Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.

John Lennon

Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.

George Bernard Shaw

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

Charles F. Kettering

An idea is salvation by imagination.

Frank Lloyd Wright

The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power.

John Ruskin

They imagine they're the wave of the future, but it's only sewage flowing downhill.

Lois McMaster Bujold

Imagination decides everything.

Blaise Pascal

There is nothing more dreadful than imagination without taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Imagination is more important than knowledge...

Albert Einstein

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

Albert Einstein

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

Albert Einstein

Imagination allows us to escape the predictable. It enables us to reply to the common wisdom that we cannot soar by saying, "Just watch!"

Bill Bradley

The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for them everything is possible.

Alexander Chase

Imagination, which is the Eldorado of the poet and of the novel-writer, often proves the most pernicious gift to the individuals who compose the talkers instead of the writers in society.

Marguerite Blessington

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

The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.

Toni Morrison

There is an astonishing imagination, even in the science of mathematics... We repeat, there was far more imagination in the head of Archimedes than in that of Homer.


My imagination makes me human and makes me a fool; it gives me all the world and exiles me from it.

Ursula K. LeGuin

Imagination is like a lofty building reared to meet the sky - fancy is a balloon that soars at the wind's will.

Frank Gelett Burgess

Quarrels often arise in marriages when the bridal gifts are excessive.


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

Adam M. Smith

Imagination, industry, and intelligence - "the three I s" - are all indispensable to the actress, but of these three the greatest is, without doubt, imagination.

Kitty O'neill Collins

Memory feeds imagination.

Amy Tan

Imagination is not something apart and hermetic, not a way of leaving reality behind; it is a way of engaging reality.

Irving Howe

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

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

Mark Twain

Imagination is the first faculty wanting in those that do harm to their kind.

Margaret Oliphant

Imagination is a very precise thing, you know-it is not fantasy; the man who invented the wheel while he was observing another man walking-that is imagination!

Jacques Lipchitz

The life of man is the true romance, which when it is valiantly conduced, will yield the imagination a higher joy than any fiction.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The imagination equips us to perceive reality when it is not fully materialized.

Mary Richards

Life's like a movie, write your own ending. Keep believing, keep pretending.

Jim Henson

Political image is like mixing cement. When it's wet, you can move it around and shape it, but at some point it hardens and there's almost nothing you can do to reshape it.

Walter F. Mondale

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

Imagine that the blackboard is an N-dimensional manifold.

Hal Varian

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

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.

Lauren Bacall

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

Imagination! Imagination! I put it first years ago, when I was asked what qualities I thought necessary for success on the stage.

Ellen Terry

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

Carl Jung

Imagination is a quality given to man to compensate for what he is not, and a sense of humaor is provided to console him from what he is.

Oscar Wilde

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

Leonardo da Vinci

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

Edgar Allan Poe

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

Edgar Allan Poe

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

John Dewey

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

Carl Sagan

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

Alfred North Whitehead

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

Ronald Reagan

There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder.

Ronald Reagan

The function of the imagination is not to make strange things settled, so much as to make settled things strange.

G. K. Chesterton

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 F. Kettering

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

Thomas A. Edison

The power of imagination makes us infinite.

John Muir

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

Bill Hicks

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

True change takes place in the imagination.

Thomas Moore

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

Gloria Steinem

Science may set limits to knowledge, but should not set limits to imagination.

Bertrand Russell

I think the fun part of the show is, every hour is completely different. There's no formula by any stretch of imagination.

Bertram Van Munster

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

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

Russell Page

When I first heard about this, my imagination wasn't big enough to handle it. But it looks like we have another product we can be proud of.

Mark Anderson

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

Man Ray

It's amazing what you can do with an E in A-level art, twisted imagination and a chainsaw.

Damien Hirst

Love is a canvas furnished by Nature and embroidered by imagination.


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

Live in your imagination, not in your past.

Linda Chandler

It's not a trunk song by any stretch of the imagination.

Martin Charnin

He is indebted to his memory for his jests and to his imagination for his facts.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Use your imagination not to scare yourself to death but to inspire yourself to life.

Adele Brookman

Imagination is the true magic carpet.

Norman Vincent Peale

For now, unfortunately, we're going to leave that up to your imagination.

Tony White

All he has is his dog and his imagination.

Tim Sample

Takes a lot of imagination, and frankly, my imagination was pretty much absorbed by my children.

Jill Clayburgh

Faith is spiritualized imagination.

Henry Ward Beecher

To claim their goal is not partisan really stretches the imagination.

William Greene

We just have to basically hope that we don't have a hurricane come back into the Gulf of Mexico this summer. We haven't fixed yet, by any stretch of the imagination, everything that got broken.

Matt Simmons

This has gone absolutely way beyond our imagination or expectations ever.

Hadi Jawad

A financier is a pawnbroker with imagination.

Arthur W. Pinero

Reason clears and plants the wilderness of the imagination to harvest the wheat of art.

Austin O'Malley

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

Mark Twain

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

Imagination... its limits are only those of the mind itself.

Rod Serling

The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.

Jean jacques Rousseau

To imagine the unimaginable is the highest use of the imagination.

Cynthia Ozick

Art requires imagination. It requires Creativity. Creativity requires experience and experience comes from your life. And your life is expressed in your art.

Bruce Lee

To speak of morals in art is to speak of legislature in sex. Art is the sex of the imagination.

George Jean Nathan

It's great to see new young guys coming through with imagination, creativity that always keeps the dunk alive.

Darryl Dawkins

It's all based on the facts, but there are some things that are unknown, ... It's animated by its own sense of imagination.

Douglas Mcgrath

The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.

Victor Hugo

Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than are the classics.

J. B. S. Haldane

Death is the tyrant of the imagination.

Barry Cornwall

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

William Warburton

If that's exactly what the creators intended, who can say, but it certainly doesn't take a lot of imagination to see that it's eye-shaped.

John Ricisak

Man is free in his imagination, but bound by his reason.

Israel Lipkin

Yes, it does fire the imagination just being able to imagine.

Alfred Bea

A disaster where marble has been substituted for imagination.

Ada Louise Huxtable

The only war is the war against the human imagination. All other wars are subsumed in it.

Paul Jacob

Very few authors manage to keep selling that well. This is an author that clearly caught the imagination of their generation and then managed to keep capturing the imagination of generations.

Nick James

There was lap dancing with a fair amount of cash floating around the floor with the dancers, leading quickly into sexual acts in a nature so explicit imagination wasn't necessary.

Stephen Doyle

Science does not know its debt to imagination. Goethe did not believe that a great naturalist could exist without this faculty.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Never in my wildest imagination would I have figured this, but we played every game to this intensity level.

Kermit Carolina

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

Reason respects the differences, and imagination the similitudes of things.

Percy Bysshe Shelley

It is feeling and force of imagination that make us eloquent.

Marcus Valerius Martialis

It could be anything. It's up to a person's imagination of what they can make a Colonel.

Damian Breaux

It takes as much imagination to create debt as to create income.

Leonard Orr

Vision - It reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

Robert Collier

The man who has no imagination has no wings.

Muhammad Ali

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

Judy Garland

It leaves it to the audience's imagination at the end [as the bomb goes off]. It goes blank white. We're living in the blank white and it's definitely not paradise.

Ron Kehrmann

Reading helps me be more creative, it helps my imagination and I like the fact that it gives me some quiet time.

Rey Mysterio

I am amazed to live in such a beautiful country. It is beyond my wildest imagination that it happened so quickly.

Bruce Walker

I can't comprehend it, it's something beyond imagination.

Shaul Goldstein

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

David Garrick

It is out of your imagination that the seeds of your success are sown.

Zephyr Bloch jorgensen

[Poetry] is the lava of the imagination whose eruption prevents an earthquake.

Lord Byron

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

How much are they able to capture your imagination and your heart? Being tall doesn't necessarily do it.

Cesar Pelli

It's not an uncommon occurrence by any stretch of the imagination.

Sharon Gamble

How many feasible projects have miscarried through despondency, and been strangled in their birth by a cowardly imagination.

Jeremy 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

It seems that this much-ballyhooed information campaign of the opposition exists only in the imagination of its leaders.

Raul Lambino

We've been very lucky, but we're not out of the woods by any stretch of the imagination.

Joe Colwell

You cannot condemn a man for what may only be a figment of your own imagination.

Stephen King

It is here [in mathematics] that the artist has the fullest scope of his imagination.

Henry Ellis

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

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

Martha Gellhorn

You're only limited by your imagination.

Donna Dow

A financier is a pawn-broker with imagination.

Arthur Wing Pinero

When temptation knocks, imagination usually answers.

Dan Bennett

To some extent, placebos are about the effect of the human imagination.

Ted Kaptchuk

I don't think we had any fans. It was definitely all baby blue everywhere. That was not a neutral site by any stretch of the imagination.

Jeremy Trueblood

Imagination helps bring out the realism of every detail and only sees the beauties of the work.

Honore De Balzac

Worry is a misuse of imagination.

Dan Zadra

One supreme fact which I have discovered is that it is not willpower, but fantasy-imagination that creates. Imagination is the creative force. Imagination creates reality.

Richard Wagner

Every man loves two women;the one is the creation of his imagination and the other is not yet born.

Kahlil Gibran

There are a lot of kids out there that have great talent and we want to help spark their imagination through this.

Catrina Cormell

Before I did that, there was no way to contain your vision. That's why I created a pond 'room' in which the imagination could dwell.

Jack Chandler

We never had any doubt that Harry Potter and his world came from the rich and extraordinary imagination of J.K. Rowling.

Barbara Marcus

With your imagination you can wear (them) from the morning to night.

Issey Miyake

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

What is going to build up the party are new ideas, creativity and imagination.

Jerry Meek

Everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it and the imagination to improvise.

Sylvia Plath

Politics is the enemy of the imagination.

Ian Mcewan

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

Charles Keating

Imagination is at the root of much that passes for love.

Gilbert Parker

She has no imagination and that means no compassion.

Michael Foot

I listen constantly to classical music and I find that stretches my imagination. I listen to some contemporary and even cutting-edge things.

Bobby Short

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

Richard Wright

Vulgarity begins when imagination succumbs to the explicit.

Doris Day

I don't think that by any stretch of the imagination you can say that the cap has contributed to lower prices. In fact, it has led to higher prices.

Jack Suyderhoud

Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality.

Jules de Gaultier

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be the truth.

John Keats

That was a wonderful void to let imagination work.

Geraldine Brooks

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

People can die of mere imagination.

Geoffrey Chaucer

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

Dorothea Brande

Yes, in terms of the total football and imagination, ... I had asked for more from certain players and we got that. The front six were fantastic.

John Hartson

It's about human imagination and curiosity. What's out there? What's in the great beyond? What exists at levels we can't see with our five senses?

James Cameron

Being an actor's about imagination and you have to keep extending your imagination.

Dominic Monaghan

The Robin Hood Motel. Use your imagination - it probably was as bad as it sounds. We're really low-budget.

Simon Hauger

I don't think it's blown by, by any stretch of the imagination.

John Fortier

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

Catherine The Great

I am certain of nothing but the Holiness of the Heart's affections and the Truth of the Imagination.

John Keats

It is just more the types of companies. They don't capture the imagination of the public.

Monica Doss

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

Washington Irving

The response has been incredible. The idea just seems to have caught people's imagination.

Alex Tew

It really stretches the imagination to see what people have come up with.

Paul Myer

Imagination creates reality.

Richard Wagner

Sometimes I feel like a figment of my own imagination.

Lily Tomlin

It's left up to the imagination what you could provide to the viewer.

Gary Gardner

By no measure of the imagination did we have joint defenses.

Rodney Barnes

Your deeds exceed the power of human imagination. They are without equal in the history of mankind. How can we (the German people) ever thank you?

Leni Riefenstahl

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

Azar Nafisi

The price tag could be very little, or it could be beyond our wildest imagination.

David Tokofsky

The sky's the limit. There's no cap on the sky. So use your imagination.

Trimaine Davis

The musical allows you to be transported to a different place, a place often fun and beautiful. It takes your imagination to different levels.

Jeff Buhrman

We haven't seen the worst case scenario by any stretch of the imagination.

Roger Pielke

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

Chris Cooper

It's probably beyond my imagination.

Holly Hunter

Memory is so much a part of imagination, so plastic, so wonderfully plastic.

Tracy Kidder

Random words, heard by chance, turn to hard facts in the eyes of a man of imagination, if there's any fire burning in his heart.

Friedrich von Schiller

These characters are the product of a virtuoso act of the imagination.

Neil Gordon

It shows that we have a lot of activity, a lot of imagination and are doing things in an innovative way.

Cyrus Reed

We're offering them the world's imagination.

Andrew Preis

We can do something truly exceptional ... something that demands a new standard of imagination and ambition.

Daniel Doctoroff

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections and the truth of imagination. What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth - whether it existed before or not.

John Keats

We have found no corruption by the secretary general, ... his behavior has not been exonerated by any stretch of the imagination.

Paul A. Volcker

These images come from the imagination of whites, and it's whites who need to address them.

Susan Morris

Imagination is a beast that has to be put in a cage.

Timothy Spall

Perhaps what we sometimes call "genius" is simply a refusal to altogether let go of childhood imagination.

Michael Cibenko

There's no way around it. Koizumi is a political genius. His creation of the assassin candidates has captured the public's imagination.

Yasunori Sone

They need dress-up clothes, dolls, toy trucks, blocks and other things that get the imagination working.

Rosalind Charlesworth

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

William Trevor

Does the imagination dwell the most upon a woman won or a woman lost?

William Butler Yeats

The moon develops the imagination, as chemicals develop photographic images.

Sheila Ballantyne

Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life.

Simone Weil

In imagination, there's no limitation.

Mark Victor Hansen

Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young.

W. Somerset Maugham

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

Ellen Key