humans are to have a future beyond Earth. Returning to the Moon may be worthy and attainable, but it fails to capture the public's imagination. What does get people excited is the prospect of a mission to Mars. -Paul Davies

When I want an opinion, I'll get it from my peers – from men of vision, like our great railroad builders… Stanford, Huntington, Dinsmore… fellows with imaginations broad enough to span the continent. -Jonathan Raban

I mean, it's fine when you're a kid and someone runs into the playground and goes, 'I've got this great game of pretend,' and you play… As an actor, getting to play, getting to use your imagination and be childish – it is weird but it's wonderful. -Max Irons

I've been acting my whole life. I have this huge imagination! I'm a dancer and my mom's a dance teacher, and I was always performing and entertaining people. I'd go to see live theatre or a movie, and I'd become the main character for a few days afterwards. I loved being somebody new for a temporary amount of time. -Natasha Calis

They seem much rarer now, those auteur films that come out of a director's imagination and are elliptical and hermetic. All those films that got me into independent cinema when I was watching it seem thin on the ground. -Toby Jones

Well, I think that – I think leadership's always been about two main things: imagination and courage. -Paul Keating

Suffering, it turns out, demands profound imagination. A new future has to be conjured up because the old future isn't there anymore. -Rob Bell

It's a wonderful thing working with young actors. I know a lot of people don't like working with children. I actually adore it, because you watch their imagination open up and you watch them start to learn this job that I've been doing for so long. They come with such a lack of cynicism. -Michelle Forbes

Many memory techniques involve creating unforgettable imagery, in your mind's eye. That's an act of imagination. Creating really weird imagery really quickly was the most fun part of my training to compete in the U.S. Memory Competition. -Joshua Foer

The fact that books today are mostly a string of words makes it easier to forget the text. With the impact of the iPad and the future of the book being up for re-imagination, I wonder whether we'll rediscover the importance of making texts richer visually. -Joshua Foer

My mother was making $135 a week, but she had resilience and imagination. She might take frozen vegetables, cook them with garlic, onion and Spam, and it would taste like a four-star dinner. -Andre Dubus III

As a bookish child in Calcutta, I used to thrill to the adventures of bad girls whose pursuit of happiness swept them outside the bounds of social decency. Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Emma Bovary and Anna Karenina lived large in my imagination. The naughty girls of Hollywood films flirted and knew how to drive. -Bharati Mukherjee

Sometimes a technology is so awe-inspiring that the imagination runs away with it – often far, far away from reality. Robots are like that. A lot of big and ultimately unfulfilled promises were made in robotics early on, based on preliminary successes. -Daniel H. Wilson

Every day the eye is subject to a thousand tiny shocks as a thousand industries compete for the eye-kick, the visual hook that will lock the consumer into product for that crucial second where the tiny – or not so tiny – leap of the imagination is made. -Graham Joyce

Fairy tales opened up a door into my imagination – they don't conform to the reality that's around you as a child. I started reading when I was three and read everything, but I wanted to be an actress. -Kate Atkinson

In many cases your imagination is much more effective than what can be shown. It primes you to know something is about to happen – the anticipation and anxiety is worse than what ends up happening. -Oren Peli

You have to just go with your imagination, where your instinct takes you. -Peter Mullan

Let me just say that to imagine racism does not exist is imagination. And to imagine that it does not create its own set of problems is true imagination. So let's not imagine that racism is gone, extinguished, because it's not. We are seeing this in the top levels of the political arena, and we are seeing it very, very plainly. -Phylicia Rashad

What's in front of you is a whole world of experiences beyond your imagination. Put yourself, and your growth and development, first. -Phylicia Rashad

A place makes a deep impression on you when you're young. It lives with you. It's like your childhood. It fertilises the imagination. -Richard Eyre

The Grateful Dead, they're my best friends. Their message of hope, peace, love, teamwork, creativity, imagination, celebration, the dance, the vision, the purpose, the passion all of the things I believe in makes me the luckiest Deadhead in the world. -Bill Walton

I've never taken any issue off the table for lack of suitability. Only for lack of imagination. -Garry Trudeau

'Avatar' is the greatest, most comprehensive collection of movie cliches ever assembled, but it's put together in a brand new way with a new technology, and tremendous imagination, making it a true epic and a kind of a milestone. -Joe Dante

'Castle' is a guy living in a fantasy world. He's in his imagination, writing these stories of murder. -Nathan Fillion

I think my printing to this day looks like the printing right out of a comic book. Actually, I always wanted to be in a comic book. I watched cartoons when I was a kid, too, and both comics and cartoons lit fire in my imagination. This realm holds a lot of interest for me, a lot of passion for me. So to be comic-ized, yeah, that's cool. -Nathan Fillion

I think we're all a little afraid of the dark. If you lived in the country, as I did, there's nothing quite like country dark, which was really black. And as a child, your imagination runs wild. -Malcolm McDowell

'Mr Selfridge' is a lot more accessible than shows like 'Downton.' Everyone knows the store, but not everyone knows the story. Having this store as the backdrop with all of society working under one roof, I think it really captures people's imaginations. -Zoe Tapper

We can live with lots of things, but we can't live without imagination, we can't live without hope. -Ariel Dorfman

With the world as it now presents itself, there is something perverse, and probably dysfunctional, about a person who stays in the same house for 40 years. What about the expanding family syndrome, the school-lottery migration, the property portfolio neurosis? Have you no imagination? -Iain Sinclair

The thing that most attracts me to historical fiction is taking the factual record as far as it is known, using that as scaffolding, and then letting imagination build the structure that fills in those things we can never find out for sure. -Geraldine Brooks

There's just so many great stories in the past that you can know a little bit about, but you can't know it all, and that's where imagination can work. -Geraldine Brooks

I didn't have the equipment for the regular world of being a lawyer. I didn't have the imagination for that. I did have a funny kind of ambition, but I didn't know where to put it. -Michael Lindsay-Hogg

I guess something that I've noticed from American acts who had success in touring is more of an explanation as to their music. Which is I think quite funny. I think British acts might like to leave more to the imagination – maybe a bit more obscure perhaps – a bit more shy. -Ben Lovett

I'm a light sleeper. I've never been one of those people who can put their head down and suddenly everything disappears. Nighttime is the time I get most scared, anxious or worried. In those darker moments before waking or sleeping is when I feel most, I don't know, I can turn on myself, and my imagination can take me dark places. -Florence Welch

It would be too frightening for me to consider myself a role model. But I like the idea of not being afraid of letting your imagination rule you, to feel the freedom of expression, to let creativity be your overwhelming drive rather than other things. -Florence Welch

I've got quite a vivid imagination and I'm easily overwhelmed by sensations and things that are beautiful or scary. I don't think I've ever seen a ghost – I think I'm probably haunted by my own ghosts than real ones. -Florence Welch

I had this wild imagination. I was never me. All my childhood photos, I'm in fancy dress, playing a Russian refuge or Marvelous Mad Madam Mim. -Juno Temple

I was brought up in a very open, rural countryside in the middle of nowhere. There were no cell phones. If your lights went out, you were lit by candlelight for a good four days before they can get to you. And so, my imagination was crazy. -Juno Temple

I've studied a technique called the Sanford Miesner technique, that teaches you how to focus. It's mainly about daydreaming. And the technique's really about imaginary circumstances. Using your imagination to sort of daydream about stuff. It makes you emotional in a scene. -Sam Rockwell

I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions. -Rufus Sewell

Doing 'White Collar,' quite often my character goes undercover, so therein lies the compounding of the imagination. I get to play Peter Burke and then someone else when Peter Burke goes undercover. -Tim DeKay

There's the argument that you can relate to someone who's completely unrelatable. In the way that a director shows you his imagination on a film, then I get to show you my imagination in a big dumb character. -Idris Elba

'A Princess of Mars' may not have exerted the same colossal pull that Tarzan had on the global imagination, but its influence on generations of readers cannot be underestimated. -Junot Diaz

I just can't afford to get bored, because if you've been blessed with a generous imagination, which a lot of actors have, to be engaged, to be stimulated, is to liberate your imagination. -John C. McGinley

I guess just a lively imagination is the best effort an actor can have. -Jacki Weaver

There are two 'Snow White' movies coming out for the same reason that you remember back in the day there was 'Armageddon' and then 'Deep Impact.' You know, 'Andromeda Strain' and then 'Outbreak.' Like, all of those things. It's common because basically studios have no imagination in making the decisions. -Armie Hammer

I am more connected to the world of the imagination, but you don't have to have polio to do that. -Ben Lewin

I think that different actors go about their preparation differently, but when it comes to acting, I use my imagination. -Edi Gathegi

Sometimes when you've got too much money you lose your imagination. -Paloma Faith

I design all my sets. With my tour and my album artwork, I co-design that with people who are better at drawing than me. But I've got a good imagination. I went to art school so I understand how to communicate my ideas. -Paloma Faith

A good comic explores the imagination, but it's always got to have those notes of truth running through it. -Michael Pena

I think because I try to keep things as real as I can, or I try to start from a place of reality, I almost don't have the imagination to write a book that's not set where I am. -Maria Semple

The study of history requires investigation, imagination, empathy, and respect. Reverence just doesn't enter into it. -Jill Lepore

The wonderful thing is, imagination is universal all over the world, no matter what the language is. -Roy Horn

I was very fortunate that my first novel captivated the imaginations of so many readers who asked for a sequel. After that, one book led to another as I discovered other facets to my characters I wanted to investigate further. -Jennifer Chiaverini

I've always loved comic books. As a kid, I used to read cowboy stories and historical comics about other worlds, unknown places that would take me out of myself and which helped to develop my imagination. -James Herbert

I suppose I have an active imagination, and writing allows me to live it out. -Richard Paul Evans

I don't define myself as an actor at all. Nor is that my greatest passion in life by any stretch of the imagination. -Shenae Grimes

As a fiction writer, my favorite tools are my imagination and the peculiar opportunities offered by different points of view. -Stewart O'Nan

With me, writing is 60% imagination, 30% people you know and 10% you don't know where it comes from. -Terrence McNally

The World Series is played in my doubtless too-nostalgic imagination in some kind of autumn afternoon light, and seeing it exclusively in the bitter chill of midnight breaks the spell of even the best of games. -Adam Gopnik

I will never be one of the happy stupid that were born somewhere. This way of life is excellent for the imagination. It develops your paranoia. You feel paranoid when you don't understand a country, and being paranoiac is excellent for fiction. -Amelie Nothomb

I always wanted to be a writer, and I did want to be a novelist. In college I took a couple of classes that taught me I would never be a novelist. I discovered I had no imagination. My short stories were always thinly veiled memoir. -Anne Fadiman

Very seldom in my fiction have I directly used the stories people have told me. I think ripping off people's lives in fiction is dangerous. It also lacks imagination. -Colum McCann

Novels aren't pedagogical instruments, or instructions in law or physics or any other discipline. A novel has to be an emotional experience, a trip of the imagination, and because science has raised so many issues that concern and affect humans, it's a good starting place for me. -Alan Lightman

When I achieved the European record for reciting pi in 2004, this captured the imagination of Professor Simon Baron-Cohen in Cambridge, and he finally diagnosed me with Asperger's that year. -Daniel Tammet

If when we are taught English we are just taught the rules of grammar, it would take all our love of our language away from us. What makes us love a subject like English is when we learn all these fantastic stories. Feeding the imagination is what makes a subject come alive. -Daniel Tammet

I ask questions. I watch the world. And what I have discovered is that the parts of my fiction that people most tell me are 'unbelievable' are those that are most closely based on the real, those least diluted by my imagination. -Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My books are inert as cordwood till a reader's imagination ignites one and an old flame jumps to life. -David James Duncan

Literature is a beautiful way of keeping the imagination alive, of visiting worlds you would never have time to in your day-to-day life. It keeps you abreast of a wider spectrum of human activities. -Abraham Verghese

In an era of parental paranoia, lawsuit mania and testing frenzy, we are failing to inspire our children's curiosity, creativity, and imagination. We are denying them opportunities to tinker, discover, and explore – in short, to play. -Darell Hammond

Working with Scorsese was an absolute dream, and one of my favourite ever jobs was 'Beowulf' because it was just pure acting. Your imagination explodes as you try to imagine you're fighting a dragon or whatever. -Ray Winstone

So often, science fiction helps to get young people interested in science. That's why I don't mind talking about science fiction. It has a real role to play: to seize the imagination. -Michio Kaku

The advantage of writing from experience is that it often provides you with details that you would never think of yourself, no matter how rich your imagination. And specificity in description is something every writer should strive for. -Christopher Paolini

I'm just trying to write a good story, strictly from imagination. People just think it's random, they don't see the rewriting, phrasing of characters, choosing the words, bringing the world to light in which the characters live in. That creates an illusion that this is real. -Eric Jerome Dickey

London has always provided the landscape for my imagination. It becomes a character – a living being – within each of my books. -Peter Ackroyd

I have always believed that the material world is governed by nonmaterial sources, so that in that sense 'English Music' is an exercise in the spiritual as well as the material. I have always been attracted to the Gothic and spiritual imagination, and I've always been interested in visionaries. -Peter Ackroyd

It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit. -Peter Ackroyd

With a book called 'Keeping Score,' I really did want to write a book about the Korean War, because I felt that it is the least understood war in the American cultural imagination. So I set out with the idea that Americans didn't know much about the Korean War and that I was going to try to fix a tiny bit of that. -Linda Sue Park

Predating the Internet and predating videos, you had an active imagination. You would hear sounds and then get mental pictures of what these sounds felt like to you. It engaged you and made you more invested in it. It made you want to get tickets to the show, buy the album, put the poster on the wall. Now it's sensory overload. -Q-Tip

Speculators get a bad rap. In the popular imagination they're greedy, heedless, and amoral, adept at price manipulations and dirty tricks. In reality, they often play a key role in making markets run smoothly. -James Surowiecki

Mine is not an autonomous imagination. -Jay McInerney

For memory, we use our imagination. We take a few strands of real time and carry them with us, then like an oyster we create a pearl around them. -John Banville

Reading asks that you bring your whole life experience and your ability to decode the written word and your creative imagination to the page and be a co-author with the writer, because the story is just squiggles on the page unless you have a reader. -Katherine Paterson

The problem with people who are afraid of imagination, of fantasy, is that their world becomes so narrow that I don't see how they can imagine beyond what their senses can verify. We know from science that there are entire worlds that our senses can't verify. -Katherine Paterson

If you're so afraid of your imagination that you stifle it, how are you going to know God? How can you imagine heaven? -Katherine Paterson

I have always been fascinated by paleontology and prehistoric people, and I've always thought that one of the most intriguing moments in human history was the birth of artistic imagination. I always loved those cave paintings. -Kathryn Lasky

There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. -Kevin McCloud

The universe has a much greater imagination than we do, which is why the real story of the universe is far more interesting than any of the fairy tales we have invented to describe it. -Lawrence M. Krauss

Feynman once said, 'Science is imagination in a straitjacket.' It is ironic that in the case of quantum mechanics, the people without the straitjackets are generally the nuts. -Lawrence M. Krauss

I've always had this in a kind of worst-case dark imagination. I want to know what the dark form in the window is. I want to know what the noise under the staircase is. -Lisa Unger

I was a terrible athlete and a pretty bad student. I couldn't focus. My imagination was always racing. -Lisi Harrison

Writers and painters alike are in the business of consulting their own imaginations, and stimulating the imaginations of others. Together, and separately, they celebrate the absolute mystery of otherness. -Lynne Truss

I find my characters and stories in many varied places; sometimes they pop out of newspaper articles, obscure historical texts, lively dinner party conversations and some even crawl out of the dusty remote recesses of my imagination. -Lynn Nottage

I want to liberate my imagination and my mind with every kind of movie. That is what I wanted to do all my life. -Alejandro Jodorowsky

When I was a young person I went to the university and I learned a rational language, to think with the left side of the brain. But in the right side of the brain you have intuition and imagination. Words are not the truth; they indicate the way to go, but you need to go alone, in silence. Symbols have a language that kills the words. -Alejandro Jodorowsky

I'm trying to write poems that involve beginning at a known place, and ending up at a slightly different place. I'm trying to take a little journey from one place to another, and it's usually from a realistic place, to a place in the imagination. -Billy Collins

I do like to wrap things up and leave some things to the readers' imagination. -Rick Riordan

It's hard to say when my interest in writing began, or how. My mother read to my sister and me every night, and we always loved playing make-believe games. I had a well-primed imagination. I didn't start thinking about writing as a serious pursuit, a career I could have, until after college. -Sara Zarr

The winter solstice has always been special to me as a barren darkness that gives birth to a verdant future beyond imagination, a time of pain and withdrawal that produces something joyfully inconceivable, like a monarch butterfly masterfully extracting itself from the confines of its cocoon, bursting forth into unexpected glory. -Gary Zukav

The most important thing a pastor does is stand in a pulpit every Sunday and say, 'Let us worship God.' If that ceases to be the primary thing I do in terms of my energy, my imagination, and the way I structure my life, then I no longer function as a pastor. -Eugene H. Peterson

Life-writing calls for any number of dubious gifts: A touch of O.C.D., a lack of imagination, a large desk, neutrality of Swiss proportions, tactlessness, a high tolerance for archival dust. Most of all it calls for an act of displacement. 'To find your subject, you must in some sense lose yourself along the way,' is Richard Holmes's version. -Stacy Schiff

My proudest moment was probably when my oldest boy finished law school and went on to become an FBI agent. It was just beyond my imagination that – with my background – my own son would become an FBI agent. -Frank Abagnale

Nothing speaks louder than an evocative photograph that stirs the imagination, tugs at the heart strings and engages the mind. -Mark Carwardine

We humans lack imagination, to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow's important things will look like. -Nassim Nicholas Taleb

A great danger, or at least a great temptation, for many writers is to become too autobiographical in their approach to their fiction. A little autobiography and a lot of imagination are best. -Raymond Carver

We need to be politically engaged, but peculiar in how we engage. Jesus and the early Christians had a marvelous political imagination. They turned all the presumptions and ideas of power and blessing upside down. -Shane Claiborne

It is a great thing to have a big brain, a fertile imagination, grand ideals, but the man with these, bereft of a good backbone, is sure to serve no useful end. -George Matthew Adams

Much of a poet's experience takes place in imagination only; the life he tells is oftenest the life that he strongly desires to live, and the power, the purity and height of his utterance may not seldom be the greater because experience here uses the voices of desire. -George Edward Woodberry

I did not go to any creative writing workshop; I did not major in literature. If I can write, anyone can write. All it needs is imagination. -Vikas Swarup

I just love music – by no stretch of the imagination am I professionally competent. -Vikram Seth

The great liberty of the fictional writer is to let the imagination out of the traces and see it gallop off over the horizon. -Will Self

Sometimes good television doesn't depend on money, it depends on imagination and good people directing, casting and doing the job with talented people. -Elisabeth Sladen

History releases me from my own experience and jogs my fictional imagination. -Jennifer Gilmore

I think life is about having the mixture of the curiosity of an older person and the imagination of a child. -Daphne Guinness

Reading a book, watching a movie, going to a play, it's transporting, and very, very exciting. And to be a part of that, creating things with your imagination, whoa. -Steve Carell

From a very young age, stories fuelled my imagination in the most wonderful way. -Hayley Atwell

Pop music can get inside us and enter our memory bubbles. It provides those true Proustian moments, unlocking sensations, unlocking our imaginations. Music inspired me as a filmmaker. -Todd Haynes

I was a very religious child – I went to synagogue at least once, sometimes twice, a day. And I remember my religiousness as good – I think religion is good for children, especially educated children, because it allows for imagination, a whole imaginative world apart from the practical world. -Yehuda Amichai

As children, our imaginations are vibrant, and our hearts are open. We believe that the bad guy always loses and that the tooth fairy sneaks into our rooms at night to put money under our pillow. Everything amazes us, and we think anything is possible. We continuously experience life with a sense of newness and unbridled curiosity. -Yehuda Berg

It is quite amazing how hard the subconscious works when it is made to understand that this life is not a rehearsal, there is no safety net and no assurance of any final closure. It is also quite appalling to realize how catatonic the imagination can become when we hedge our bets, opt for the safer direction at every fork in the path. -John Burdett

I suspect that one of capitalism's crucial assets derives from the fact that the imagination of economists, including its critics, lags well behind its own inventiveness, the arbitrariness of its undertaking and the ruthlessness of the way in which it proceeds. -Zygmunt Bauman

It's because I'm a feminist that I can't stand women limiting other women's imaginations. It really makes me angry. -A. S. Byatt

In my early teens, science fiction and fantasy had an almost-total hold over my imagination. Their outcast status was part of their appeal. -Hari Kunzru

The imaginations of believers have dressed up and exaggerated the excellence of the style and matter of the New Testament generally, in the same manner, in which they have the moral instructions of Jesus. -Lysander Spooner

I think growing up on a farm in a certain amount of isolation, with not a lot of friends nearby, makes you entertain yourself and kind of grows your imagination – being alone is quite good for all that. You make up stories, talk to the animals, let them be an audience, a bunch of cows. -Kristen Schaal

I wanted to write something visual that I could read to the children. This was when I created the idea of Redwall Abbey in my imagination. As I wrote, the idea grew, and the manuscript along with it. -Brian Jacques

My favorite action movie growing up was 'Supergirl.' It wasn't good by any stretch of the imagination, but it was my favorite because I wanted to be her. I have a Supergirl tattoo. -Adrianne Palicki

One my favorite things is to go to the provinces of Russia and see the 18th century wood churches with the onion dome architecture. These humble wonders of incredible imagination of architects that were obviously not living in places like Paris or London, but they've created these amazing churches. -Andre Leon Talley

From stoplights to skyscrapers, turn anywhere in civilization and you will see imagination at work. It's in our inventions, advances and remedies and how a single parent masterminds each day. Imagination is boundless, surrounds us and resides in us all. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

In these times of stress, snark, division and despair, I still suspect that two of the most important features we possess are imagination and a capacity for goodness. Those are qualities for which we will be remembered most fondly. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

If humanity is being swallowed by a modern primitivism, imagination might be the thing that saves us all. -Geoffrey S. Fletcher

The cinema is there to heighten the imagination; I have always tried to make sure it does so. -Ken Adam

When I got large enough to go to work, while employed I was reflecting on many things that would present themselves to my imagination; and whenever an opportunity occurred of looking at a book, when the school-children were getting their lessons, I would find many things that the fertility of my own imagination had depicted to me before. -Nat Turner

The imagination of our children is blunted on television, and their thinking is done for them. -Stanley R. Jaffe

Some people have vivid imagination, some not so vivid, but everybody has vivid dreams. -Stephen LaBerge

I grew up believing my sister was from the planet Neptune and had been sent down to Earth to kill me. I believed this because my sister Emily convinced me of it when I was a toddler. I think she'd seen Invasion of the Body Snatchers and her imagination ran away with her. There's a part of me that still believes it. -Zooey Deschanel

I really like dating stories, like in Betty and Veronica comics; I like David Lynch and H.P. Lovecraft for the dark gut-wrenching stuff, and I'm inspired by Miyazaki's films for the subtle heart-warming moments, as well as the moments that blew up my imagination. -Fred Seibert

What I'm looking for is a self-promoting film; a movie which immediately gets people's imagination is something I can promote – a project which writes its own publicity. -Jeremy Thomas

I always liked the visuals to be choice and at the same time minimalist. And, I love black boxes. After all, that's what theatre is, it's an empty space, and it's both limited and unlimited because the space is the space, but what you can do with people's imaginations is really endless. -Harold Prince

Storybooks were always a big part of my imagination, and my childhood and adolescence. -Jesse Williams

Listen to great storytellers; slowly, you will learn about voice, timing, tension, structure, climax – all the things you need to tell stories that will capture the imagination of your audience. -Carmen Agra Deedy

Nobody knows why we're alive; so we all create stories based on our imagination of the world; and as a community, we believe in the same story. In India, every person believes his/ her own mythosphere to be real. Indian thought is obsessed with subjectivity; Greek thought with objectivity. -Devdutt Pattanaik

If you don't have imagination, you stop being human; animals don't have imagination; Alzheimer's is the death of imagination. -Devdutt Pattanaik

I am pretty scare-able. I guess that is why I like doing horror because my imagination can take me places. -Annabeth Gish

I've spent my life butting my head against other people's lack of imagination. -Nick Cave

In the broad sense, as a processing of everything one hears or witnesses, all fiction is autobiographical – imagination ground through the mill of memory. It's impossible to separate the two ingredients. -Rohinton Mistry

Being a kid and growing up is such a cool part of life. When you're young, you have no worries, no drama, only your imagination. It's the best! -Devon Werkheiser

I understand what it is to go through emotional trauma and retreat and go into the world of your imagination. I understand how art and music can be a place of safety in a world of reinvention. -Sam Taylor-Johnson

I did spend a lot of time as a child very confused about whether I had a devil in me, or whether I was in a state of grace. I mean, these ideas are so potent to anybody with half an imagination. -Antony Gormley

I feel like the Internet needs to be disarmed in some way. There needs to be a philosophical undermining of the Internet. We take it too seriously and too literally. For a reference we go to Wikipedia, which is full of inaccuracies and misinformation. It's kind of beautiful – it's all the product of imagination; it's not reality at all. -Sufjan Stevens

I've developed a theory that there's an inverse relationship between money and imagination. That if you've got lots of imagination then you don't really need much money, and if you've got lots of money then you won't bother with much imagination. -Alan Moore

I love audio books, and when I paint I'm always listening to a book. I find that my imagination really takes flight in the painting process when I'm listening to audio books. -Thomas Kinkade

My imagination was no competition for nature. -Jim Toomey

I would love to meet J.K. Rowling and tell her how much I admire her writing and am amazed by her imagination. I read every 'Harry Potter' book as it came out and looked forward to each new one. I am rereading them now with my kids and enjoying them every bit as much. She made me look at jelly beans in a whole new way. -Sheryl Sandberg

As a teenager, my father took me to the shows at the Architectural Association and to places like Milton Keynes back when it was first being built. But I couldn't find anything for me. There seemed to be despair at the possibility of the built environment possessing any imagination in the real world. -Thomas Heatherwick

My influences change all the time; they have to remain current, because they're the things that capture your imagination and make you want to go into the studio. -Wayne McGregor

Students are rewarded for memorization, not imagination or resourcefulness. -Sugata Mitra

Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life. -Samuel Ullman

Justice is to be found only in imagination. -Alfred Nobel

I'd rather excite the imagination of a legion of readers and make pennies from each of them than hold off for a larger chunk of change from only a handful of fans. -Hugh Howey

I am not by any stretch of the imagination a tidy person, and the piles of unread books on the coffee table and by my bed have a plaintive, pleading quality to me – 'Read me, please!' -Linda Grant

Growing up, my mom made us this amazing thing called The Mack Theatrical Wardrobe. It was a massive trunk filled with everything that you'd want as a kid if you were into imagination and play. -Allison Mack

I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else. -Dawn French

Cinema is a world of imagination. -Marjane Satrapi

I suspect that even most conservatives would prefer to live in the kind of world conjured up in the liberals' imagination rather than in the kind of world we are in fact stuck with. -Thomas Sowell

I'm always easily frightened and I hate being scared. I've never been able to go on the haunted house rides at carnivals of anything like that; my imagination just takes over! -Caity Lotz

Possessing a healthy imagination is a necessary ingredient for creativity. -Steve Vai

Being on a trapeze is like dreaming. I feel totally outside of myself when I'm flying. You know, designing shoes, my imagination is flying in my drawings. -Christian Louboutin

I would love to do a western. I would love to play an explorer. That is always something that has really captured my imagination since I was a kid, like James Cook or Magellan or Earnest Shackleton. -John C. Reilly

My approach as an actor has always been the same, in that the greatest gift that you're ever going to have is your imagination because you're not going to have all life experiences. So you draw on things that are sort of close to it but you spend your time expanding on it or drawing something specific on whatever your situation is. -Vince Vaughn

The most important innovators often don't need any technologies – just imagination and acute sensitivity to people's needs. -Geoff Mulgan

Games are the way we keep romance alive. They're based in human hardwiring. Playing hard-to-get or leaving a little to the imagination allows the woman to be wooed and appreciated and the man to be challenged and intrigued. -Helen Fisher

America gave the world the notion of the melting pot – an alchemical cooking device wherein diverse ethnic and religious groups voluntarily mix together, producing a new, American identity. And while critics may argue that the melting pot is a national myth, it has tenaciously informed the America's collective imagination. -Ivan Krastev

My name is Jarrett Krosoczka, and I write and illustrate books for children for a living. So I use my imagination as my full-time job. -Jarrett J. Krosoczka

For most of human history, there was a ruling class and then there was everybody else. If you were part of everybody else, it wasn't your job to imagine a different future, different ways of doing things. So, imagination is a fairly modern phenomenon. -Jay S. Walker

Most organizations do not value imagination, do not encourage it, do not reward it. In many cases, they don't even think about it. But if you're not thinking about imagination, I guarantee you're not going to have meaningful innovation. -Jay S. Walker

If you're a doctor, what do you promise to do? First, do no harm. If your operating philosophy is do no harm, that's not a call to imagination. Not only that, if I'm a patient, I don't want your imagination. I want what works. -Jay S. Walker

All of imagination – everything that we think, we feel, we sense – comes through the human brain. And once we create new patterns in this brain, once we shape the brain in a new way, it never returns to its original shape. -Jay S. Walker

I really like Kickstarter because you don't have to be a Medici to fund the arts and sciences or to get behind a big idea or a person that sparks your imagination. It's a type of microfunding directed toward creators. -Lisa Gansky

If we find it hard to believe that winning millions might not be so lucky after all, we just don't have a good enough imagination. If I fantasise about winning the lottery, it doesn't take long before all sorts of worrisome potential consequences occur to me. -Julian Baggini

All children start their school careers with sparkling imaginations, fertile minds, and a willingness to take risks with what they think. -Ken Robinson

Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. -Ken Robinson

Reality has always been too small for the human imagination. We're always trying to transcend. -Brenda Laurel

I learned in the computer game business early on that all senses are not equal. The best example is, you're listening to a radio play and you're driving down the road, and suddenly you realize you haven't seen the road in five minutes. It's because your visual cortex has been partying with your imagination, basically. -Brenda Laurel

I don't know about everyone else, but I really loved lunch and recess because it was an opportunity to get carried away with your imagination. -Dichen Lachman

Growing up in the country, you're left to the wilds of your imagination. -Cindy Williams

With any hallucinations, if you can do functional brain imagery while they're going on, you will find that the parts of the brain usually involved in seeing or hearing – in perception – have become super active by themselves. And this is an autonomous activity; this does not happen with imagination. -Oliver Sacks

There is no such thing as death; life is only a dream, and we are the imagination of ourselves. -Bill Hicks

I had a very active imagination as a kid, and I was constantly performing, whether I was making money doing it or not, whether it was on a stage in front of 1,000 people or in the living room in front of my family. -Laura Bell Bundy

Certainly, for younger guys, Superman is this mythological character that they've thought about and explored in their imaginations… But one thing I really like about Superman fans is that they're so open-minded and excited and honest. There's something beautiful about their enjoyment of it – something very Superman-like. -Henry Cavill

I believe that it's an author's job to cast his imagination into the far spaces. Your life should – and I think it's inescapable that it will – inform your work. I'm all for using anything that can make your art better, but your intuition should be an equal partner. -Brent Weeks

It's easier for me to write certain character types because of my own life experiences, but I find it too artistically limiting to only write about red-headed kids who grew up in small town Montana. That's really part of the fun of fantasy, I think. Our imagination is basically unlimited. Okay, that's a terrifying thing about fantasy, too. -Brent Weeks

As a little girl, my destiny was stamped onto the canvas of my imagination at 5 years old. I was watching soaps with my grandmother… The most gorgeous black women I had ever seen in my life came out, and I knew that that is what I wanted to do – be fabulous and black and on TV. -Niecy Nash

In acting, every day is different, and I guess it appeals to my storytelling imagination. But I've been very fortunate to get the chance to do what I want to do and earn a living from it to pay the mortgage. -Emilia Fox

My children have been all over the world, and I think it's so good for them: expanding their horizons and imagination and seeing how other people live. -Keeley Hawes

I often wonder why people remake movies. Is there just a lack of imagination out there that they can't come up with an original idea? -Michael Beck

I'm an actor. Whether I'm on stage, in front of a camera or a microphone, what I do is the same – although with videogames it requires a lot of imagination. -Nolan North

The really best acting is children in a playground or in a backyard. They're just lost in their imagination. The backyard isn't a pirate ship or a jungle, in the same way that the soundstage isn't Shambala. -Nolan North

I want to be on the screen, I want to play dress up every day, I want be different people, I want to have fun, and I want to use my imagination. -Skyler Samuels

I sort of jumped out of movies and into the lifeboat of comics. I loved it right away. It was the opposite of film school. Whatever was in my imagination could end up in the finished product. There were just no limitations. -Brian K. Vaughan

That was the appealing thing about comics: There literally is no budget in comics. You're only limited by your imagination. -Brian K. Vaughan

The imagination is a pretty precious source of protection. -Nicholas Ray

My hope is that this life is not all there is. This life is like preparation for what is coming next, and what is coming next is something so glorious that the Bible says minds can't conceive it, eye has never seen, your imagination could never even enter into all that God is preparing for those who love him. -Anne Graham Lotz

My maternal grandmother had what might be described in a school report as a 'lively imagination.' She told us that she was a direct descendant of Sir Christopher Wren. -Jeremy Hardy

It's the imagination that is involved in sci-fi, and fantasy is what draws me to it. Stories, everything. -Mark Sheppard

You always need that spark of imagination. Sometimes I'm midway through a book before it happens. However, I don't wait for the muse to descend, I sit down every day and I work when I'm not delivering lambs on the farm. -Barbara Kingsolver

When you're starting off as a young writer, you look at all the stuff that's gone before and the stuff that's influenced you, and you reach the ladle of your imagination into this bubbling stew pot of all of this stuff, and you pour it out. And that's where you start from. -Neil Gaiman

The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies. -Neil Gaiman

I'll tell you this: You have to remember to chase and catch your dreams, because if you don't, your imagination will live in empty spaces, and that's nowhere land. -Gary Busey

I discovered that my imagination came alive when I moved away from the immediate world around me. -Kazuo Ishiguro

There was part of me that wanted to see the world and travel to distant places, but I could only do it in my imagination, so I read ferociously and imagined things. -George R. R. Martin

I had this desire to see the world. I couldn't see any of it, but I saw it in my imagination, and that's why I always read books, and I could go to Mars or Middle Earth or the Hyborian age. -George R. R. Martin

In a rehearsal room, your real resource as an actor aren't the things around you; your resources are your imagination and your director and the other actors. In those close quarters, your imagination and your skills are what you turn to. -Stephen Lang

Your primary tools, as an actor, are observation and imagination. You can pretty much get everything you need from that, and you do. It brings back that element of pretend. -Stephen Lang

On some level, acting is the art of pretend, and you have to have a highly cultivated sense of imagination. You have to be able to see things that aren't there, no matter what aspect of acting, whether it's green screen, whether it's on stage, whether it's anything else, whether you're working on the radio. -Stephen Lang

One thing about 'Star Wars' that I'm really proud of is that it expands the imagination. That's why I like the 'Star Wars' toys. -George Lucas

I've always had a slightly overactive imagination. -Daniel Radcliffe

I feel very lucky to make a living from my imagination; I'm very grateful for that. I like that what I do is create. I'm feeling very lucky to have had the career I had. It's gone much longer and bigger than I ever thought it would be. -Steven Wright

People may think I'm trying something new by telling stories, but they're just jokes connected to give the illusion of stories. But really, I just continue using my imagination and creating. That's what I do. -Steven Wright

I just have a relationship with my imagination. It's like my friend, almost. -Steven Wright

Anything you put your mind to and add your imagination into can make your life a lot better and a lot more fun. -Taylor Swift

My imagination is a twisted place. -Taylor Swift

The suicide bomber's imagination leads him to believe in a brilliant act of heroism, when in fact he is simply blowing himself up pointlessly and taking other people's lives. -Salman Rushdie

It is literature which for me opened the mysterious and decisive doors of imagination and understanding. To see the way others see. To think the way others think. And above all, to feel. -Salman Rushdie

I do think of Bombay as my hometown. Those are the streets I walked when I was learning to walk. And it's the place that my imagination has returned to more than anywhere else. -Salman Rushdie

Teachers need to feel they are trusted. They must be allowed some leeway to use their imagination; otherwise, teaching loses all sense of wonder and excitement. -Alan Bennett

Everything you do on set is directly related to your imagination when you read the script for the first time. -Ewan McGregor

I like crafts that come out of poverty or necessity. There used to be hobby shops where you'd get your supplies, and then you'd use your imagination. -Amy Sedaris

You think in a different way when you don't have any money. The joy of poverty is that you use your imagination to come up with stuff. -Amy Sedaris

I tend to like to read history – recent history, because I find that much more intriguing than just a writer's imagination. -Jesse Ventura

I know there's been a lot that's been said about animated voice work, as though it's 'you can do this in your jeans and there's no camera and no pressure there. It's no big deal. It's easy.' The truth is, it's really a great test: how deep is your ability is to access your imagination? -Nicolas Cage

Science fiction is a way that I can go into the abstract, go into the imagination, and audiences are still willing to go along for the ride. -Nicolas Cage

Actors, their greatest tool, their greatest resource is imagination. You can take things, power objects, you can recruit your dreams, you can access your memories and get there. So the idea is not to act but to just be. -Nicolas Cage

Often you hear stories about never working with children. I disagree because children still have that residual magical thinking. They haven't had their imagination knocked out of them by turning into adults and life experiences. -Nicolas Cage

My problem is that my imagination won't turn off. I wake up so excited I can't eat breakfast. I've never run out of energy. It's not like OPEC oil; I don't worry about a premium going on my energy. It's just always been there. I got it from my mom. -Steven Spielberg

I just had a crazy, wild imagination all my life, and science fiction is the greatest outlet for me. -Steven Spielberg

The one thing emphasized in any creative writing course is 'write what you know,' and that automatically drives a wooden stake through the heart of imagination. If they really understood the mysterious process of creating fiction, they would say, 'You can write about anything you can imagine.' -Tom Robbins

I grew up in Sierra Leone, in a small village where as a boy my imagination was sparked by the oral tradition of storytelling. At a very young age I learned the importance of telling stories – I saw that stories are the most potent way of seeing anything we encounter in our lives, and how we can deal with living. -Ishmael Beah

I live in words. I like looking at things, but I don't have a strong visual imagination. -Colm Toibin

I have more of a vivid imagination than I have talent. I cook up ideas. It's just a characteristic. -Francis Ford Coppola

J.K. Rowling is a talented storyteller, but she has also used the style and technique of modern television and cinema media, which seizes the imagination by pummelling it, bombarding it with powerful stimuli, in a rapid pace, with plenty of emotional rewards. -Michael O'Brien

I've always had a really active imagination. Lots of kids have imaginary friends. Mine just took on a rather demonic form. -Claire Danes

Like a blazing comet, I've traversed infinite nights, interstellar spaces of the imagination, voluptuousness and fear. -Antonio Tabucchi

I learned a long time ago that reality was much weirder than anyone's imagination. -Hunter S. Thompson

The best things that capture your imagination are ones you hadn't thought of before and that aren't talked about in the news all the time. -Steve Wozniak

I like trying to make sounds that are interesting and are a bit weird. I try to make music that captures people's imaginations. -Sampha

It's not just that reporting gives you a bigger slice of life, gives – lends verisimilitude to what you are doing – it's that it feeds the imagination. -Tom Wolfe

It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-Level art, a twisted imagination and a chainsaw. -Damien Hirst

When you gaze at stars and think about planets, the places it takes your imagination are amazing! You look up the sky, and you know the stars have always been here; they were referenced in biblical times and have always been present. They are somewhere up there in the future, and they guide you; they make you feel safe. -Sarah Brightman

I don't feel there's any reason to apologise for having a wicked imagination. I think it's important as a maker of fantasy and of horror. -Clive Barker

The domestic lives we live – which may be accidental, or not entirely of our making – help to make possible our writing lives; our imaginations are freed, or stimulated, by the very prospect of companionship, quiet, a predictable and consoling routine. -Joyce Carol Oates

As a former high school teacher and a student in a class of 60 urchins at St. Brigid's grammar school, I know that education is all about discipline and motivation. Disadvantaged students need extra attention, a stable school environment, and enough teacher creativity to stimulate their imaginations. Those things are not expensive. -Bill O'Reilly

I think human beings will always still really enjoy using our imaginations, and 'Fringe' allows you to do that. It's slightly scary and believable. There just might be an alternate universe. There just might be people on the other side that are like us, living a different life. -Jill Scott

Nature's imagination is so boundless compared to our own meager human imagination. -James Cameron

I think that being read to every night is the reason why I was plowing through volume after volume of 'Nancy Drew' books all by myself by the time I reached the first grade. I loved stories. I loved the escape. I had a vivid imagination. -Rachel Nichols

I'm attracted to stories that excite my imagination, stories that, as I'm reading the script, I feel it, I can see it, I can hear the characters. I'm attracted to characters that are real, that tap into something inside me that I haven't explored yet. -Tatiana Maslany

I've always been interested in technology, but specifically how we can use machines to engage the imagination. I started using computers when I was young and was fascinated by creating rules and instructions that allow a computer to engage in a dialogue with humans. The stories found in the data all around us can do just that. -Aaron Koblin

I think artists can influence only through making music that challenges people, excites them and flips them out. Music that repeats what you know in ever-decreasing derivation, that's unchallenging and unstimulating, deadens our minds, our imagination and our ability to see beyond the hell we find ourselves in. -Thom Yorke

I do not stick to rules when cooking. I rely on my imagination. -Akshay Kumar

I don't need a fantasy life as once I did. That is the life of the imagination that I had a great need for. Films were the perfect means for satisfying that need. -Olivia De Havilland

There's the tradition of the 19th-century ballets, and the 20th century has had a difficult time with that tradition. And it's had a difficult time with many components of the Romantic imagination because of modernism. -Twyla Tharp

Mostly, I straddle reality and the imagination. My reality needs imagination like a bulb needs a socket. My imagination needs reality like a blind man needs a cane. -Tom Waits

I have always felt that the truth is prophetic, and that if you describe precisely what you see and give it life with your imagination, then what you write ought to have lasting value, no matter what the mood of your prose. -Paul Theroux

Many scientists think that philosophy has no place, so for me it's a sad time because the role of reflection, contemplation, meditation, self inquiry, insight, intuition, imagination, creativity, free will, is in a way not given any importance, which is the domain of philosophers. -Deepak Chopra

Karma is experience, and experience creates memory, and memory creates imagination and desire, and desire creates karma again. If I buy a cup of coffee, that's karma. I now have that memory that might give me the potential desire for having cappuccino, and I walk into Starbucks, and there's karma all over again. -Deepak Chopra

I've always been a history buff. It was one of the few subjects at school that really, really caught me. I think you'll find a lot of actors will be interested in history because it sparks your imagination so much. When you enter a period of history, your imagination just goes wild in creating the world, which is really what acting is. -Tom Mison

I'm not writing non-fiction. I don't feel anything about me as a kid was unique. Except that I had more interest in being alone and using my imagination. -John Irving

Art is about imagination. When you look at a picture from Salvador Dali, that's about imagination. When you look at Picasso, that's about imagination. Doing stuff from your heart. -LL Cool J

I saw that publishing all over the world was deeply constrained by self-censorship, economics and political censorship, while the military-industrial complex was growing at a tremendous rate, and the amount of information that it was collecting about all of us vastly exceeded the public imagination. -Julian Assange

If you're trying to learn how to act from a class, you're analyzing the teachers' movements and their intricacies, and it becomes like a pantomime of you wanting to be them, and that's wrong. Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin. It's your own imagination, and your own version of it. -Shia LaBeouf

Scientists and philosophers tend to treat knowledge, imagination and love as if they were all very separate parts of human nature. But when it comes to children, all three are deeply entwined. Children learn the truth by imagining all the ways the world could be, and testing those possibilities. -Alison Gopnik

What better way to expand your imagination than to read! -Laura Marano

Businessmen are not in business to lose customers, and schools do not exist to free their clients from the agencies of mass persuasion. School and media possess a productive monopoly upon the imagination of a child. -Jonathan Kozol

Many in the creative professions were nerds in their pasts because they spent so long reading comics and using their imaginations when they were growing up. -Jim Lee

I have a good imagination. Look, I know what it feels like to have a broken heart. I know what it feels like to feel something for somebody. I'm just too weird to be in a relationship. -Diane Warren

Once, America's size in the imagination was limitless. After Europeans settled and changed it, working from the coasts inland, its size in the imagination shrank. -Ian Frazier

Writers to some extent are childish, and it's at the childish level that one really engages with any experience. What really moves you is at the very personal, childish level of the imagination. My business is the imagination, and my imagination is engaged by Asia. -Christopher Koch

Science is imagination in the service of the verifiable truth, and that service is indeed communal. It cannot be rigidly planned. Rather, it requires freedom and courage and the plural contributions of many different kinds of people who must maintain their individuality while giving to the group. -Gerald Edelman

When you read a book, you create that tonal bandwidth. You set a tone for yourself, as you're reading it, in which everything exists within the world of your imagination. -Nina Jacobson

Whether as victim, demon, or hero, the industrial worker of the past century filled the public imagination in books, movies, news stories, and even popular songs, putting a grimy human face on capitalism while dramatizing the social changes and conflicts it brought. -George Packer

For those who have obtained unobstructed knowledge of Self, the world is seen merely as a bondage causing imagination. -Ramana Maharshi

I think when your imagination goes to work, and when you're first bullied, you feel like you're going to die. School becomes a war zone, and you can't function. -Michael Steger

The greatest gift you have been given is the gift of your imagination – what do you dream of wanting to do? -Amanda Lindhout

Certainly I was a very religious child, a deeply weird and very emotional child, an only child with lots of imaginary friends and a very active imagination. I loved Sunday school and Bible camp and all that. I had my own white Bible with Jesus' words printed in red in the text; I even spoke at youth revivals. -Lee Smith

Your heart will be shattered by sorrow if you force it to live in tomorrow's ephemeral imagination – world instead of in today's eternal reality – now. -Sri Chinmoy

You have to really stretch your imagination to infer what the intrinsic value of Bitcoin is. I haven't been able to do it. Maybe somebody else can. -Alan Greenspan

People's imagination is the most effective tool in creating terror or dread. -Matt Reeves

All art, from the paintings on the walls of cave dwellers to art created today, is autobiographical because it comes from the secret place in the soul where imagination resides. -Gloria Vanderbilt

A work of fiction is conceived very much the same way as a dream occurs in the mind of a sleeper. But a lot of it is imagination. It's not based on real people. -Gloria Vanderbilt

Reducing and reusing take nothing more than a rethink on the way we shop, and using our imagination with the things that we might once have considered junk. -Sheherazade Goldsmith

Agnes Varda changed my view of cinema; she directs from an artistic point of view, and a film is most of all the expression of an artistic director. I learnt to enter the world and the imagination of a director. -Julie Gayet

The idea of love as a mysterious, undiscovered world has come to have no place in our innermost imagination. -John Cassavetes

I'm the youngest of four, but my closest sibling is 10 years older. I had a lot of imagination. I was running around playing little games by myself. But I never thought I was going to be an actor. -Daniel Breaker

I like the notion of making stuff up or letting your imagination go away with you. -Stevie Jackson

Let's be clear – for people like me, who are obsessed with story and for whom words are their medium, writing is the best job possible. I work hard, but I earn more than the national average wage while I play with my imagination, and for me, that's a dream. -Sara Sheridan

What is the real purpose behind the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus? They seem like greater steps toward faith and imagination, each with a payoff. Like cognitive training exercises. -Chuck Palahniuk

As a boy, the very words 'Liberty Bell' and 'Independence Hall' fired my imagination and made a profound and lasting impression on my mind. Throughout my struggle to secure national freedom for China, I have continuously dreamed of the day when she would assume the full stature of an independent, democratic nation. -Chiang Kai-shek

I was a shy child, and when I was 13, I started wearing braces on my teeth. I used to be acutely self-conscious, and I think writing was a way of withdrawing into my own imagination. -Samantha Shannon

On a radio drama, I'd like to feel that I had just as much chance of playing Mr. Darcy as anyone else because I can sound like him, yet many radio producers find it very difficult to extend their imaginations to employing anyone who's non-white. -Sanjeev Bhaskar

For novelists, the imagination is everything. The trick is to guide one's imagination using research. I love using old maps. When I wrote my novels on London and New York, I found wonderful historical atlases. Paris has the most lavish maps of all. -Edward Rutherfurd

I think it reflects well on the state of animation that people are knowledgeable about it and love the fantasy and imagination that goes into it. -Bill Plympton

There is rap music in all my films. In 'La Vie des Morts,' there is rap music too. It's because I'm French, and when it appeared in 1978, it was so new, it set off my musical imagination. -Arnaud Desplechin

People are powerfully moved by imagination, belief, and knowledge. They can consider the past and future. They can make changes in their behavior out of reason in a way that animals can't do. -Gretchen Rubin

I used to write stories a lot because you had to fill your hours some other way than watching television. So my imagination was vivid, and I used to write a lot of stories. I wrote a novel, which I still have, which is so awful. -Robert Osborne

There's something magical about a home run. It almost violates the space of the stadium. It's a game of the imagination in some ways. Baseball. -Alex Gibney

I would love to go back to any time in European history, especially in Irish history, to the second or third century, prior to the arrival of Christianity when Paganism flourished. I can always go back there in my imagination, of course. It doesn't cost anything, and it's a form of time travel, I suppose. -Gabriel Byrne

When you're running around and playing, it's amazing ground for imagination, and that's really the biggest muscle you need for anything in the arts. I think it's probably the biggest training I've had. -Josh Cooke

My manic depression was ravaging my life, but because nobody could see it, many people thought it was a figment of my imagination. -Andy Behrman

I'm asked all the time, 'Doesn't it feel great to finish the novel?' And the answer to that is, 'No.' It's sort of a loss to stop a 10-year project, which is an imaginary project in the sense that it's a work of my imagination. -Bob Shacochis

In summation, like your beloved pet rock, Twitter is useful only in your imagination. -David Harsanyi

For me, it's always a failure of the imagination. I have that anxiety that time is passing, that everything is ultimately fleeting and impermanent. I better take advantage of every single moment. -Jason Silva

The history of Guitar Hero is pretty spectacular. Really, I don't know of another franchise that has captured the imagination of the world so quickly and so powerfully and so positively in such a short period of time. -Dan Rosensweig

I want to reach the heights of stardom beyond my imagination. -Ranbir Kapoor

I don't think most books can be justifiably translated on screen. The film versions can't convey the right emotion, fuel your imagination or allow you to visualise every line the way books do. -Sonam Kapoor

I didn't like Barbie dolls, so I used to have this overactive imagination, and I used to pretend to be all these different things. My weird childhood fetishes seem to have come to life now as an actor. -Sonam Kapoor

My mom would always read a book to me at night from when I was three. Now, I can't go to sleep without reading a book. At the same time, once I read, it's difficult for me to go to sleep, as I have an overactive imagination and I start thinking. -Sonam Kapoor

Sometimes, to stimulate your imagination you have to be careful you don't have too much information. You can Google something, and it's in your face, pow! You don't have time to dream any more about it. -Dries van Noten

'Fright Night' I can just about deal with. Because the original is such a 1980s extravaganza. Which is a good thing. Obviously. But something like 'The Others' or anything psychological: I'm no good with that. I don't like it when there's space for me to use my imagination. -Imogen Poots

I have fallen in love with the imagination. And if you fall in love with the imagination, you understand that it is a free spirit. It will go anywhere, and it can do anything. -Alice Walker

To create a new standard, it takes something that's not just a little bit different; it takes something that's really new and really captures people's imagination, and the Macintosh, of all the machines I've ever seen, is the only one that meets that standard. -Bill Gates

I believe in all of these Irish myths, like leprechauns. Not the pot of gold, not the Lucky Charms leprechauns. But maybe was there something in the traditional sense? I believe that this stuff came from somewhere other than people's imaginations. -Megan Fox

Scientists have to have a metaphor. All scientists start with imagination. -Ray Bradbury

Collecting facts is important. Knowledge is important. But if you don't have an imagination to use the knowledge, civilization is nowhere. -Ray Bradbury

When I was seven or eight years old, I began to read the science-fiction magazines that were brought by guests into my grandparents' boarding house in Waukegan, Illinois. Those were the years when Hugo Gernsback was publishing 'Amazing Stories,' with vivid, appallingly imaginative cover paintings that fed my hungry imagination. -Ray Bradbury

I do think imagination is enormously valuable, and that children should be encouraged in their imagination. That's very true. -Richard Dawkins

Hunger, inadequate medical care, poor housing, and inferior schools are enemies of the sense of wonder. It is easier and less expensive in the long run to prevent a loss of imagination by providing adequate nutrition, housing, medical care, and schooling than it is to try to restore that loss. -Margaret Geller

The gift of a writer as good as Dickens is not to explain everything; that way, the reader has, in terms of their imagination, somewhere to go. -Ronald Frame

A writer's life suits me. It's fairly, well, other people might think it was actually rather dull, but that's fine because I feel that my imagination is enough to kind of keep me happy. -Ronald Frame

Most cocktails containing liquor are made today with gin and ingenuity. In brief, take an ample supply of the former and use your imagination. For the benefit of a minority, it is courteous to serve chilled fruit juice in addition to cocktails made with liquor. -Irma S. Rombauer

'Dark Shadows' was the spark that lit the fire of my childhood imagination. It wasn't polished; it wasn't perfect. But it gave us characters with real personalities and complicated motivations. -William J. Mann

We have the universe to roam in in imagination. It is our virtue to be infinitely varied. The worst tyranny is uniformity. -George William Russell

Education must be aimed at creating a wider imagination in the child, not at suppressing. The child's mind must be set free. -Henry Williamson

Authors are ordinary people who usually start to live apart, in the imagination, because they don't fit in with normal, healthy people. -Henry Williamson

I can be fascinated with very little things. The clouds stimulate my imagination, and sometimes I just sit somewhere and go on dreaming for a long time. Your head is also a computer. When you're dreaming, you are simulating a world in which you are living. -Theo Jansen

There's a lot of imagination in Asia, and I believe that the next Google will come from there, and the next Pixar. I believe that the great new media companies will come out of Asia and surpass the big media conglomerates that exist right now in the West. -Shekhar Kapur

'Super 8' was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fun working with J.J. Abrams, who I think is a kid in a grown man's body, which is a great ingredient for any artist in our business. You have to be a kid at heart to be able to make believe, and his imagination is phenomenal. -Glynn Turman

My reading and drawing drew me away from the ordinary interests, and I lived a great deal in the world of imagination, feeding upon any book that fell into my hands. When I had got hold of a really thick book like Hugo's 'Les Miserables,' I was happy and would go off into a corner to devour it. -Jacob Epstein

I like to focus on making the music sound simple and true, and very lush and full. I think music should take you to somewhere else where you have the space to contemplate or exercise your imagination. All the while you should be feeling real good, like when you have a delicious and decadent meal, macaroni and cheese or foie gras. -Alice Smith

When I think of Camelot, I think of the castle in France where we film, but I think it's wrong to lock it down to one place because it's all part of our imagination. They are legends for a reason. Their stories have endured for hundreds of years and, hopefully, they will for hundreds of years to come. -Colin Morgan

By no stretch of the imagination can you describe me as a Wall Street lawyer. If you're going to do that, you'd have to say that 7,500 people who work here in Southwestern Pennsylvania for the Bank of New York Mellon with good family jobs are Wall Streeters. -Keith Rothfus

To me, stretching the capabilities of my imagination is a crucial aspect of writing fiction; you could think of it as a mental form of athleticism. -Julia Glass

Because some of my at-home life was rough and lonely, I often looked to escape into my imagination. Science fiction provided a deep well to pull from and was something easily accessible to me. -Keahu Kahuanui

I simply believe food is too good to throw away – and Christmas leftovers can be a gastronomic opportunity for the well-skilled kitchen forager. With a little imagination, there are a million ways to use up leftovers rather than bin them. -Tristram Stuart

Who cares about the men who steered your breakfast cereal through winter storms? How ironic that the more ships have grown in size and consequence, the less space they take up in our imagination. -Rose George

The more ships have grown in size and consequence, the more their place in our imagination has shrunk. -Rose George

I see all these people talking about acting as a great spiritual thing. It's not. There's no great mystery to acting. It's a very simple thing to do, but you have to work hard at it. It's about asking questions and using your imagination. -Eddie Marsan

You have a dream 35 years ago – doesn't come to fruition, but you move on with life. But it's somewhere back there. Then you turn 60, and your mom just dies, and you're looking for something. And the dream comes waking out of your imagination. -Diana Nyad

I don't have a great imagination to share something with you that you don't know, so it's about interpreting things – a dialogue. -Nate Lowman

Women exist in my imagination. So they are necessarily a type of abstraction. Many women criticise me for this vision, but I explain to them it's to be expected, because I am a man. -Bruno Dumont

I sometimes wish I had been educated a Catholic, in order to unite the poetry of religion with its higher principles. Are they necessarily inseparable? Is man really so much of a philosopher, that he can conceive of truth in its abstract purity, and divest life and the affections of all the aids of the imagination? -James Fenimore Cooper

The glamour of air travel – its aspirational meaning in the public imagination – disappeared before its luxury did, dissipating as flying gradually became commonplace. -Virginia Postrel

The theater itself is a lie. Its deaths are mere special effects. Its tales never happened. Even the histories are distorted for dramatic effect. The theater is unnatural, a place of imagination. But the theater tells the audience something true: that the world requires judgments. -Virginia Postrel

The innovative process is a fragile one, dependent on a complex, often messy interplay of imagination, competition, and exchange. Curbing new ideas hurts not only individual creators but the audience for which they create and the posterity that inherits their legacy. -Virginia Postrel

The difference between the Parthenon and the World Trade Center, between a French wine glass and a German beer mug, between Bach and John Philip Sousa, between Sophocles and Shakespeare, between a bicycle and a horse, though explicable by historical moment, necessity, and destiny, is before all a difference of imagination. -Guy Davenport

No two dramatists think or write alike. Ten thousand playwrights can take the same premise, as they have done since Shakespeare, and not one play will resemble the other except in the premise. Your knowledge, your understanding of human nature, and your imagination will take care of that. -Lajos Egri

I always have this imagination, something I want to use. I don't understand the idea of leisure time. -Cher Wang

The ability to recognize opportunities and move in new – and sometimes unexpected – directions will benefit you no matter your interests or aspirations. A liberal arts education is designed to equip students for just such flexibility and imagination. -Drew Gilpin Faust

To say that such-and-such a circumstance is 'Kafkaesque' is to admit to the denigration of an imagination that has burned a hole in what we take to be modernism – even in what we take to be the ordinary fabric and intent of language. Nothing is like 'The Hunger Artist.' Nothing is like 'The Metamorphosis.' -Cynthia Ozick

I don't agree with the sentiment 'write what you know.'… I think one should write what one doesn't know. The world is bigger and wider and more complex than our small subjective selves. One should prod, goad the imagination. -Cynthia Ozick

An essay is a thing of the imagination. If there is information in an essay, it is by-the-by, and if there is an opinion, one need not trust it for the long run. A genuine essay rarely has an educational, polemical, or sociopolitical use; it is the movement of a free mind at play. -Cynthia Ozick

I was an only child until I was 14, and there were no other kids around the area really. So I spent a lot of time on my own in the fields or by the lake, with just my imagination for company. I suppose I never wanted to let that part of me go. -Jack Reynor

The desire of God's heart is immeasurably larger than our imaginations can conjure. -Greg Boyle

Great leaders communicate a vision that captures the imagination and fires the hearts and minds of those around them. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

Experience teaches that when the will and imagination are in conflict, the imagination usually wins. What we imagine may defeat our reason and make us slaves to what we taste, see, hear, smell, and feel in the mind's eye. The body is indeed the servant of the mind. -Joseph B. Wirthlin

'The Spy Who Came in from the Cold' was the work of a wayward imagination brought to the end of its tether by political disgust and personal confusion. -John le Carre

Like every novelist, I fantasise about film. Novelists are not equipped to make a movie, in my opinion. They make their own movie when they write: they're casting, they're dressing the scene, they're working out where the energy of the scene is coming from, and they're also relying tremendously on the creative imagination of the reader. -John le Carre

Some music comes from a real place; some music comes from your imagination. It's difficult to find out what's real and what's not, especially with the gangster stuff. -Ice T

Whenever I am not traveling during the winter, I am pushing hard in the gym. Even when I am traveling, I try to fit a workout in at the hotel. And if the hotel doesn't have a gym? You can get a good workout in your room with an exercise band and some imagination. -Charlie Kimball

I spend a lot of time practicing active imagination before I go to sleep. What I'm feeling will manifest as images through active imagination. And then I go to sleep, and those play out even more in my dreams. -Jeff Mangum

The aspect of kind of living in your imagination and creating a more romantic vision of the world than the reality that you're given – that's definitely something I can sort of relate to. -Alden Ehrenreich

English is really free for me; there's no limits to the music and the imagination. And French, it's just I live in Paris, and it's really a poetic language where you can really play with words. -Yael Naim

As a kid, we had one television channel and a sad little roller rink. And there was not much else to do. So I used my imagination all of the time growing up. That's the main way I played. When we moved and I went to high school, I did my first play, and I was completely addicted to theatre. It felt like home; it felt natural. -Darby Stanchfield

I'll be happy if I can gain even the smallest place inside the literary imagination of U.S. readers. -Elliot Perlman

Your imagination is your most important tool as an actor, as cheesy as that sounds. -Jane Levy

I really don't know where my interest in death comes from. Maybe I've just got a twisted imagination. The truth is, I haven't had a hugely eventful life – maybe I'm compensating in my creative life. Or maybe I'm just a bit sick. -Laura Wade

We want to galvanize people's imaginations. With enough political will and investment, we could make wheelchairs obsolete. -Miguel Nicolelis

There seems to be a real taste for the fantastical these days. People like to get back into their imaginations. Maybe there's something a little nostalgic about 'Grimm' and the fairy tales that they grew up with. And it's a very unique approach to the procedural side of things. -Sasha Roiz

Films are dreams. Many, many critics say to me that my films are not good because they are too unbelievable, but this is my style. I tell stories like they are dreams. This is my imagination. For me, it would be impossible to do a film that is so precise, that resembles real life. -Dario Argento

I take for granted that for the imaginative writer, the exercise of the imagination is part of the basic process of coping with reality, just as actors need to act all the time to make up for some deficiency in their sense of themselves. -J. G. Ballard

There's a logic today that places a greater value on celebrity the less it is accompanied by actual achievement. I don't think it's possible to touch people's imagination today by aesthetic means. -J. G. Ballard

I felt the pressure of imagination against the doors of my mind was so great that they were going to burst. -J. G. Ballard

It was a very idyllic childhood, surrounded by utterly beautiful landscapes that I got very, very bored of when I hit my teens. But being on your own a lot and being bored is good for your imagination. It makes it stretch. -Jessica Raine

It's easier for a kid to have fun and have an imagination. -Greg Cipes

I like to build a character, trying to stretch my imagination as far to the walls of my brain as I can to come up with something that feels truthful and feels real – as close to the skin as I can get it. -Uzo Aduba

I think of myself as a little kid, and I had a wild imagination, but it was something that was encouraged and supported, which helped steer me into the arts. -Uzo Aduba

There was always that kind of imagination in our house, which was always a little crazy. -Kate Micucci

Self-awareness is not the same thing as self-approval, any more than imagination is the same thing as day-dreaming. -Francis Spufford

I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination – poets in particular. -Seamus Heaney

The faking of feelings is a sin against the imagination. -Seamus Heaney

I have a visual imagination. -Sylvia Plath

People who work with me think I should cut my hair. They say casting directors are less likely to hire me with long hair – that they don't have imaginations and can't picture me looking normal. People literally have conference calls about my head when I'm not around. I mean, obviously I would cut my hair for an amazing part. -Rory Culkin

I'm in this really cool place in my career, where the stage I'm on that night, whether it's the Paisley tour, the CMT tour, or a bar with 10 people in it, it is the most important show I've ever played in my life. I go to the ends of my imagination to do something that's unforgettable every night. -Charlie Worsham

As opposed to putting too much confidence in myself, or in an image or a scene or a set of brushes, I really want to allow the oil paint to perform, to show me the things that it wants to do, beyond my imagination. -Dan Colen

You have to really use your imagination to refresh your daily life. -Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt

My daughter has a vivid imagination, and so does my son. -Nicole Ari Parker

Every parent knows this moment in a child's age when he or she needs your attention in a very specific way because it's the beginning and ending of the early life of imagination. It's such a responsibility. -Nicole Ari Parker

It's the idea that anticipation is as scary as anything in a movie could be. People's imagination is the most effective tool in creating terror or dread. -Matt Reeves

It's certainly not a shock to find that the industry has no imagination. I think people don't know what it is I do. Because half the time you're talking to people who are in their 20s, and I've been doing this for over 25 years. -Nathan Lane

Writing is more about imagination than anything else. I fell in love with words. I fell in love with storytelling. -Pat Conroy

I became a novelist because of 'Gone With the Wind,' or more precisely, my mother raised me up to be a 'Southern' novelist, with a strong emphasis on the word 'Southern' because 'Gone With the Wind' set my mother's imagination ablaze when she was a young girl growing up in Atlanta. -Pat Conroy

I can't separate the process of writing from the visual process. I'm speaking only for myself here, but I'm a highly visual writer. In my imagination, when I'm thinking of a scene, I think of every last detail of it: The space, the color palette, the blocking of the actors, the placement of the camera. -Stephen Gaghan

I've learned that guns are exceptionally challenging to use effectively, with a power that must be respected. But mostly what I've learned is that they're a lot of fun, and dangerously appealing to an active imagination. -Trieste Kelly Dunn

The general effect of viewing 'Jumanji' is thrilling. I was able to see on film a thing that at one point had only existed in my imagination. I got to see the images from my book come alive. -Chris Van Allsburg

Be bored and see where it takes you, because the imagination's dusty wilderness is worth crossing if you want to sculpt your soul. -Nancy Gibbs

I consider myself very fortunate indeed to have created a character which has captured the imagination and enthusiasm of so many children worldwide. They are my family, and Spot belongs to them all. -Eric Hill

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