Imagination Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old imagination quotes, imagination sayings, and imagination proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

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
You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus. Mark Twain
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere. Carl Sagan
Everything you can imagine is real. Pablo Picasso
I imagine that yes is the only living thing. E. E. Cummings
To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another. John Burroughs
Imagination grows by exercise, and contrary to common belief, is more powerful in the mature than in the young. W. Somerset Maugham
I imagine, therefore I belong and am free. Lawrence Durrell
Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. Albert Einstein
Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create. Maria Montessori
Imagination is the golden-eyed monster that never sleeps. It must be fed; it cannot be ignored. Patricia A. Mckillip
Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions. Albert Einstein
Reason is intelligence taking exercise. Imagination is intelligence with an erection. Victor Hugo
Because when you are imagining, you might as well imagine something worth while. L.M. Montgomery
Imagination means nothing without doing. Charles Chaplin
The imagination is a palette of bright colors. You can use it to touch up memories ? or you can use it to paint dreams. Robert Brault
Nothing encourages creativity like the chance to fall flat on one's face. James D. Finley
The creative person is both more primitive and more cultivated, more destructive, a lot madder and a lot saner, than the average person. Frank Barron
Sometimes imagination pounces; mostly it sleeps soundly in the corner, purring. Terri Guillemets
He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet. Joseph Joubert
Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. Lauren Bacall
Perhaps imagination is only intelligence having fun. George Scialabba
I believe in the imagination. What I cannot see is infinitely more important than what I can see. Duane Michals
Those who do not think outside the box are easily contained. Nicolas Manetta
Creative minds have always been known to survive any kind of bad training. Anna Freud
To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted. George Kneller
Imagination governs the world. Napolon Bonaparte
Imagination was given to man to compensate him for what he is not; a sense of humor to console him for what he is. Sir Francis Bacon
The imagination is man's power over nature. Wallace Stevens
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
The imagination, give it the least license, dives deeper and soars higher than Nature goes. Henery David Thoreau
Imagination is an inner resource. That's why it takes stopping, slowing, silencing, reassuring, embracing to allow it to speak. Suzanne Beth Stinnett
Imagination is actually a form of computation. Imagination gives calculated and instinctive solutions for the future. L. Ron Hubbard
It is better to have enough ideas for some of them to be wrong, than to be always right by having no ideas at all. Edward de Bono
Imagination is the voice of daring. If there is anything godlike about God, it is that. He dared to imagine everything Henry Miller
Fantasy was always only a reality waiting to be switched on. Joe Hill
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. Albert Einstein
The power of imagination makes us infinite. John Muir
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination. Carl Gustav Jung
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which is everything in this world. Blaise Pascal
The quality of the imagination is to flow and not to freeze. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagination is not a talent of some people but is the health of everyone. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Imagination is a poor matter when it has to part company with understanding. Thomas Carlyle
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
Imagination is always the fabric of social life and the dynamic of history. The influence of real needs and compulsions, of real interests and materials, is indirect because the crowd is never conscious of it. Simone Weil
The imagination is never governed, it is always the ruling and divine power. John Ruskin
A strong imagination begetteth opportunity. Michel de Montaigne
The imagination is the secret and marrow of civilization. Henry Ward Beecher
Imagination allows you to see things in a non-traditional, non-restrictive manner. Your imagination is your picture of what tomorrow may bring. Catherine Pulsifer
Imagination is the only key to the future. Without it none exists - with it all things are possible. Ida Tarbell
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. Jean Jacques Rousseau
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
Imagination is the eye of the soul. Joseph Joubert
What is now proved was once only imagined. William Blake
To know is nothing at all. To imagine is everything. Anatole France
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 Schwab
If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put foundations under them. Henry David Thoreau
The mind can make / Substance, and people planets of its own, / With beings brighter than have been, and give / A breath to forms which can outlive all flesh. Lord Byron
All the works of man have their origin in creative fantasy. What right have we then to depreciate imagination? Carl Jung
Imagination is a good horse to carry you over the ground—not a flying carpet to set you free from probability. Robertson Davies
A lot of living is done in the imagination. Ralph Ellison
Imagination and fiction make up more than three-quarters of our real life. Rare indeed is the true contact with good and evil. Simone Weil
It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now? Reality leaves a lot to the imagination. John Lennon
A man who has no imagination has no wings. Muhammad Ali
If you kill imagination, that is a kind of long-term suicide. Pierre Boulez
Nothing we ever imagined is beyond our powers, only beyond our present self-knowledge. Theodore Roszak
The imagination is a persistent demon; the world would be black and white without it. Isabel Allende
Imagination is not fantasy; what it produces is really and permanently there, and the creative mind is not the subjective or introverted mind. Northrop Frye
It is in the imagination that the world becomes more intelligible, and communication proceeds without the obstacles of cultural difference. Northrop Frye
There is no power on earth like imagination. Laurens Van Der Post
There are no days in life so memorable as those which vibrated to some stroke of imagination. Ralph Waldo Emerson
It is the marriage of the soul with Nature that makes the intellect fruitful, that gives birth to imagination. Henry David Thoreau
The great instrument of moral good is imagination. Percy Bysshe Shelley
For God hath made you able to create worlds in your own mind which are more precious unto Him than those which he created. Thomas Traherne
The soul without imagination is what an observatory would be without a telescope. Henry Ward Beecher
Fantasies are more than substitutes for unpleasant realities, they are also dress rehearsals. All acts performed in the world begin in the imagination. Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
Imagination is the one weapon in the war against reality. Jules de Gaultier
The most imaginative people are the most credulous, for to them everything is possible. Alexander Chase
Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination circles the world. Albert Einstein
Where there is no imagination, there is no horror. Arthur Conan Doyle
Imagination is one of the last remaining legal means you have to gain an unfair advantage over your competition. Pat Fallon
When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning. Albert Camus
Were it not for imagination, Sir, a man would be as happy in the arms of a chambermaid as of a Duchess. Samuel Johnson
If you have no eye, the mind takes you there. Jabo Wisdom